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COP29
« on: January 05, 2024, 06:08:40 PM »
I have opened the COP29 Thread

Am I in self-destruct mode?
Is the world in self-destruct mode?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2024/jan/05/cop29-will-be-led-by-mukhtar-babayev-azerbaijan-ecology-minister-who-is-oil-industry-veteran
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Oil industry veteran to lead next round of Cop climate change summit

Mukhtar Babayev is named president-in-waiting of UN climate summit to be held in November


Sceptics have already raised questions over the appointment of Mukhtar Babayev to the role. Photograph: Thomas Mukoya/Reuters

Cop29, the next round of UN talks to tackle the climate crisis, will be led by another veteran of the oil and gas industry.

Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan’s ecology and natural resources minister, has been appointed the president-in-waiting for the Cop29 climate talks when they take place in the country in November.

Before his entry into politics in the autocratic country in western Asia, once a Soviet republic, Babayev spent 26 years working for the State Oil Company of the Azerbaijan Republic (Socar).

Close observers of the Cop process will see parallels with the appointment of Sultan Al Jaber, who moonlighted from his role as the chief executive of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company to preside over the summit when it took place in Dubai last year.

Sceptics have already begun to point to Babayev’s appointment as raising questions over the commitment to the global phase-out of fossil fuels in Azerbaijan. The country relied on oil and gas for more than 92.5% of its export revenue last year, according to the US government’s International Trade Administration.

But Babayev does have form in environmental protection, having spent three years as Socar’s vice-president for ecology, in which time he oversaw efforts to remediate Azerbaijan’s contaminated soils. The country is wrestling with a number of severe ecological problems, including, after 160 years of oil production, decades-worth of damage from the petrochemical organisations that operate there.

Born in Baku while Azerbaijan was still part of the USSR, Babayev served in the Soviet military before studying political science at Moscow State University and then foreign economic relations at the Azerbaijan State University of Economics.

He joined Socar in 1994, working in foreign economic relations and marketing until his appointment as the company’s ecology tsar in 2008. According to a US diplomatic cable published by WikiLeaks, on his appointment to that role Babayev hosted the first ecology conference in Azerbaijan’s history.

In the environment role, he described remediation as the “shared mission and moral imperative” of all Azerbaijanis, but also said that any fall in oil prices could hamper efforts.

US diplomats reported him as saying in a subsequent meeting that his mission was to “change the mentality” of Azerbaijanis about their responsibilities to the environment, and even joking that his new role made him and Socar’s first vice-president “enemies”.

But he reportedly emphasised his role was to change Socar’s attitude to the environment while nonetheless continuing to develop Azerbaijan’s oil industry.

In 2010, Babayev entered politics, becoming an MP for the ruling New Azerbaijan party, which has won every election in the country since 1993. He was appointed minister for ecology in 2018, in which role he has fulminated against alleged ecological destruction by Armenians living in territories claimed by Azerbaijan.

Simon Stiell, the UN climate change executive secretary, welcomed the appointment, exhorting his team to work with Babayev and Yalchin Rafiyev, his lead negotiator, to deliver “a successful Cop29”.

The Azerbaijan government has been approached for comment.
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Re: COP29
« Reply #1 on: January 05, 2024, 08:06:44 PM »
Those COPs have become an absolute joke that never have, and never will save the climate. It's all up to economics now. Cheap solar, wind, and natural hydrogen will save the world, not these ridiculous COPs.
When factual science is in conflict with our beliefs or traditions, we cuddle up in our own delusional fantasy where everything starts making sense again.

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Re: COP29
« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2024, 06:59:15 PM »
too late for COP28 ...

Greenland Startup Begins Shipping Glacier Ice to Cocktail Bars In the UAE
https://amp.theguardian.com/world/2024/jan/09/greenland-startup-shipping-glacier-ice-cocktail-bars-uae-arctic-ice

Drinking a cocktail on top of a Dubai skyscraper may seem decadent enough, but a Greenland entrepreneur wants to add ancient glacier ice scooped from the fjords to the glass, for the ultimate international thrill.

Arctic Ice harvests ice from the fjords of Greenland, and then ships them to the United Arab Emirates to sell to exclusive bars. Using glacial ice in drinks is a common practice in Greenland, and, over the years, several entrepreneurs have unsuccessfully attempted to export it. Its co-founder Malik V Rasmussen said the ice, which has been compressed over millennia, is completely without bubbles and melts more slowly than regular ice. It is also purer than the frozen mineral water usually used in Dubai’s ice cubes.

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Re: COP29
« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2024, 02:03:06 AM »
Those COPs have become an absolute joke that never have, and never will save the climate. It's all up to economics now. Cheap solar, wind, and natural hydrogen will save the world, not these ridiculous COPs.
I completely agree. The unanimous consent rule has always been asinine. Change the rules to a supermajority and this crap wouldn't happen

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Re: COP29
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2024, 05:48:07 PM »
Cop29 - another even worse joke on us.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/01/azerbaijan-accused-crackdown-journalists-run-up-election
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Azerbaijan accused of crackdown on journalists in run-up to election
Sevinc Vaqifgizi is one of 13 independent journalists detained since snap presidential vote announced


David Pegg
Thu 1 Feb 2024 16.00 GMT
In late November last year, the investigative journalist Sevinc Vaqifgizi was arrested upon arrival at Heydar Aliyev international airport in Azerbaijan and accused of smuggling foreign currency.

Shortly before takeoff the 34-year-old editor had learned that her close colleague, Ulvi Hasanli, had been detained hours earlier. The two journalists ran Abzas Media, a small, independent Azerbaijani news outlet known for its investigations. They deny the charges.

Before boarding the plane, Vaqifgizi recorded a video on her phone. “People will pick up where we left off even if they arrest Ulvi, or me, or any of us,” she said. “Don’t let them think they can stop these investigations by arresting us. It won’t happen.”

Two weeks later, Azerbaijan’s president, Ilham Aliyev, announced snap elections would be held in February 2024, a year earlier than planned. Since then at least 11 other reporters have been arrested or detained, including four linked to Abzas.

Vaqifgizi’s colleagues were detained after a raid on their office, in which police claimed to have found €40,000 (£35,000) in cash. The journalists face up to eight years in jail if convicted of having illegally brought the money into the country.

International human rights groups suggest the charges are fabricated and part of a government crackdown on independent media. “The raid on the offices of Abzas Media, one of the few domestic Azerbaijani media outlets that still dares to investigate official corruption, and the arrest of its director, Ulvi Hasanli, appear to be in retaliation for the outlet’s pioneering journalism,” the Committee to Protect Journalists said last year.

Abzas’s previous work includes an investigation into the alleged torturing to death of Azerbaijani soldiers accused of treason, and the revelation of extensive wealth and property linked to ministers in Aliyev’s government.

Journalists from other outlets have also been arrested. Aziz Orujov, the director of the broadcaster Channel 13, was arrested in front of his young daughter on suspicion of “illegal construction”. His colleague Rufat Muradli was picked up for alleged “minor hooliganism”. Most have been placed in preventive detention for periods of several months that will elapse shortly after the elections.

‘Thrown into prison under absurd pretexts’
Abzas remains online outside Azerbaijan, but with only three staff still at liberty, investigative work is no longer possible. “Abzas is still publishing, doing daily reporting and daily news,” Leyla Mustafayeva, a freelance journalist who will take over Vaqifgizi’s role on an acting basis this month, told the Guardian. “But since November there haven’t been any investigations, because the main staff doing the investigations are in jail.”

A coalition of 15 media organisations, coordinated by the Paris-based outlet Forbidden Stories and including the Guardian, is on Thursday launching the Baku Connection project which, which continues some of the investigations Abzas’s journalists were working on before they were arrested.

The Aliyev government denies confecting charges against reporters. “In Azerbaijan, people are not arrested or interrogated just for their political opinions or just for their profession,” said Leyla Abdullayeva, Azerbaijan’s French ambassador, in an interview with France 24, one of the Baku Connection partners. “If a journalist is questioned or imprisoned, that is to say it is an illegal act, he has committed an illegal act.”

Free press and democracy campaigners are more sceptical. The country ranks 151st out of 180 on the Reporters Without Borders press freedom index, behind Pakistan, Libya and Sudan. “President Ilham Aliyev has wiped out any semblance of pluralism,” its most recent survey of global press freedom concluded. “Journalists who resist harassment, blackmail or bribery attempts are thrown into prison under absurd pretexts.”

Those independent journalists not arrested have found their ability to publish constrained by increasingly severe economic restrictions. For example, accepting charitable grants from outside Azerbaijan was criminalised in 2014. In contrast, pro-government media receive cash bonuses and subsidies, and occasionally bribes, according to Reporters Without Borders.

Azerbaijan’s ambitions may attract greater scrutiny

Twenty years after seizing power amid alleged ballot rigging and widespread police violence, Aliyev appears to be more interested in displaying a respectable face internationally. The country hosted the Eurovision song contest in 2012, the European Games in 2015, and will host the next United Nations global climate change summit, Cop29, in November this year.

Such ambitions risk attracting greater attention to concerns about human rights violations. Last week the parliamentary body of the Council of Europe, an international organisation founded in 1949 to promote democracy and human rights across the continent, voted to reject the Azerbaijani delegation’s credentials, citing its failure to implement even basic human rights reforms.

“Very serious concerns remain as to [Azerbaijan’s] ability to conduct free and fair elections, the separation of powers, the weakness of its legislature vis-a-vis the executive, the independence of the judiciary and respect for human rights,” stated a resolution passed by the assembly, which is known as Pace.

For an organisation that has handed over millions of euros to overhaul and improve Azerbaijan’s police force, such a statement could appear to be an admission of failure. Forbidden Stories identified more than €23m of payments by the Council of Europe to a variety of Azerbaijani criminal justice reform programmes since 2014.

In response to the assembly resolution, Azerbaijan accused Pace of “political corruption, discrimination, ethnic and religious hatred, double standards, arrogance, chauvinism” and “Azerbaijanophobia and Islamophobia”, and said it would withdraw from the group.

The Council of Europe’s position is the latest in a series of actions taken by authorities across the continent. British courts recently approved the seizure of funds allegedly linked to the “Azerbaijani Laundromat”. German and Italian politicians have been convicted of, or charged with, taking bribes from Azerbaijan in “caviar diplomacy” corruption cases.

Whether increasing international criticism and action will help Azerbaijan’s arrested journalists seems unlikely. Mustafayeva, the incoming Abzas editor, said she doubted the regime would withdraw the criminal charges. But she also predicted that upon their release, her colleagues would immediately return to reporting.

“I hope that after they get released, they will come up with enough power and energy to continue their work,” she said. “I think so.”
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Re: COP29
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2024, 08:30:23 AM »
Cop 29: a bad joke?

https://www.theguardian.com/environment/article/2024/jun/12/azerbaijan-accused-of-media-crackdown-before-hosting-cop29
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Azerbaijan accused of media crackdown before hosting Cop29
State reportedly arrested at least 25 journalists and activists in last year as it prepares for September climate summit


Fiona Harvey in Bonn
Wed 12 Jun 2024 05.00 BST


Ilham Aliyev is serving a fifth term as president after elections recorded him winning 92% of the vote. Photograph: AP

Azerbaijan’s government has been accused of cracking down on media and civil society activism before the country’s hosting of crucial UN climate talks later this year.

Human Rights Watch has found at least 25 instances of the arrest or sentencing of journalists and activists in the past year, almost all of whom remain in custody.

Many campaigners and civil society groups have spoken of their concerns that climate advocacy was being stifled amid a media clampdown. Azerbaijan will host the UN Cop29 climate summit over two weeks in November, when nearly 200 governments, including dozens of heads of state, are expected to thrash out a new global approach to providing the funds needed to tackle the climate crisis.

Azerbaijan, an authoritarian state where media and civic freedoms are curtailed, is regarded as one of the world’s most corrupt countries, coming 154th out of 180 states in a ranking by Transparency International last year. There is little effective political opposition and the president, Ilham Aliyev, won more than 92% of the vote in elections in February to take a fifth consecutive term. His father was Heydar Aliyev, who led the country under Soviet rule and was installed as president after a military coup in 1993 followed the breakup of the eastern bloc.

Azerbaijan is also accused of holding political prisoners. A war with neighbouring Armenia last year over the disputed Nagorno-Karabakh region ended with 100,000 people being displaced from their homes.

One of Aliyev’s top advisers said a few weeks ago that the government intended to make Cop29 a “Cop of peace”, and to call for a Cop truce in which hostilities would be suspended around the world for the duration of the talks.

Campaigners raised their concerns at a pre-Cop29 meeting of governments in Bonn, where the secretariat for the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) is based. Officials from around the world are in the midst of two weeks of meetings to discuss the key issues that will dominate the Cop29 summit, including the vexed question of how to provide sufficient finance to help the developing world cut greenhouse gas emissions and cope with the impacts of global heating.

A protest was held at the entrance to the Bonn talks on Friday evening – the midpoint of the discussions – calling for the release of 23 Armenian political prisoners held in Azerbaijan. Some protesters accused the government of genocide.

Myrto Tilianaki, a senior environmental advocate at Human Rights Watch, highlighted the case of Anar Mammadli, a member of the Human Rights Houses network, who was arrested on 29 April on smuggling charges. He is a founder of the Climate of Justice Initiative, which aims to use Cop29 to push for environmental justice in Azerbaijan.

Ibad Bayramov is campaigning for the release of his father, Gubad Ibadoghlu, a research fellow at the London School of Economics and civil rights activist, who was imprisoned last summer and whose health has badly deteriorated, requiring urgent medical treatment which his family say he is not receiving.

Bayramov said: “Cop29 lends legitimacy on the world stage to the government’s illegitimate imprisonment of my father. As his health has deteriorated to extreme levels, western governments continue to meet weekly with their Azerbaijani counterparts regarding Cop29. Meaningful progress on climate change cannot be achieved in a country where individuals like my father are imprisoned and tortured for speaking out.”

Paul Polman, a former CEO of Unilever who now campaigns on climate and human rights issues, said he wanted to use Cop29 as an opportunity for the international community to talk about Azerbaijan’s treatment of prisoners, about which he has serious concerns. “I hope that Cop29 can be used as an opening,” he said. “But it’s appalling that human rights has not been on the agenda. After Cop29, there will not be a spotlight on Azerbaijan’s record.”

Azerbaijan’s government has rebutted the activists’ claims. A spokesperson said: “We totally reject the claims about [a] crackdown against human rights activists and journalists in Azerbaijan. No one is persecuted in Azerbaijan because of political beliefs or activities.

“As in any rule-of-law based society, any detention or imprisonment of a person who is suspected in illegal activities is subject to the requirements of investigation and fair trial, based on relevant laws and regulations. Instead of waiting for the results of criminal cases and investigations, as well as court rulings … to call on Azerbaijan to release suspects is in open contradiction with legal procedures.

“As Cop29 president, Azerbaijan lays out its vision and pillars for a successful year of climate negotiations, encouraging an open and direct dialogue among all nations, and we believe all the layers of society should contribute to successful efforts to tackle the climate change challenge.”

Azerbaijan’s presidency follows two other consecutive Cops – the term stands for conference of the parties, under the UNFCCC, the 1992 parent treaty to the Paris agreement – in countries with authoritarian leaders and poor records on human rights: the United Arab Emirates hosted Cop28 in Dubai last year, where protests were muted, and Egypt hosted Cop27 in 2022. The UN guarantees some freedom of expression for protesters within the confines of the Cop during the fortnight it runs, but has little influence on the hosts’ behaviour outside its precincts.

Tilianaki said: “Holding Cop29 in Azerbaijan raises serious concerns about the possibility of advancing ambitious climate action in negotiations. Governments attending the Bonn preparatory meeting should call out Azerbaijan for its repression of civil society and make clear that they will actively confront any attempts to weaken robust climate policies.”
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Re: COP29
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2024, 08:29:17 PM »
Maybe there is a hint in the hosts...  ::)
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Re: COP29
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2024, 06:20:47 PM »
This can't be happening. I was hoping Brazil would be a change after Azerbaijan, but it seems like the presidents of the most ridiculous COPs have already found a way to get their claws into COP30 as well. The language in this text is ridiculous. >:( >:( >:(

Climate COP Presidencies Troika Launches ‘Roadmap to Mission 1.5°C’

https://sdg.iisd.org/news/climate-cop-presidencies-troika-launches-roadmap-to-mission-1-5c

The Presidencies of the 2023, 2024, and 2025 UN Climate Change Conferences have formed the COP Presidencies Troika and launched the ‘Roadmap to Mission 1.5°C,’ to “significantly enhance international cooperation and the international enabling environment to stimulate ambition in the next round of nationally determined contributions, with a view to enhancing action and implementation over this critical decade and keeping 1.5°C within reach.”

On 21 March 2024, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) COP 28 Presidency, the Azerbaijani COP 29 Presidency, and the Brazilian COP 30 Presidency sent out a letter to parties, stating the Troika’s aim of raising and reframing ambition for the next round of nationally determined contributions (NDCs) to address “all pillars of climate action under the 1.5°C umbrella,” with strengthened targets and implementation frameworks.

According to the letter, signed by COP 28 President and UAE Special Envoy for Climate Change Sultan Al Jaber, COP 29 Incoming President and Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources of Azerbaijan Mukhtar Babayev, and Brazil’s Minister of the Environment and Climate Change Marina Silva, the Troika will:
  • Support parties’ nationally determined ambition and priorities through the implementation of the UAE Consensus;
  • Catalyze the mobilization and provision of technical and financial resources to further stimulate ambition in NDCs; and
  • Utilize existing mechanisms, processes, and stakeholders, within and outside the UN system, to channel means of implementation in support of greater ambition that contributes to sustainable development.
The letter informs of the Troika’s intention to formally call on the UN Secretary-General to create “a single coordinated, unified, and effective platform of UN support across agencies,” including through NDC incubation workshops and tools to align targets with 1.5°C and the UAE Consensus.

The COP Presidencies Troika will host a series of high-level political convenings to assess barriers to NDC development, including meetings during the Germany-hosted 15th Petersberg Climate Dialogue, the 60th sessions of the UNFCCC Subsidiary Bodies (SBs), the 79th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA), and a special session at the opening of the 29th session of the Conference Parties to the UNFCCC (COP 29). These meetings will discuss the “quantity and quality of support needed” to ensure NDCs can deliver just climate transitions aligned with the 1.5°C goal. The Presidencies will also work with “key thematic and political platforms” such as the Group of 20 (G20), “to channel existing knowledge and resources towards ambitious NDC development.”

The letter articulates the COP Presidencies Troika’s belief that “ambition and implementation can come from all parts of the world” and calls for the early submission of high-ambition NDCs. “As three developing countries representing different geographic regions,” the COP 28, COP 29, and COP 30 Presidencies announce they will demonstrate their commitment by submitting 1.5°C-aligned NDCs by early 2025.

Annexed to the letter is the Roadmap to Mission 1.5°C, which outlines its vision, mandate and objectives, and scope of work.

Unveiling the Troika’s vision at the Copenhagen Climate Ministerial, held from 21-22 March 2024, Al Jaber highlighted the next round of NDCs as “a critical tool for correcting course.” He said NDCs should: be economy-wide; cover all greenhouse gases (GHGs), including methane; “follow the science”; and ensure energy transition pathways that are “just, orderly, and responsible.”

Al Jaber called for “equally strong action on adaptation,” with National Adaptation Plans (NAPs) covering food systems, water security, nature, health, are peoples’ lives and livelihoods.


Emphasizing finance as the key enabler of climate progress, he said it “must be made more available, accessible, and affordable at every level” and stressed the need for “a climate finance architecture that unlocks the trillions needed for transformational green growth.” [Presidencies Troika Letter to Parties] [UAE Press Release]
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Re: COP29
« Reply #8 on: June 18, 2024, 06:37:37 PM »
They sort of coordinate what the main point of each talk is. It´s all blah blah without a commitment to actually reduce our FF output anyway.

We are doing the 2C ´slight overshoot´ scenario which is bad.
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