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Azerbaijan names a former oil exec to lead climate talks. Activists have concerns

DONATE Menu AP Logo Show Search Israel-Hamas war Election 2024 Alabama’s nitrogen execution Trump official convicted Vince McMahon CLIMATE Azerbaijan names a former oil exec to lead climate talks. Activists have concerns FILE - Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan ecology and natural resources minister, attends a plenary stocktaking session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Babayev has been named to lead the United Nations' annual climate talks later this year, prompting concern from some climate activists over his former ties to the state oil company in a major oil-producing nation.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File) FILE - Mukhtar Babayev, Azerbaijan ecology and natural resources minister, attends a plenary stocktaking session at the COP28 U.N. Climate Summit, Monday, Dec. 11, 2023, in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. Babayev has been named to lead the United Nations’ annual climate talks later this year, prompting concern from some climate activists over his former ties to the state oil company in a major oil-producing nation.(AP Photo/Rafiq Maqbool, File) Read More BY SIBI ARASU Updated 8:31 PM GMT+3, January 5, 2024 Share Azerbaijan’s ecology minister has been named to lead the United Nations’ annual climate talks later this year, prompting concern from some climate activists over his former ties to the state oil company in a major oil-producing nation. Mukhtar Babayev’s appointment was announced on X by the United Arab Emirates, which hosted the climate talks that just ended in December, and confirmed Friday by the United Nations. Officials in Azerbaijan did not immediately respond to messages seeking to confirm the appointment. Babayev, 56, has been his country’s minister for ecology and natural resources since 2018. Before that, he worked at Azerbaijan’s state oil company for more than two decades. Similar concerns dogged Sultan al-Jaber, the head of the UAE’s national oil company, as he presided over the talks in Dubai known as COP28. The COP president is responsible for running talks and getting nearly 200 countries to agree on a deal to help limit global warming, and skeptics questioned whether al-Jaber would be willing to confront the fossil fuels causing climate change.https://apnews.com/article/cop29-climate-change-azerbaijan-babayev-db087ba247d7c2e3b1ae9bf23cf9926c

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  • Joseph Githinji

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    Sad that Azerbaijan are doing everything wrong in planing this COP29, this should be a warning.

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    • Marine Stephan

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      This should be a climate warning instead! We do not want oil executives in the COP working group!!!

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