"Women Added To Cop29 Climate Summit Committee After Backlash"

"Panel was originally composed of 28 men, a move condemned as ‘regressive’ and ‘shocking’".

"The president of Azerbaijan has added 12 women to the previously all-male organising committee for the Cop29 global climate summit, which the country will host in December.

The move follows a backlash after the Guardian reported the initial 28-man composition of the committee, which was called “regressive” by the She Changes Climate campaign group. “Climate change affects the whole world, not half of it,” the group said.

Christiana Figueres, the UN’s climate chief when the historic Paris agreement was delivered in 2015, had called the all-male panel “shocking and unacceptable”.

President Ilham Aliyev also added a further man to the committee, which now comprises 29 men and 12 women. Among the women added are Umayra Taghiyeva, the deputy minister of ecology and natural resources, the human rights commissioner, Sabina Aliyeva, and Bahar Muradova, the chair of the state committee on family, women and children’s problems."

Damian Carrington reports for the Guardian January 19, 2024.

Source: Guardian, 01/22/2024