The Azerbaijan State News Agency


Azerbaijani NGOs send open letter to US congressmen

Baku, June 3, AZERTAC

Azerbaijan's non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have sent an open letter to US congressmen.

AZERTAC presents the letter:

“We, the representatives of Civil Society of Azerbaijan, would like, first of all, to extend our heartfelt thanks to US Congressmen by sending an open letter to them, for their interest in environmental issues, particularly in the chairmanship of Azerbaijan in COP29.

A 26-member group of the U.S. Congress consisting of 535 members (including 3 members from the 100-member Senate and 23-members from 435-member House of Representatives) addressed a letter to the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Senior Advisor to the U.S. President John Podesta on May 13, 2024, attempting to smear Azerbaijan's chairmanship of COP29 with unfounded and absurd allegations.

The immediate understanding of the absurd nature of this letter in the White House can be seen from the messages addressed to Azerbaijan by both Blinken and Biden after reading it. Secretary of State Blinken stated that U.S. welcomes the fact that Azerbaijan is hosting COP29, while President Biden said that the U.S. is ready to support Azerbaijan in the successful hosting of the event.

Considering this, maybe there was no need to write such an open letter to US Congressmen at all. However, taking into account the passion some Congressmen demonstrated about environmental issues, we would not save them some recommendations. We believe that these tips can be useful also, for the editors of the Financial Times, which has recently become a Tribune of anti-Azerbaijani “hate speech”, in finding not only fiction, but also some real topics:

1. It is a mere fact that the United States is a leader country in the world among those which mostly polluting the environment. Of course, it does not do it willingly, all it happens due to its huge economy and industries. Congressmen who "take care of humanity's environmental issues" can come up with concrete proposals and program projects to mitigate these impacts. They can also ask the US government why COP, the largest event to combat climate change, has never been held in the United States. In the UN Framework Convention on climate change, the term “historical responsibility” refers to the amount of waste emitted by countries in the period after the beginning of industrialization from 1750 until present, and the historical responsibility of each state defined accordingly. The historical responsibility of the United States for the volume of carbon emissions is more than 430 billion tons. This is the highest indicator in the world. Those congressmen could find courage and articulate these statistics to those who ordered this letter before signing the petition, and then they would not have found themselves in the current situation;

2. The United States ranks first place in oil production around the world. The US produces 13 million barrels of oil per day, which accounts around 15% of the volume in the world. This does not include oil produced by US companies in foreign countries. We wonder why these congressmen don't think about why the US spends less on climate change measures per capita than the European Union and other developed countries, or why they don't question the local government about it?! The United States, along with other developed countries, has made international commitments to provide financial and technical support to developing countries to combat climate change. However, not even 10% of these obligations are fulfilled by the United States. This may be another good topic for congressmen;

3. In the climate change crisis existing in the world, coal has an exceptional share as the dirtiest type of fuel, and gas emissions that produce a thermal effect are most often emitted from the processes of production, storage, transportation and burning it. It should be noted with regret that coal is still used as fuel in the United States, which has a great historical responsibility to humanity. The US has historically been the largest coal-producing country. In 2022, the US produced 540 million tons of coal per year, ranking 4th in the world. Historically, coal has not been produced in Azerbaijan. For more than 10 years, the use of fuel oil in Azerbaijan has dropped to almost zero, and now only natural gas is used as the cleanest fuel. This has already contributed the fulfillment of Azerbaijan's obligations under international agreements which up to 70%. Incidentally, the US also holds a leading position in the world in the production of compressed liquid fuel, which is even more environmentally polluted than conventional gas;

4. As a member of the OPEC+ platform, Azerbaijan is setting an example to the world that oil and gas countries should be at the forefront of solving climate change issues. It is no coincidence that this time, the international community unanimously entrusted the hosting of COP29 to Azerbaijan, which is also demonstrates the attitude and sympathy of the world for Azerbaijan's green energy policy. Judging a country for having rich oil and gas reserves does not fit into common sense. Azerbaijani provides stable supply oil and gas to European markets for many years to come. Half of Azerbaijan's natural gas exports - 12 billion cubic meters - go to the European Union Market, in the next 3 years this figure will reach 20 billion cubic meters at the request of the European Commission. Azerbaijani gas has prevented the destruction of valuable forest resources, which are closely connected with the global climate system to meet energy needs in Europe and has made it possible to preserve them. It is not understandable that instead of thanking Azerbaijan for this responsible behavior, US Congressmen try to condemn it. The displayed prejudice is also, a clear disrespect for the position of the international community, which unanimously supported Azerbaijan at COP29;

5. Azerbaijan announced its new energy strategy long before the issue of hosting COP29. It has already started huge projects on the green transition. In the next 6 years, Azerbaijan's solar and wind energy will amount to 5,000 megawatts (5 gigawatts). There will be an opportunity to export 4 gigawatts green energy to Europe and the proven reserves of offshore wind energy are 157 gigawatts. This explains the green energy potential of Azerbaijan. We wonder why U.S. congressmen, who behave like "environmentalists" don't talk about it. Azerbaijan has declared Karabakh, East Zangezur, and the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic as green energy zones. In fact, Azerbaijan, as a developing country, sends a wise message to the world at a time when the window of opportunity to keep global warming below 2°C is narrowing, and the opportunity to keep it at 1.5°C is running out. The essence of the message is clear: in modern times, when no country is insured against climate threats, the catastrophe that global climate changes can cause can only be prevented thanks to global solidarity, green thinking;

6. 26 US Congressmen behave like 26 Baku Commissioners, who existed in history and made their names due to their activities against Azerbaijan. On another note, one of them was the executioner Stepan Shaumyan, who shed the blood of the Azerbaijani people. Like Shaumyan, "Nagorno-Karabakh" and "Stepanakert", which was supposedly declared the "capital" in his honor, no longer exist. Azerbaijan has restored historical justice. If the U.S. congressmen who signed the petition want to care for Karabakh, first of all, let them talk about the nature destroyed by Armenia in Karabakh, cut down trees, polluted rivers, and ecosystems razed to the ground. We did not see these 26 US congressmen protesting when a metallurgical plant was built in Arazdeyan, bordering the Republic of Azerbaijan, in violation of all international environmental norms, including the Espoo Convention, with the investment of a US company. Even today, the transboundary rivers of Azerbaijan are facing the environmental consequences of Armenia's illegal mining activities. We have never heard a single protest from US congressmen in this regard. Is this your attitude to nature?

So, the essence of your petition is clear to us. You are making unsuccessful attempts to hide the existing framework of developed countries, which bear the main historical responsibility for global climate change, mislead the world community by manipulating them, and place the main blame on small oil and gas producing countries.

Azerbaijan's slogan for COP29 is “In solidarity for a Green World!". We invite you to COP29, come and see everything with your own eyes. Hundreds of foreign NGOs and civil society institutions welcoming Azerbaijan's struggle with climate change, are making a series of statements these days. They welcome and appreciate the achievements of Azerbaijan as a host country for COP29 in a short time. Just like Blinken and Biden you're addressing!

If you need further recommendations, please, do not hesitate to let us know. We will be delighted to provide them!”

Share news on social media

Follow us on social network

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva shared post on Eid al-Adha

GUAM countries discussed enhancing cooperation in transportation and communication sectors

President of BRISD and Global Climate Youth Leader, participates in UNFCCC SB60 in Bonn

Spain defeat Croatia 3-0 in Group B game at EURO 2024

President of Northern Cyprus Ersin Tatar congratulates Azerbaijan on National Salvation Day and 3rd anniversary of Shusha Declaration

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan congratulates people of Azerbaijan on National Salvation Day

President Ilham Aliyev shared post on Eid al-Adha

Azerbaijan Army holds series of events on National Salvation Day

Shusha-hosted conference features panel session on "Turkic World-2040: a conceptual vision of the future"

Switzerland beat Hungary 3-1 in Group A match of EURO 2024

Shusha hosts discussions on party diplomacy as a new dialogue platform

Turkish ministers congratulate leadership and people of Azerbaijan on National Salvation Day

Doncic scores 29, Mavericks roll past Celtics 122-84 to avoid a sweep in NBA Finals

Chinese military delegation continues visit to Azerbaijan

Turkish Foreign Ministry: We will be together forever as "One nation, two states"

Earth's climate might have been influenced by sun's passage through dense interstellar cloud: Study

Azerbaijani Premier and Speaker of Milli Majlis visit grave of National Leader Heydar Aliyev in Alley of Honors

Azerbaijan's defense ministry organizes media tour to Military Trophy Park VIDEO

Shusha hosts discussions on regional contribution of Organization of Turkic States to global security

National Leader Heydar Aliyev's services in Turkic world are remembered today with great appreciation, says Deputy Chairman of New Azerbaijan Party

Title holders Italy to play Albania in their EURO 2024 group opener on Saturday

First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva made post on occasion of June 15 - National Salvation Day

Shusha hosts conference on “Organization of Turkic States: towards new strategic goals in context of geopolitical realities and global cataclysms"

Azerbaijani President: Relations between countries of Organization of Turkic States represent a very important factor for stability, security and development

To His Majesty Charles III, King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

President Ilham Aliyev: Cooperation among political parties of countries of Organization of Turkic States plays an important role in realization of common goals

Pope warns of potential dangers from AI

To the participants of the international conference on “Organization of Turkic States: towards new strategic goals in the context of geopolitical realities and global cataclysms”

Hosts Germany beat 10-man Scotland 5 - 1 in UEFA EURO 2024 opener

President Ilham Aliyev made post on June 15 - National Salvation Day

COP29 Chief Executive Officer meets with EU Ambassador to Azerbaijan

IOC EB proposes creation of “Olympic Esports Games” to IOC Session

Azerbaijani rower ranks 3rd in BRICS Sports Games Kazan 2024

Azerbaijan Army positions in Nakhchivan direction once again subjected to fire

Baku hosts event on climate change and its impact on population dynamics as part of the "29 Climate Conversations: The Road to COP29" series

Azerbaijan 3x3 basketball team ready for action in FIBA Women’s Series Clermont-Ferrand Stop 2024

Azerbaijan Army’s Chief of General Staff watches tactical-special exercise of engineering units

"Azerkhalcha" OJSC and Aydan Salahova signed a joint project - "Woman" triptych carpet

From Daniel Noboa Azín, Constitutional President of the Republic of Ecuador

Azerbaijani, Bangladesh’s foreign ministries hold political consultations

From Dr Mohamed Irfaan Ali, President of the Co-operative Republic of Guyana

Awareness-raising event on “State guarantees for rights and freedoms of persons with disabilities” arranged as part of Human Rights Month

Azerbaijan, Serbia discuss military cooperation

Coastal Cleanup Initiative organized with COP29 volunteers

From Abdullatif Jamal Rashid, President of the Republic of Iraq

Astana hosts meeting on COP29 preparations

ASCO orders BS new vessels

Azerbaijan exports crude oil and oil products worth $6.258 billion in January-May 2024

AZPROMO, "Enterprise Greece" ink Memorandum of Understanding

4 forest officials killed while extinguishing fire in India's Uttarakhand

Azerbaijani sambo fighter grabs bronze in BRICS Sports Games Kazan 2024

Germany eyes boost in tourism revenue during UEFA Euro 2024

Why is Germany opposed to EU tariffs on Chinese electric vehicles?

Gender equality linked to men eating more meat

Ambassador of Brazil visits Baku Higher Oil School

Storied Titian painting found at London bus stop after theft goes to auction

SOCAR, Baker Hughes sign Cooperation Agreement

Coca-Cola files applications to register 8 trademarks in Russia

Solar energy production in Azerbaijan increased 8 times

UNEC in "THE Impact 2024" ranking

President Ilham Aliyev congratulates people of Azerbaijan on Eid al-Adha

Azerbaijan’s Defense Minister meets with Chinese military delegation

Moscow to host 102nd meeting of CIS Economic Council

Message of congratulation to the people of Azerbaijan on the occasion of Eid al-Adha

COP29 Presidency launches COP29 Academy

S. Korea, U.S., Japan expected to hold 1st trilateral multidomain exercise late June

® Winners of “AZERCELL CUP 2024” competition announced

5,000 sturgeons released into Caspian Sea as part of CANSO event

® Kapital Bank offers advantageous options to customers with cash loans and credit cards from other banks

June 14 marks World Blood Donor Day

Oil prices down in world markets

Azerbaijani oil price rises in global markets

Azerbaijan Army positions in Nakhchivan direction once again subjected to fire

Assistant to the President Hikmet Hajiyev participates in political dialogue in "NATO + Azerbaijan" format in Brussels and conducts several meetings

Hybrid-format event on decolonization and role of communication held

Azerbaijani wrestlers ready for action in Poland

Baku Initiative Group to continue supporting Kanak people's struggle for independence

ACLU, immigrant rights groups sue to stop Biden border policy

Czech ambassador to Azerbaijan informed about preparations for COP29

NATO's Mobile Training Team conducts course at Azerbaijan Air Force

Italy's premier kicks off G7 summit to discuss global issues, Ukraine, Mideast

AFFA president meets with Fernando Santos

® Kapital Bank participates in Nakhchivan’s first “Career Fair”

Azerbaijani female chess player wins bronze at FIDE World Junior Chess Championships U20

® Silk Way West Airlines successfully transported yaks from Kyrgyzstan to Azerbaijan

Acropolis in Athens closed as Greece bakes in heatwave: What travellers need to know

More than 5,000 migrants killed on perilous journey from North Africa to Spanish coast in January-May 2024

Ombudsperson comments on French government’s biased position against Azerbaijani media representative

At least 40 Indians die in a fire at a building housing foreign workers in Kuwait

England's hospital waiting lists rise to 7.57m

AZANS, Aireon and Metron Aviation collaborate for advanced digital platforms in civil aviation

Paulo Fonseca named AC Milan coach and tasked with challenging Serie A champ Inter

Azerbaijani parliamentary delegation visits National Library of Belarus

Maire representatives visit Baku Higher Oil School

AI must never stand for 'advancing inequality,' says UN chief

Central Bank: $75m worth of demand fully covered at FX auction

Raising of Azerbaijani flag at Khojaly airport in spotlight of Ukrainian media outlets

President Ilham Aliyev attended inauguration of Mud Volcanoes Tourism Complex VIDEO

Fernando Santos signs 3+1 deal with Azerbaijan national team VIDEO

Norway hosts event on preparations for COP29