Between 14-16 March, Ban-Ki-moon Centre for Global Citizens CEO Monika Froehler attended the 11th edition of the Global Baku Forum in Baku, Azerbaijan with the title ‘‘Fixing the Fractured World’’. Read the recount of CEO Froehler at this event-filled three days below!

Check out the photos from the Forum on Flickr.

“The Forum was organized by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center and hosted fascinating sessions on global peace and security, the current situation in the Middle East, and preparations for COP29 in Azerbaijan, which will happen later this year.

According to the COP29 CEO Elnur Soltanov, this year’s COP will mostly focus on finance and carbon markets, renewables, energy efficiency and the concept of “green corridors” connecting markets East to West and North to South.

The community agrees that it will be decisive to make strides on climate financing in general, the New Collective Quantified Goal on Climate Finance (NCQG), loss and damages and the Global Goal on Adaptation (GGA).

I had the chance to exchange with the current President of the General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA) H.E. Dennis Francis, WHO Director General Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus on the “health- climate nexus”, Nobel Laureate Muhammad Yunus on the situation in Bangladesh and had talks with H.E. Sir Alok Sharma (COP26 President), Manuel Pulgar Vidal (COP20 President) and H.E. Maria Fernanda Espinosa (former UNGA President) and many others on COP29.

It was important to bring the message of an emphasis on adaptation – including agricultural adaptation – to the Baku Forum and have in depth discussions with our partners from CGIAR Executive Managing Director Ismahane Elouafi on the next steps of our collaboration.

I was particularly proud to have the opportunity to hand over our BKMC Agri-Champions demand paper to former Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo.

Let’s make every COP count!”

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CEO Monika Froehler at the XI Global Baku Forum