Developing nations urged to enhance transparency in climate finances

Mukhtar Babayev calls for improved financial accountability in climate actions as developing nations seek significant funding.

Fiona Harvey reports for The Guardian.


In short:

  • At the upcoming COP29, a new global goal for climate finance will be established, with transparency as a key focus.
  • Babayev emphasizes the creation of a "transparency mechanism" to foster trust and effective climate action among nations.
  • Current challenges include the discrepancy in reported emissions and actual emissions, and the misuse of funds designated for climate initiatives.

Key quote:

“It’s very important to build this correct, good and honest trust between the parties.”

— Mukhtar Babayev, ecology minister of Azerbaijan

Why this matters:

At previous COP meetings, discussions around climate finance often centered on the commitments of developed nations to support developing countries in their climate mitigation and adaptation efforts. However, transparency has frequently been a stumbling block, with concerns about the adequacy and reliability of reported financial flows. The focus on transparency at COP29 aims to build trust among countries and ensure that funds are used effectively and reach their intended targets.

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