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Facing backlash, Azerbaijan adds women to COP29 summit committee

The spotlight on gender parity follows Mexico's push last year for a crackdown on harassment at U.N. climate talks.

An oil rig off the Caspian sea coast near Baku, Azerbaijan.
An oil rig off the Caspian Sea coast near Baku, Azerbaijan. (AN/Adil Sattarov/Unsplash)

Azerbaijan's organizing committee for the U.N. climate summit in 2024 is expanding by almost 50% in size with the addition of 12 women.

Capitulating to critics, the oil-rich country's President Ilham Aliyev on Friday ordered changes to the makeup of the formerly all-male committee. Aliyev appointed another man and 12 women to the committee – bringing it to 41 members; 29% are female.

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