"Azerbaijan is fully committed to 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,"said Jeyhun Bayramov, Azerbaijani Foreign Minister, during his speech at the general discussions of the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, APA reports.
We launched the new development strategy up to 2030, which goes hand in hand with the 2030 Agenda.
Over the last year Azerbaijan has progressed further in terms of SDG achievement and was ranked in top 50 countries in the UN 2022 Sustainable Development Report. Azerbaijan is among 12 countries, which submitted three Voluntary National Reviews in the High-Level Political Forum, held under the auspices of ECOSOC.
We pursue transformational changes in remodeling our economy to make transition to green and circular economy. The clean environment and green growth have been identified as one of the five priority areas of our new national development strategy. This transition stands high on our development agenda despite the fact that the oil and gas sector plays a significant role in our economy. It is against this backdrop that the non-oil sector of Azerbaijan rose by 11 percent in the first half of 2022, triggering the increase in our GDP by 7.2 percent.
Currently, Azerbaijan is one of the few countries worldwide gradually mainstreaming the sustainable energy in its development agenda, while being a reliable hydrocarbons exporter to the international markets. We will increase our profile in this regard, including through introducing new elements of alternative and renewable energy as well. A recently concluded EU-Azerbaijan MoU on a strategic partnership in the field of energy is a good example of Azerbaijan’s constructive input into global energy security.
Sustainability has also been mainstreamed in post-conflict reconstruction and rehabilitation activities in the liberated territories, as well. New cities and villages are now being built from the scratch by applying modern urban planning methods, the concepts of "smart city" and "smart village". After the war 3 billion USD have already allocated from the state budget for these purposes, and Azerbaijan is keen to invest even more in the future. The liberated area was designated a “green energy zone”.
Positioned at the crossroads of North-South and East-West transport corridors, Azerbaijan is a rising transit country. Corridors and routes passing through Azerbaijan offer competitive advantages for the transport operators and businesses in terms of high-end infrastructure and fast, secure transit traffic.