Leyla Aliyeva is not only the first daughter of the President of Azerbaijan, but also an activist for many causes, including the environment. A lot of people don’t even know what environmental education is but for her, it has always been a priority. Environmental education is being aware of environmental issues and knowing how to contribute to their improvement. It’s something we should all make a conscious effort to do. Ultimately, without environmental education, there is no way to make responsible decisions about the future.
Leyla Aliyeva has been an activist for many years and has worked to chart the course for a greener and healthier future, for us and for younger generations. She truly believes in the importance of educating people about the vulnerabilities of the earth. By helping everyone see the direct link between environmental degradation and human activity.
Leyla Aliyeva’s IDEA campaign
Leyla Aliyeva knows that this topic is mostly described as boring and complex. This is why, in 2011, she founded the IDEA campaign (International Dialogue for Environmental Action Campaign). One of the main goals was to make the subject of environment and stability more engaging and entertaining, especially for young people and future generations.
In a interview at Equinox.com Aliyeva touched on some of the challenges she has faced over the years of her environmental journey, but she mostly talked about how those challenges created growth and ultimately led to success and a extreme appreciation. ” Since the first day, [the] The IDEA campaign has prioritized education as the best way to win the hearts and minds of people to commit to protecting the environment and behaving responsibly towards it. These people, especially young people, will spread the message and motivate others who, in turn, will take it further.”
This is exactly why the campaign devotes so much attention and effort to education and awareness. Aliyeva also mentioned that every year they expand the agenda with new study activities covering the three pillars of the young generation: children as young as 5 years old, students and young professionals. Every year, hundreds of people benefit from and enjoy IDEA’s educational projects, which include training sessions, science courses, seminars, conferences, summer camps, field studies and conversation clubs.
FAO Goodwill Ambassador
2015 was a great year for Leyla Aliyeva. After years of helping and supporting activities in the humanitarian and environmental fields, she was awarded the title of FAO Goodwill Ambassador. She received this title for her many contributions, such as fighting hunger, achieving food security, increasing the efficiency of agriculture, forestry and fisheries, and creating healthy food systems.
The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), founded in 1945, had as its main objectives to raise levels of nutrition, improve agricultural productivity, improve the lives of rural people and contribute to the growth of the world economy. Today, FAO is the largest specialized agency and lead agency for agriculture, forestry, fisheries and rural development in the United Nations system.
FAO and Azerbaijan
Azerbaijan joined FAO as a member in October 1995. Today, FAO implements global, national and regional projects in Azerbaijan that consider the development of agriculture, strengthen food security, manage resources, increase potential, control plant and animal diseases, etc. Moreover, these projects are based on technical cooperation programs that meet the most important needs of the Azerbaijani government.
In 2015, the Director General of the FAO, José Graziano da Silva visited Azerbaijanand during this visit, two agreements were signed: “Agreement between the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) on the establishment of the Coordination and cooperation and the provision of technical assistance” and the “Agreement on the FAO-Azerbaijan Partnership Program”. Agree to cooperate with each other for a common business. The partnership program embodies the already active contribution of the Government of the Republic of Azerbaijan to technical assistance projects on the development of local and foreign agriculture.
It was during this visit that Leyla Aliyeva received the title of FAO Goodwill Ambassador. The founder and head of the IDEA campaign expressed her gratitude and appreciation for all the projects implemented in Azerbaijan regarding agriculture, forestry and fish farming. Also, she calls on everyone to participate and work together to make the world a better place because according to Aliyeva “Our life changes every second”.
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