10th an­niver­sary of Baku process cel­e­brated in Paris

Azer News - - Front Page - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The 10-year an­niver­sary of the ‘Baku process’ has been cel­e­brated in Paris, with the sup­port of the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, the Azer­bai­jani Em­bassy in France and the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to UNESCO.

The au­di­ence was in­formed about the ‘Baku process’, and it was noted that this plat­form was put for­ward by the ini­tia­tive of Azer­bai­jani Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev in 2008 to carry out more spe­cific ac­tiv­i­ties in the field of di­a­logue be­tween cul­tures and re­li­gions.

For more de­tailed in­for­ma­tion about the ‘Baku process’, the floor was given to Min­is­ter of Cul­ture of Azer­bai­jan Abul­faz Garaev. The min­is­ter ex­pressed grat­i­tude to the Hey­dar Aliyev Foun­da­tion, the Em­bassy of Azer­bai­jan in France and the Per­ma­nent Mis­sion to UNESCO for or­ga­niz­ing such an im­por­tant event.

Garayev noted that this year marks not only the 10th an­niver­sary of the ‘Baku process’, but also the 100th an­niver­sary of the Azer­bai­jan Demo­cratic Repub­lic. The min­is­ter said that rep­re­sen­ta­tives of dif­fer­ent re­li­gions have been peace­fully co­ex­ist­ing in Azer­bai­jan since an­cient times. He stressed that over the past ten years po­lit­i­cal, re­li­gious and cul­tural lead­ers of the coun­tries of the world have been gath­er­ing in Baku.

It was noted that in or­der to pro­mote in­ter­cul­tural di­a­logue in 2008 at the con­fer­ence of Min­is­ters of Cul­ture in Baku, Pres­i­dent Aliyev put for­ward the ‘Baku process’ ini­tia­tive. In 2010, at the 65th ses­sion of the UN, the call of the Pres­i­dent of Azer­bai­jan to hold the World Fo­rum on In­ter­cul­tural Di­a­logue turned the ‘Baku process’ from a re­gional ini­tia­tive to a global one.

The idea of hold­ing the World Fo­rum on In­ter­cul­tural Di­a­logue has been sup­ported by such in­flu­en­tial in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions as UNESCO, UN Al­liance of Civilizations, World Tourism Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Coun­cil of Europe, and ISESCO, and the first Fo­rum was held in Baku in April 2011.

A to­tal of 6,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of states and gov­ern­ments, heads of in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, min­is­ters of cul­ture and am­bas­sadors, par­lia­men­tar­i­ans, diplo­mats, rep­re­sen­ta­tives of NGOs and me­dia, jour­nal­ists and ex­perts took part in the Fo­rum, which has been held ev­ery two years since that year.

Garayev spoke about the in­ter­na­tional events held in Azer­bai­jan. He brought to at­ten­tion that the 7th Global Fo­rum of the UN Al­liance of Civilizations, held in Baku in 2016, was at­tended by 3,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives from 147 coun­tries.

In the res­o­lu­tion en­ti­tled as "Pro­mo­tion of in­ter­re­li­gious and in­ter­cul­tural di­a­logue, co­op­er­a­tion in the name of mu­tual un­der­stand­ing and peace", the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly highly ap­pre­ci­ated the ‘Baku process’ and called it an im­por­tant global plat­form to sup­port in­ter­cul­tural di­a­logue. Garayev added that this year the Azer­bai­jani govern­ment de­cided to com­bine with the "Baku process" an­other im­por­tant in­ter­na­tional event - the Baku In­ter­na­tional Humanitarian Fo­rum.

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