A Civilized Approach
The mounting terrorist threats in the world testify to the fact that the use of mostly forceful methods of counteraction with them does not justify itself. This statement was made by the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Uzbekistan Abdulaziz Kamilov at a meeting of foreign ministers of the Group of Friends of the UN Alliance of Civilizations in New York.
In 2005, the then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan launched an initiative to create an Alliance of Civilizations, involving a broad consensus of states, cultures and religions. The aim of the Alliance of Civilizations was to strengthen mutual understanding and cooperation relations among countries and peoples of different cultures and religions and in the process of this - to help combat the forces that aggravate the polarization of society and incite extremist sentiments.
This time around the meeting had a motto as its theme “Youth participation in the creation of the best societies and maintenance of peace”.
The struggle for the minds of young people is one of the most important tasks today. In this context, the initiative voiced by the President of Uzbekistan on the development of the UN International Convention on the Rights of Youth, a unified international legal instrument aimed at the formation and implementation of youth policy in the context of globalization, acquires particular urgency.
The participants of the meeting noted the importance attached by the Uzbek side to bringing to the world community the truly humanistic essence of Islam. In order to preserve and study its richest heritage, a serious step was taken to establish Imam Bukhari International Research Center in Samarkand, which will also contribute to the activities of the Center for Islamic Civilization being established in Tashkent. And the initiative of the head of Uzbekistan on the adoption of a special resolution of the General Assembly “Education and Religious Tolerance” will make this process of great moral and political importance.