Baku In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Fo­rum

The Diplomatic Insight - - Baku International Humanitarian Forum -

*Dr.So­hail Mah­mood he fo­rum is an an­nual event of fa­mous rep­re­sen­ta­tives com­mu­nity in­clud­ing fa­mous states­men, No­bel Prize’s in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions whose aim was hold­ing di­a­logues, dis­cus­sions and ex­change of views on wide range of global is­sues in the in­ter­est of all hu­man­ity. The goal of the Fo­rum was to build a di­a­logue through round ta­bles. Ev­ery sin­gle per­son can lis­ten and can be heard in the arena for ac­tual topics of con­cern. The task of the Fo­rum was for­ma­tion of ground for con­struc­tive de­bates and dis­cus­sions; ex­change of ideas, the­o­ret­i­cal and prac­ti­cal knowl­edge. The Fo­rum was held once a year in Baku, the cap­i­tal city of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan;

The Third Baku In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Fo­rum 2013

The Fo­rum was held from Oc­to­ber 31 – November 1, 2013 in Baku. The fo­rum in­cluded 7 for­mer Pres­i­dents, 13 No­bel Prize lau­re­ates, 7 Emer­i­tus Pro­fes­sors, 107 world-fa­mous pub­lic 70 coun­tries and 5 in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, took part in the Fo­rum.

Ex­cerpts from the Speech by Pres­i­dent Il­ham Aliyev at the open­ing of the Baku In­ter­na­tional Hu­man­i­tar­ian Fo­rum

I be­lieve that so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­pects of eco­nomic devel­op­ment should be a mat­ter of par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est for the devel­op­ment of any coun­try. I think that it is nec­es­sary not only to con­duct dis­cus­sions on this is­sue, but also to pro­vide rec­om­men­da­tions. Some­times the funds al­lo­cated for the so­lu­tion of so­cial is­sues give rise to eco­nomic prob­lems in these coun­tries. We see this through the man­i­fes­ta­tions of the cases, the un­re­al­is­tic and pop­ulist cam­paign prom­ises of some politi­cians lead to eco­nomic prob­lems. At the pre­vi­ous fo­rum I ex­pressed my views on this mat­ter and spoke about the re­spon­si­bil­ity of politi­cians. I be­lieve that this is­sue will re­main in the spot­light be­cause pop­ulist prom­ises and their sub­se­quent im­ple­men­ta­tion of­ten lead to un­nec­es­sary bor­row­ings. The na­tional debt of some coun­tries ac­counts for 100 per cent of their gross do­mes­tic prod­uct, per­haps even more. Coun­tries that con­stantly bor­row must re­pay their debt. In this case, they and wages. There­fore, so­cial and hu­man­i­tar­ian as­pects of eco­nomic devel­op­ment and the eco­nomic down­turn have to be sub­jected to in-depth anal­y­sis. Our ex­pe­ri­ence lies in the fact that in con­duct­ing eco­nomic re­forms we rely only on our own re­sources. There­fore, our ex­ter­nal debt amounts to only 7-8 per cent of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. We can re­pay this debt at any time be­cause Azer­bai­jan’s cur­rency re­serves make up 70 per cent of the gross do­mes­tic prod­uct. We are among world lead­ers by this in­di­ca­tor too. I think that the use of do­mes­tic re­sources is the right pol­icy…The Fo­rum will also dis­cuss top­i­cal is­sues of the me­dia in the pe­riod of glob­al­iza­tion. This also a very in­ter­est­ing topic. I am aware that there are dif­fer­ing views on this topic. On the one hand, we live in an In­ter­net world and this is our big­gest ad­van­tages. I should note that the In­ter­net in Azer­bai­jan is com­pletely free, 70 per cent of our pop­u­la­tion are In­ter­net users. Un­der such cir­cum­stances, the devel­op­ment of the free me­dia, of course, is the ba­sic con­di­tion. On the other hand, the im­pact of ev­ery word and piece of in­for­ma­tion in a glob­al­iz­ing world is also great. A word said in any place can have huge reper­cus­sions….The devel­op­ment of science and ed­u­ca­tion is our fu­ture and the fu­ture of any na­tion. I have re­peat­edly pointed out that the fu­ture of our coun­try will be as­so­ci­ated with science and ed­u­ca­tion. We are happy that there is a very high lit­er­acy rate in Azer­bai­jan – al­most 100 per cent. This gives us the op­por­tu­nity to im­prove the qual­ity of ed­u­ca­tion and de­velop science even faster. This is the fu­ture of any coun­try. At the same time, com­pe­tent and well-ed­u­cated young peo­ple are far from rad­i­cal­ism. It is not easy to mis­lead them. There­fore, the devel­op­ment of science and ed­u­ca­tion, the ed­u­ca­tion of com­pe­tent young peo­ple will pro­vide for a long-term sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of our coun­try. Of course, our guests to­day rep­re­sent many de­vel­oped coun­tries. They know best of all that the progress of de­vel­oped coun­tries was se­cured not by nat­u­ral re­sources, but by science, must be the case here too. Our nat­u­ral re­sources have only given an im­pe­tus to the devel­op­ment of our coun­try. The fu­ture sus­tain­able devel­op­ment of Azer­bai­jan must be based on and demo­cratic society. Our coun­try has taken ma­jor steps in aimed at pro­mot­ing democ­racy, hu­man rights and a free society. Po­lit­i­cal and eco­nomic re­forms go in par­al­lel in Azer­bai­jan. The Fo­rum fea­tured round­table meet­ings on the fol­low­ing topics:

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