"Azerbaijan has put forward important initiatives aimed at disseminating ideas of cultural diversity throughout the world," Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan, Elmar Mammadyarov told at the annual meeting of the Group of Friends of the UNAOC.
According to Azerbaijani Minister, Azerbaijan attaches primary importance to the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue at all levels and fully supports the activity of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations to that end.
"Located at the crossroads of the East and the West and thus maintaining the values of both civilizations,Azerbaijan is playing not only the role of a geographical bridge, but also acts as an intercultural bridge between civilizations. We consider our country’s cultural diversity as strength and advantage, which gives it an ample opportunity to contribute to the promotion of interreligious and intercultural dialogue and understanding, encourage ethnic and religious diversity and develop inter-communal links," added Mr Mammadyarov.
Elmar Mammadyarov also noted that over the period passed since joining the Groups of Friends of the Alliance of Civilizations, Azerbaijan has hosted a number of high-profile and action-oriented events, bringing together political, cultural and religious leaders from the region and other countries to promote intercultural and interfaith dialogue. We are planning to hold the Seventh Global Forum of UNAOC inBakuin April 2016 and count on practical outcomes of this event.
Moreover,Azerbaijanhas put forward important initiatives aimed at disseminating ideas of cultural diversity throughout the world. Since 2011, in partnership with the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, UNESCO, World Tourism Organization, the Council of Europe, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation and ISESCO, we organized three “World Forums on Intercultural Dialogue”, also known as the “Baku process”.