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Foreign Ministry: Azerbaijan attaches great importance to its regular political dialogue with NATO
Baku, May 4, AZERTAC The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan has issued a statement on the 25th anniversary of the country`s joining to the Partnership for Peace Program of NATO on May 4, 1994. The statement reads: “Twenty-five years ago today, the Republic of Azerbaijan joined the Partnership for Peace (PfP) program of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization. On May 4, 1994, late President Heydar Aliyev visited NATO Headquarters and signed the Partnership for Peace Framework Document. Azerbaijan has ever since developed a strong and mutually beneficial partnership with the Alliance. Cooperation with NATO is one of the important directions of Azerbaijan’s foreign and security policy. Azerbaijan views its partnership with NATO as a means for contributing to security, stability and prosperity in the whole Euro-Atlantic area. The PfP program can definitely be as one of the most successful programs of the Alliance and Azerbaijan commends its positive role in enhancing the Euro-Atlantic security. 25 years of cooperation with NATO have been driven by common values and principles of the PfP Framework Document and the UN Charter, most notably by the commitment to respect political independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity of states. Azerbaijan welcomes the continuous support expressed by the NATO Allies for the territorial integrity, independence and sovereignty of the Republic of Azerbaijan and the resolution of the conflict based on these principles, as reiterated in its summit declarations since the beginning of our partnership. Azerbaijan attaches great importance to its regular political dialogue with NATO on a wide range of issues of common interest and highly values its practical cooperation with the Alliance on various fields, most notably on peace operations and defense reforms. Azerbaijan and NATO has strong partnership in the field of peace operations. Azerbaijan is an early contributor to NATO-led peace operations, which are mandated by the UN Security Council. Currently, Azerbaijan contributes by troops to the NATO mission in Afghanistan and enables use of its air and ground lines of communications in support of the mission. Azerbaijan also provides important financial support to the training of Afghan security forces. Azerbaijan is determined to continue to work with NATO by building on the success it achieved within the PfP, in line with its principles and purposes, with the aim to foster peace and security within the Euro-Atlantic area and beyond.”
 
5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue wraps up in Baku
Baku, May 3, AZERTAC The 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the motto "Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict” has ended in Baku. Addressing the closing ceremony, Executive Director of the Centre for Trust, Peace and Social Relations at Coventry University, UK, Professor Michael Hardy thanked the Government of Azerbaijan for the excellent organization of the Forum. He highlighted the importance of the event. Michael Hardy said that three main plenary sessions on the themes of “Managing diversity: multi-level and multi-sectoral collaboration”, “Youth4Peace: Building a CounterNarrative to Violent Extremism” and “Migration, displacement and human security” were held on the sidelines of the Forum. Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev thanked all participants and partners. He noted that important topics were discussed during the 2-day Forum. Then High Representative of the UN Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos, Assistant Director-General for Social and Human Sciences at UNESCO Nada Al-Nashif, ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri and UNWTO Executive Director Manuel Butler Halter commended the Government of Azerbaijan and President Ilham Aliyev for the excellent organization of the event.
 
Vice-President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attends plenary session of 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue
The 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue has featured the second plenary session on “Youth for peace: Building a counter-narrative to violent extremism”. Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva attended the session. Leyla Aliyeva addressed the session which was moderated by High Representative of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations Miguel Ángel Moratinos. Speech of Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva Dear friends, colleagues, Ladies and gentlemen, First of all, I would like to welcome you in beautiful Baku at the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue, a platform to support the diversity and peaceful co-existence. It is wonderful to see so many people from all around the globe organized by the reason to make this world a better place. Rich diversity, cultural differences and understanding that will all connected by the bond of humanity that is what brings us all together here today. I am especially pleased to take part in the discussion on youth role in promoting peace and embracing diversity. Young people have an amazing ability to build multiple networks and transcend all borders and frontlines. By striving for work peace and harmony young people are often regarded as hopeless romantics. I think it is a cynical attitude. I truly believe the openness of youth for dialogue is exactly what will lead to peace and prosperity. Dear friends, Education does not just mean gaining knowledge and skills for professional development. Moral and spiritual education is equally important. In this regard, family and schools are two core institutions. The family plays an important role in preparing children for a peaceful world by nurturing such values as compromise, cooperation and respect for all humans. Lack of these values create a vacuum that can be filled by feelings of hate, emptiness and intolerance. At the same time, empowering young people with proper education and training is essential in order to fulfill their full potential. Young people have the ability to learn quickly and observe as well as process tones of information. They are also more aware of protecting our environment and magical benefit nature gives of all us. Yet, too much pressure shouldn’t be put on young people. As it showed the world’s mightiest people are not always happy. Some are stressed, diseased. This means we must support the youth to create a better world than the one we have created for them. So they can enjoy the beautiful planet and live in harmony. And with the development of high technologies the speed of our thoughts increased drastically and our thoughts are one of the most powerful energies. It is faster than the speed of light. The world needs to invest in this potential and make sure the young generation has all the right opportunities for development. There are more young people in the world today than ever before. Their ideas and innovations could transform the future of the whole planet. But there are 617 million youth worldwide still lack math and literature skills. And this means we are missing their precious potential. Youth are the embodiment of progress. Each new generation is more advanced than the previous one. It is also more humane, tolerant, compassionate and open-minded. This is just a natural cause of history. So let’s help young people direct their energy at solving global problems. Let’s help them help all of us. Time is the most important resource in life. So let’s not waste it. Words must always be followed by actions. And we should not forget our intuition which is a sacred gift given to every human being. Everyone can make a difference in building a peaceful and sustainable community of nations by changing themselves and improving the way they see the universe. Dear friends, Like Jesus said we should learn from children. They speak and make the truth, are straight forward and eager to do good deeds. They are the living reminder of essential things that grown-ups turn to forget all the time. The material world does not mean success. And what is important in life is love, health, happiness, unity, understanding and unconditional support of each other. And that is all what I would like to wish all of us. Thank you.
 
World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue features High Level Ministerial Panel
Baku, May 2, AZERTAC High Level Ministerial Panel “Mobilizing intercultural dialogue for concrete transformative action” has been held on the sidelines of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue in Baku. The panel heard speeches on ongoing conflicts, elimination of violence, establishment of cooperation, development of tourism and other important issues. The event was chaired by Azerbaijan`s Minister of Culture Abulfas Garayev. He stressed the historic importance of the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue. Garayev noted that the Forum brings together high-ranking officials from more than 100 countries and 30 international organizations.
 
ISESCO Director General hails First Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva`s activity in humanitarian sphere
Baku, May 2, AZERTAC “First Vice President of Azerbaijan Mehriban Aliyeva is a model for the ladies of not only the Islamic world but for other countries to imitate, and to learn her experience, goodness, big heart and care for the needy and poor people,” said ISESCO Director General Abdulaziz Othman Altwaijri, who attended the 5th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the motto "Building dialogue into action against discrimination, inequality and violent conflict” in his interview with AZERTAC. “She is a Goodwill Ambassador of UNESCO and ISESCO, and she is very keen on participating in all the good venues and activities that serve the humanity. She decides her responsibilities as the Vice-President of the Republic and as the President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation. She is also involved in many other activities not only locally but outside the country regionally and internationally. And at ISESCO we are very proud that she accepted to be our Goodwill Ambassador,” Altwaijri said. “The Fifth Forum on the Intercultural Dialogue is a step in the Baku process that leads to new understanding and cooperation between cultures and followers of the religions all over the world. And it is also a sign of the success of the forum which started in 2011. The fact behind this success is the commitment of the Republic of Azerbaijan and its leadership to dialogue, peace, understanding, and creating an atmosphere of friendship between the followers of cultures and religions that reveals the beauty of this diversity and eradicate the factors of decadence, misunderstanding, and stereotypes. So I am very optimistic that the Baku Process represented in this forum will continue to give the world the needed culture that strengthens cooperation and understanding among the peoples of the world. And ISESCO is very proud to be one of the organizers of this forum since its inception,” ISESCO Director General added.
 
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