President Ilham Aliyev: Azerbaijan now one of UNESCO donors

Baku: Azerbaijan is an active member of UNESCO, Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev said at Leaders’ Forum of the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference, APA reported.

According to him, Azerbaijan has signed and ratified the majority of UNESCO conventions and other legal documents.

“In 2003, Azerbaijan and UNESCO signed a framework agreement on cooperation in the areas of culture, education, science, and communication. Azerbaijan has turned into one of the donors of UNESCO. This is our duties and commitments to underdeveloped countries. In the early yeas of independence, Azerbaijan faced problems like poverty, economic recession, and occupation. We used to be a country receiving international aid. Now time has come for us to pay it back and contribute to development. I’m confident that UNESCO’s activity areas of education, culture, and science are the areas that can make the world a safe place. We are proud that Azerbaijan’s Icheri Sheher (Old City), the Palace of the Shirvanshahs, the petroglyphs in Gobustan, and the Maiden Tower are UNESCO-protected areas.

The head of state added that Azerbaijan is a land of ancient culture, history, and traditions.

“However, [Azerbaijan] is too young as an independent country. There have been 23 years of cross from one political system to another, to the market economy,” he stressed.

SOURCE: AZERI-PRESS NEWS AGENCY

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