President Aliyev attends opening of II Global Shared Societies Forum (UPDATE)

By: Nigar Orujova

The second Global Shared Societies Forum kicked off in Azerbaijani capital Baku on April 28.

Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev attended the forum’s opening ceremony.

President Aliyev welcomed the event participants and expressed the hope that the days they would spend in Azerbaijan will remain in their memories for a long time.

“We have new guests, who visit Azerbaijan for the first time. I hope you will have good impressions about our country, our history, and culture,” he said.

President Aliyev in particular welcomed former heads of states and governments, adding that their participation in this event shows the importance of the forum.

“Also I would like to express my gratitude to the Club de Madrid, a good partner of our country. Our cooperation was established several years ago and it is very fruitful and very active.

“I am particularly happy that Nizami Ganjavi International Center, which is a relatively young institution, in a very short period of time, has already transformed into an influential international institution, which together with Club de Madrid organizes this important forum,” President Aliyev stressed.

The Head of State expressed his gratitude to the supporters of Nizami Ganjavi International Center.

“The center has a name of a great Azerbaijani poet, who is a symbol of wisdom and talent of Azerbaijani people,” he underscored.

President Aliyev also said the agenda of the forum is very broad, and it covers all the important aspects of life and future.

“Of course, today and tomorrow during the sessions there will be important statements about what has happened before and what should be done in the future to provide equal opportunities and decent living standards for everybody,” he added. “Shared society is a society where every member feels in comfort, lives in dignity, has a job, and is sure about the future of his/her children.”

The Azerbaijani president went on to add that Azerbaijan is a young and independent country, and although it is only 22 years of independence, it has experienced different times in this short historic period.

He went on to add that in the beginning, Azerbaijan suffered a lot of difficulties, political, economic problems, and now Azerbaijan has one of the fastest developing economies in the world. This transformation was just in front of our eyes.

“And we are glad that we were part of this process, and actively participated in transforming Azerbaijan into a modern state,” President Aliyev stressed.

The forum is being attended by over 150 prominent public and political figures from 54 countries, former heads of states and governments, who are the members of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, Club of Rome and Club of Madrid.

The forum’s agenda includes such issues as foundations of open societies, conflict settlement methods in difficult situations, multi-governance for ensuring sustainable development process and the need for institutional frameworks, as well as other important issues.

The forum is planned to hold broad discussions on such issues as practical work in the area of domestic economic growth policy, creation of conditions for high-quality education and other social services, strengthening the role of women in society, as well as the natural resources for sustainable development and the role of global boundaries, clean technologies and unity of “green energy”.

During the discussions on the conflict settlement in difficult situations, the rapporteurs will share their experience and knowledge in the conflict settlement and social integration area, and will also exchange views on the basic principles of integration and openness, which may be useful in addressing the existing problems.