Baku, Azerbaijan, May 23
Azerbaijan became the leader of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea (BSCSIF).
Chingiz Abdullayev became the new president of the Fund. The change of the leadership of the structure took place on May 23 in Baku during the 14th session of the General Assembly and the Board of Directors of the International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and Caspian Sea (BSCSIF).
Leadership in the Fund has been transferred to Azerbaijan by rotation from Turkey.
The International Fund for Cooperation and Partnership of the Black Sea and the Caspian Sea is an international non-governmental non-profit organization, established on March 4, 2009 by the initiative of President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev and Romanian President Traian Basescu.
Distinguished intellectuals, scientific and public figures, diplomats, representatives of influential non-governmental organizations from Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Republic of Moldova, Romania, Turkey and Ukraine are members of the Board of Directors of this organization.
Later, in 2011-2014, representatives from 19 more countries joined BSCSIF, adding to a total of 27 countries: Russian Federation, Bulgaria, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Croatia, Iran, Albania, Swiss Confederation, Republic of South Africa, Sao Tome and Principe, China, Sri Lanka, Ghana, Estonia, Czech Republic and Slovenia.
BSCSIF represents a civil society initiative for launching common actions and strengthening peace, dialogue, harmony and cooperation between the countries of the wider Black Sea - Caspian Sea region in the field of enhancing democratic process, consolidation of civil society, economic development, environment, science, education, innovative technology, cultural diversity, tolerance and dialogue among civilizations.
BSCSIF in Special Consultative Status with the Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), since 1st of August, 2013.