Azerbaijan plays important role in intercultural dialogue - UNESCO official (UPDATE)
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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 10
Intercultural dialogue has never been so vital, than in this time of turbulence, a message by UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova read March 10 at the opening session of the IV Global Baku Forum titled "Towards a Multipolar World".
"I would like to thank President Aliyev for his long commitment to promoting cultural dialogue," the message read. "We see this involved in the Baku process launched in 2011."
"Opportunities are vast for exchange but a need for dialogue has never been so high," read the message. "Today, as never, we must strengthen the values that humanity holds in common, and recognize the destiny we all share."
The IV Global Baku Forum titled "Towards a Multipolar World" started its work March 10.
President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, First Lady Mehriban Aliyeva and Vice-President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation Leyla Aliyeva are taking part in the forum.
Such topics as international security, regional threats, serious consequences of global economic challenges, climate change and energy policy: role of oil-producing countries, multiculturalism, interreligious dialogue and mutual integration will be discussed during the two-day event.
The conflicts on ethnic, religious and political grounds, global challenges in the democratic development, education, and environment will also be the topics of the upcoming forum.
Heads of states and governments will participate and deliver speeches in the opening of session 'Global Challenges of Modern World'.
Heads of states and governments, prominent public and political figures, authoritative experts will hold discussions and exchange views on various topics.
Seven incumbent presidents, 27 former presidents, one vice-president, 23 former prime ministers, a lot of incumbent and former officials, heads of authoritative international organizations, famous politicians and experts will take part in the forum.