Global Baku Forum great initiative to discuss major challenges facing world – UK PM (UPDATE)

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Baku, Azerbaijan, March 1

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The IV Global Baku Forum is a great initiative to bring together the international community, share expertise and build consensus on how best to respond to the major challenges facing the world today, UK Ambassador to Azerbaijan Irfan Siddiq said reading out a message sent by Prime Minister David Cameron March 10 addressed to the opening session of the IV Global Baku Forum.

"I'm pleased to send a message of support to all the participants of the IV Global Baku Forum of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center at this opening session," the message read. "This forum brings together a host of current and former world leaders and taps into a pool of remarkable wisdom and experience."

"Over the last 24 years the UK and Azerbaijan have established close friendly and mutually beneficial relations on a broad range of issues," Cameron said in the message. "In addition to a long standing energy ties and flourishing trade relationship we worked together closely on security issues. We hope to continue to deepen and strengthen our cooperation in all of these areas and all of these global challenges require global responses."

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.

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