Azerbaijani deputy PM: Conflicts, refugee problems must be resolved to achieve SDGs
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 25
By Elchin Mehdiyev - Trend:
The current grandiose development of Azerbaijan was achieved in just 13-15 years, Azerbaijan's Deputy Prime Minister and Chairman of the National Coordinating Council for Sustainable Development Ali Ahmadov said.
He was speaking at the Baku Forum on Sustainable Development held as part of the 6th Baku International Humanitarian Forum Oct. 25.
The deputy prime minister noted that over the years, Azerbaijan has been able to reduce the level of poverty in the country from 50 to 5 percent, and two million jobs have opened in the country.
“The changes that occurred in Azerbaijan are reflected not only in statistics, the whole look of Azerbaijan has changed,” said Ahmadov. “Baku has become a modern city, and all districts of the country have been modernized.”
He stressed that the success achieved in Azerbaijan over 13-15 years gives rise to hope that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) will be achieved in 2030.
Ahmadov said the most important condition is that the world leaders demonstrate their political will.
He added that the problems of refugees and IDPs must be eliminated in the world and conflicts must be resolved so that the SDGs can be achieved.
“Twenty percent of Azerbaijan’s territories remain under occupation, Azerbaijan cannot use them,” he said. “The international community must mobilize efforts so that the problems of refugees and IDPs, injustice, ethnic cleansing are eliminated, and so that the world can be changed by 2030.”
The 6th International Humanitarian Forum kicked off in Baku Oct. 25.
More than 580 representatives from 86 countries and 24 international organizations are taking part in the forum dedicated to the topic “Shaping a New World and a New Humanity: Creativity and Human Development.”