UN's Zuev: Baku forum important for improving Sustainable Development Goals
Baku, Azerbaijan, Oct. 26
By Matanat Nasibova – Trend:
The Sustainable Development Goals envisage the formation of tolerant societies, UN Assistant Secretary General for Rule of Law and Security Institutions in the Department of Peacekeeping Operations Alexander Zuev said.
Zuev made the remarks at the Baku Forum on Sustainable Development, being held as part of the VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum on Oct. 26.
“The holding of such a forum is extremely important not only to improve the Sustainable Development Goals, but also to observe human rights,” he said.
"Our organization participates in 14 peacekeeping operations and various missions,” Zuev said. “Our experience shows that many conflicts arise because of human rights violations rather than because of religious factors, as is commonly believed.”
“In many cases, young people are radicalized after they fall under the influence of experienced ideologists,” he said. “Such elements contribute to the spread of terrorism in the region and the world."
Zuev stressed the global role of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum, stating that it once again demonstrates the successful dynamics of socio-economic development as an important part of Azerbaijan’s state policy.
“The Forum clearly testifies to stability and security, which is especially important in the current complex geopolitical and geo-economic situation in the world,” he added.
Held under the slogan “Shaping a New World and a New Humanity: Creativity and Human Development”, the VI Baku International Humanitarian Forum that kicked off Oct. 25 brings together 581 delegates from 86 countries and 24 international organizations.