Author: Turab Gurbanov

The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games: Azerbaijan's new standards to the Games

2017-05-25 16:07:54

Few days ago, the 4th Islamic Solidarity Games ended. A total of 2,800 athletes from more than 50 Islamic countries, including apart from Azerbaijan, Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Benin, Brunei Darussalam, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Egypt, Gabon, Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Malaysia, Maldives, Mali, Mauritania, Morocco, Mozambique, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Suriname, Syria, Tajikistan, Togo, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan Uganda, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan and Yemen came together from 12 to 22 May 2017 to represent their nations over 10 days of competition across 20 different sports.

The 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue

2017-05-05 22:46:16

This week in Azerbaijan was held The 4th World Forum on Intercultural Dialogue under the auspices of President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev in cooperation with UNESCO, UN Alliance of Civilizations, UN World Tourism Organization, Council of Europe, ISESCO, North-South Center of the Council of Europe. Based on the main principles of the global agenda of Dialogue among Civilisations adopted by the United Nations General Assembly, the UNESCO Convention on Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, the Islamic Declaration on Cultural Diversity, Declaration and Action Plan of the Third Summit of the Heads of State and Government of the Council of Europe member states, the Council of Europe White Paper on Intercultural Dialogue, as well as the Baku Declaration for the Promotion of Intercultural Dialogue, the previous World Forums have reached remarkable achievements.

World Press Day: Measures taken to strengthen press freedom in Azerbaijan

2017-05-04 18:21:25

Today, Azerbaijan has about 5,000 media outlets affiliated with a wide range of political and public bodies or private organizations and individuals. There are some 40 daily and more than 200 weekly and monthly newspapers. Throughout Azerbaijan, 9 countrywide, 1 satellite, 14 regional and 14 cable TV channels operate freely. In addition, more than 50 information agencies are operational. A genuine freedom of Internet exists in Azerbaijan. The latest statistical data indicate that around 80% of the Azerbaijani population uses Internet.

World Humanitarian Summit: Azerbaijan's large experience to be shared

2016-05-23 17:45:31

The United Nations World Humanitarian Summit organized by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs and held in Istanbul, Turkey, on May 23 and 24, 2016 was an initiative of the Secretary-General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon. Indeed, Ban Ki-moon, in his Five-Year Action Agenda, released in January 2012, presented his idea to develop a humanitarian system that was more global, accountable, and robust. The main philosophy of this agenda was to organize a World Humanitarian Summit to help share knowledge and establish common best practices among the wide spectrum of bodies working in humanitarian activities.

Trans Adriatic Pipeline – Geostrategic Project Supported by Azerbaijan

2016-05-18 14:17:37

On May 17, in Thessaloniki, Greece, was held the groundbreaking ceremony for the Trans Adriatic Pipeline (TAP). This project composed by the shareholders as Socar (20%), BP (20%), Snam (20%), Fluxys (19%), Enagas (16%) and Axpo (5%), is the third part of the Southern Gas Corridor, envisaging Azerbaijani gas supplies to Europe, along with the South Caucasus Pipeline (SCP) and Trans-Anatolian Pipeline (TANAP). The 870-kilometer pipeline, with the initial capacity of 10 billion cubic meters of gas a year, expandable to 20 billion cubic meters, envisaging transportation of gas from the Stage 2 of development of Azerbaijan's Shah Deniz gas and condensate field to the EU countries in 2020, will be connected to the TANAP on the Turkish-Greek border, run through Greece, Albania and the Adriatic Sea, before coming ashore in Italy's south.

Armenia's nuclear threat to the international security

2016-05-16 15:28:00

Few days ago, former prime minister of Armenia Hrant Bagratyan declared officially that Armenia owns nuclear weapon. This declaration cannot be interpreted as any ordinary innocent statement but a component of state policy that threats international security. But unfortunately the world community stayed only observer to this statement and asked no explanation from Armenia, except Azerbaijan. Spokesman of MFA of Azerbaijan in his interview to the press declared that his country will ask to the International Atomic Energy Agency to conduct necessary investigation on Armenian nuclear weapon issue.

7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations – Best way to know each-other

2016-04-28 20:59:04

25-27 April Azerbaijan hosted 7th Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC). This international event has a significant role to play for Azerbaijan. First of all The UNAOC started in 2005 by the initiative of former United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan, and financially supported by the governments of Spain and Turkey. The previous Global Forums of the UNAOC were held in: Madrid (2008), Istanbul (2009), Rio de Janeiro (2010), Doha (2011), Vienna (2013) and Bali (2014). The UNAOC aims to reach a more peaceful and socially inclusive world, by building mutual respect among people of different cultural and religious identities, and highlighting the will of the world's majority to reject extremism and embrace diversity.

Les aventures politiques de la maire de Bourg-lès-Valence

2016-04-25 18:48:40

Une information publiée dans la presse française a attiré mon attention. Selon ces informations, Bourg-lès-Valence, une commune de 20.000 habitants dans la Drôme avait reçu une sommation de la part de l'Azerbaïdjan pour rompre des relations qu'elle avait établies avec la ville de Choucha se trouvant au Haut-Karabakh, reconnu internationalement comme territoire de l'Azerbaïdjan, mais occupé illégalement par l'Arménie.

18 April – International Day for Monuments and Sites: But not to protect of Azerbaijani monuments?

2016-04-18 16:52:25

Every year on 18 April, world community celebrates the "International Day for Monuments and Sites", whose establishment was approved by the 22nd UNESCO General Conference in 1983. The aim of celebration of this day is to encourage local communities and individuals throughout the world to consider the importance of cultural heritage to their lives, identities and communities, and to promote awareness of its diversity and vulnerability and the efforts required to protect and conserve it. As UNESCO Member State since July 3, 1992, Azerbaijan controbutes actively to the protecion of Monuments and Cites which have worldwide importance. Indeed, It has been already 23 years since the Republic of Azerbaijan started its active cooperation with this Organization. Azerbaijan signed and ratified almost all of the Conventions and other legal instruments of UNESCO.

13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference-in search of justice and peace

2016-04-14 14:16:35

On April 10-15, 2016 in Istanbul will be held the 13th Session of the Islamic Summit Conference. under the theme of "Unity and Solidarity for Justice and Peace". Indeed, this is a critical time when the Islamic world needs to be in unity and solidarity to confront the challenges, risks and threats it has been facing and to look for viable solutions to the issues and problems that have been jeopardizing the justice and peace that the people of the Islamic world rightfully deserve. With this Summit meeting, the Chairmanship of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be transferred for the next two years from Egypt to Turkey who plays the increasing role in international affairs is in the course of recent years. As one of the G20 countries, Turkey contributes today to peace, security and stability at global and regional levels.

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