Azerbaijan attaches primary importance to the promotion of intercultural and interreligious dialogue at all levels, said Foreign Minister Elmar Mammadyarov.
Multiculturalism and tolerance is a longstanding tradition that strengthens and consolidates Azerbaijani society, Mammadyarov said addressing at the UN Alliance of Civilizations (UNAOC) Group of Friends Ministerial Meeting, held in New York on Sept. 22, the Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry told APA.
“For ages, people of different nationalities and religions have been living in peace and dignity in Azerbaijan,” the minister said. “The year of 2016 has been declared a “Year of Multiculturalism in Azerbaijan” by Azerbaijan’s president. Consequently, a special Plan of Actions has been developed that implies measures to safeguard and disseminate the humanistic ideals of multiculturalism both at national and international levels.”
He reminded that on 25-27 April 2016, Azerbaijan hosted the 7th Global Forum of the UN Alliance of Civilizations entitled “Living together in inclusive societies”.
“A major outcome of the Forum was the Baku Declaration. It strongly condemned any advocacy of religious hatred that constitutes incitement to discrimination, hostility or violence and urged all member states to unite against violent extremism in all its forms and manifestations,” the top diplomat said.
According to him, the Baku Declaration should serve as guidelines for states and international organizations in promotion of intercultural dialogue and multiculturalism as a way to counter violence, extremism and xenophobia.
“Recognizing the special role of youth in the establishment and development of inclusive societies, the UN Alliance of Civilizations Youth Event was also held on the sidelines of the Forum with the participation of more than 150 youngsters,” he added.