Statement by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO

Baku, June 4, AZERTAC

The Azerbaijani Foreign Ministry issued a statement on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan joining the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The statement reads: “June 3, 2022 marks the 30th anniversary of the Republic of Azerbaijan joining UNESCO. Over the past 30 years, cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNESCO has developed steadily and today our country has become a reliable partner in ensuring peace and security in the world on all international platforms, as well as at UNESCO.

By the competent Order of the national leader Heydar Aliyev, the National Commission of the Republic of Azerbaijan for UNESCO was established in 1994 and in the following years the cooperation between UNESCO and Azerbaijan further developed . Adhering to the objectives and principles of UNESCO, Azerbaijan continues to operate in all priority areas of the organization and today is one of the most active members of UNESCO.

In the development of our country’s cooperation with the organization, the promotion of the ideas and goals of the organization at the international level and in the country, the invaluable merits of the First Vice-President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva deserves special mention. With the attention and support of the First Vice-President, Azerbaijan has made great contributions to the promotion of UNESCO values ​​in education, protection of cultural heritage, restoration and protection of historical monuments in Azerbaijan and the world, intercultural dialogue and other areas. During these years, 3 samples of tangible heritage and 15 of intangible heritage of Azerbaijan have been included in the relevant lists of UNESCO.

A logical continuation of the proactive policy pursued, our country was elected a member of the Executive Board of UNESCO for 2021-2025 in November 2021 after obtaining the support of the vast majority of members during the elections held during the 41st session of the General Assembly of UNESCO. Conference.

Three cities in Azerbaijan – Baku, Ganja and Gabala – are included in the UNESCO Global Learning Cities Network, and the cities of Baku, Sheki and Lankaran have been included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

Azerbaijan, which is on the path of sustainable and dynamic economic development, supports the noble mission of UNESCO in various parts of the world, closely cooperates with the organization in the implementation of UNESCO values, as well as collaborating with the organization for the promotion of intercultural dialogue and peace and the implementation of a number of joint projects. Our country supports the programs and projects of the Organization through the Trust Fund, established in accordance with the Framework Agreement signed with UNESCO in 2013.

It should be noted that Azerbaijan was one of the first countries to join and make a financial contribution to the Global Education Coalition launched by UNESCO to eliminate the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Azerbaijan actively cooperates with UNESCO within the framework of the 1954 Hague Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict. Azerbaijan, which was a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict in 2015-2019, has been a member of the Committee again since 2021.

For 30 years, UNESCO has been regularly informed about Armenia’s military aggression against Azerbaijan and its war crimes such as willful destruction, misappropriation and tampering, as well as insult to historical heritage , cultural and religious of these lands, the illicit removal of our cultural heritage from our country during the occupation of our territories. After the liberation of the territories of our country, the restoration and protection of monuments regardless of their origin in these regions, as in the whole country, are among the priorities of the Azerbaijani government.

Azerbaijan is a multicultural country, all monuments on its territory are protected at the state level, and representatives of all religions and cultures are respected.

The Azerbaijani side has always been committed to cooperating with UNESCO, to respecting its obligations under the conventions to which it is a party, and in particular to fulfilling its obligations for the protection of cultural heritage. For many years, with its experience and participation, our country has made a significant contribution to the activities of the Organization in the restoration and protection of cultural heritage in Azerbaijan and in the world. Adhering to the values ​​of UNESCO, Azerbaijan will continue to develop partnership with UNESCO”.

AZERTAG.AZ :Statement by the Azerbaijani Ministry of Foreign Affairs on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Azerbaijan’s membership in UNESCO

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