9th meeting of UNESCO National Commissions of TURKSOY member states gets underway
The 9th meeting of the National Commissions for UNESCO of the TURKSOY Member States co-organized by Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO under the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan, the International Organization of Turkic Culture (TURKSOY), ADA University and the Institute for Development and Diplomacy (IDD) of the University, has kicked off in Baku.
The participants first watched a video address by Azerbaijan’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chairman of Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO Jeyhun Bayramov.
The ceremony also featured opening remarks by Azerbaijan’s Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources Mukhtar Babayev, Acting Minister of Culture of Adil Karimli, Deputy Secretary General of TURKSOY Bilal Çakıcı and President of the Turkish National Commission for UNESCO Ocal Oguz.
The chairmanship of the National Commissions for UNESCO of TURKSOY member states has been transferred from Turkish National Commission for UNESCO to Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO.
The opening ceremony, moderated by Dr. Fariz Ismailzade, ADA University Vice Rector for Government, External and Student Affairs, Director of Institute for Development and Diplomacy also featured a video message by Firmin Eduard Matoko, Assistant Director-General for Priority Africa Foreign Relations of UNESCO.
Other speakers at the ceremony included Hasan Hasanov, the first chairman of Azerbaijan’s National Commission for UNESCO, Ahliman Amiraslanov, Chairman of Milli Majlis Committee for Health and Chairman of the Council of Elders as well as Shahin Seyidzade, Chairman of the Board, Administration of State Historical-Architectural Reserve Icherisheher. In their remarks, the speakers hailed the successful cooperation between Azerbaijan and UNESCO over the past 30 years.
The opening ceremony continued with panel discussions and seminars.
The closing ceremony of the meeting, to be held in Shusha, the cultural capital of the Turkic world in 2023, will feature the adoption of the final declaration.