HIGH LEVEL PREPATORY MEETING

NIZAMI GANJAVI INTERNATIONAL CENTER AND CLUB DE MADRID ON “SHARED SOCIETIES FORUM”

Baku, Azerbaijan 4-6 September 2013

The First South Caucasus Forum, held from 5th to the 8th of May in Ganja and Baku, Azerbaijan, concluded with a Memorandum of Understanding between the Club de Madrid and the Nizami Ganjavi International Center to join forces and work together to strengthen Club de Madrid’s mission of “democracy that delivers”.

 

This significant outcome will focus on the development and implementation of a two year/three country project “Promoting Women’s Empowerment in the South Caucasus region: Azerbaijan, Georgia and Turkey”. This collaborative agreement will strive to address and tackle the multitude of challenges that hinder the full realization of women´s capacities in this part of the world, all of this within the framework of the Club de Madrid’s broader program on this issue in other regions. 

 

The Nizami Ganjavi International Center – The Club de Madrid partnership agreement was signed within the framework of the First South Caucasus Forum, centered on two significant elements of today’s international agenda – shared societies and women’s empowerment. covering, on the one hand, the inclusion of minorities, social cohesion and internally displaced people and, on the other, the issues of women’s participation in politics and policy making, participation in the labour market, and in peace and security processes were widely considered.

 

The high level participants at the First South Caucasus Forum Conference included the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev, the President of the Republic of Georgia, Mikheil Saakhasvili and HM Queen Noor of Jordan who joined Co-Chairs of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Vaira Vike Freiberga

and Ismail Serageldin as well as Board Members Tarja Halonen, Minister of State of Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov as well as President of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, Vice Presidents of the Club de Madrid, Jenny Mary Shipley and Jorge Quiroga along with other Members of both institutions.

 

As Co-Chair of the Board of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center (NGIC) Ismail Serageldin opened the First South Caucasus Forum on ‘Shared societies’. In his opening address Serageldin said “… the forum will discuss the clash of civilizations, shared values, norms, regulating our societies”. It brought together 200 international experts and scholars from 40 countries, and more than 40 heads of States and Governments. Dr. Serageldin also said: “I am proud to greet every participant of the forum in Azerbaijan, which is the homeland to legendary world culture, creator of literary pearls Nizami Ganjavi”.

 

Mr. Ilham Aliyev, President of Azerbaijan, opened the sessions in Baku talking about his own country: “In Azerbaijan we have a multicultural society. Multiculturalism has no alternative”. So President of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev stated that the dialogue of civilizations is a necessity for the development of mankind, and that education is “the core of success” for this integration challenges.

 

“We are not going to solve young people problems with new weapons but with new education technologies”, said Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan in the opening ceremony. She also stated that the challenge is to be able to engage through the difference, highlighting the importance and influence of great poet Nizami Ganjavi.

 

President of the Club de Madrid Wim Kok said that there is no alternative for Shared Societies: “There is no plan B. We have seen in this region and beyond the problems of marginalizing and separating communities on the basis of colour or religion or language. It creates tensions, unrest and ultimately violent conflict. That is an enormous burden on the society”.

Co-Chair of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Vaira-Vike Freiberga (Board Member of the Club de Madrid) and Board Member of Nizami Ganjavi IC Tarja Halonen speaked in a session called “The Challenge of Shared Societies”. Mrs. Freiberga presented the change as a possible reality, “not a political slogan”. Mrs. Halonen emphasized that “Strengthening the participation in political, social and  economical decision making of the people is the key for a sustainable growth, which will strengthen shared societies”.

 

Partipants are invitd to have a review of the recommendations of the sessions on shared socities and empowerment of women in orden to devlop the ideas for concrete recoemdations further in the forum in 2014.

 

High Level Preparatory Meeting

 

The Nizami Ganjavi International Center with support of the State Committee for the work on Diaspora, Republic of Azerbaijan, the Club de Madrid and the Library of Alexandria will organize a High Level Preparatory Meeting for “Shared Societies Forum 2014”.

 

Co-Chairs of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center Vaira Vike Freiberga and Ismail Serageldin as well as Board Members Tarja Halonen, Minister of State of Diaspora Nazim Ibrahimov as well as President of the Club de Madrid, Wim Kok, Vice Presidents of the Club de Madrid, Jenny Mary Shipley and Jorge Quiroga along with other Members of both institutions and partners as Petar Stoyanov President of Center for Global Dialogue and Cooperation will visit Baku, Azerbaijan 4-6th of September to discuss:

 

  1. Review and definition of potential sub themes and conference structure for Shared Societies Forum April 2014
  2. Shared Societies and the Agenda 2015 onwards
  3. Women and Shared Societies
  4. Religious Minorities and Shared Societies.
 

“Club de Madrid’s Shared Societies Project was launched 2007 in a response from leaders worldwide for options and action plans
to address the challenge of coexistence
that every society faces. Since then CdM works globally with various governments, institutions and their leaders, advising them on the best approaches to building a shared society. CdM define a shared society as one in which all individuals and constituent groups hold status as equally contributing participants, free to express their differences while integrating their voices within the broader population.”

* The Nizami Ganjavi International Center is a cultural, non-profit, non-political organization dedicated to the memory of Azerbaijani poet, Nizami Ganjavi, the study and dissemination of his works, the promotion of the principles embodied in his writings, the advancement of culture and creative expression, and the promotion of learning, dialogue, tolerance and understanding between cultures and people.

The Nizami Ganjavi International Center was established in the Republic of Azerbaijan under the Patronage of an International Board that includes a number of highly respected and recognized international figures who graciously offer their time, experience and gravitas to the development of the Center and its initiatives.

* The Club de Madrid is an independent non-profit organization composed of more than 90 democratic former Presidents and Prime Ministers from 62 different countries, constituting the world´s largest forum of former Heads of State and Government. The Club de Madrid works to respond to a growing demand for support among leaders in two key areas: democratic leadership and governance; and response to crisis and post-crisis situations. Both lines of work share the common goal of addressing the challenge of democratic governance and political conflict, as well as that of building functional and inclusive societies, where the leadership experience of our Members is most valuable.

The Club de Madrid assists in identifying politically sustainable solutions to the challenges faced by today’s leaders, developing practical recommendations, action plans and implementation strategies. The direct exchanges with current leaders on a peer to peer basis, and the Members’ ability to deliver the right message at the right time are an essential part of its work and are the core of the Club de Madrid’s impact.

* The New Library of Alexandria is dedicated to recapture the spirit of openness and scholarship of the original Bibliotheca Alexandria and called to be window of Egypt to the world and worlds window to the Egypt.

The Library of Alexandria’s mission is the production and dissemination of knowledge on a national, regional and international level, and to provide a space of freedom for the dialogue and understanding between peoples and cultures