Shaping the Future: Nizami Ganjavi International Center's 78th High-Level Meeting at the 26th UN General Assembly

Published 25 September 2023

Shaping the Future: Nizami Ganjavi International Center's 78th High-Level Meeting at the 26th UN General Assembly

Nizami Ganjavi International Center Hosts 78th High-Level Meeting Amidst the 26th UN General Assembly

Amidst the esteemed proceedings of the 78th Session of the UN General Assembly, the Nizami Ganjavi International Center convened a significant High-Level Meeting, exploring the theme of "Shaping the Future: Relaunching Multilateralism." This pivotal gathering witnessed the participation of a distinguished assembly, comprising over 40 former heads of countries and governments, more than 30 former foreign ministers, and in excess of 10 heads of international organizations, representing 20 nations from across the globe.

Regarded as the largest congregation of former leaders within the annals of the UN General Assembly, this meeting served as a testament to the collective commitment towards fostering dialogue, cooperation, and progress on the global stage.

Among the illustrious attendees were notable figures such as President Bayram Begai of Albania, President Jose Ramos Horta of East Timor, Prime Minister Dritan Abazovic of Montenegro, President Stevo Pendarovski of North Macedonia, and Director-General Dr. Tedros Adanom Gebreyesus of the World Health Organization. Also in attendance were esteemed dignitaries including the current President of the UN General Assembly, Denis French, Executive Director Kristalina Georgeva of the International Monetary Fund, High Representative Miguel Angel Moratinos of the UN Alliance of Civilizations, Executive Director Sima Bahos of the UN Women's organization, UN Development Program Administrator Achim Stayner, Executive Director Mrs. Vinnie Byanyima of the UN HIV-AIDS program, and Vice-President David Graff of "Google."

Additionally, the gathering witnessed the presence of eminent past Presidents and Prime Ministers, including Volkan Bozkir, Maria Fernanda Espinosa, Vuk Jeremich, Ksaba Korosi, Vaira Vike-Freiberga, Egils Levits, Boris Tadic, Rosen Plevneliyev, Borut Pahor, Tarja Halonen, and Ivo Josipovic. Former heads of government, such as Gordon Broun, Binali Yildirim, and Werner Faymann, along with former Foreign Ministers Stefan Lohfe, Zlatko Lagumdzija, George Papandreou, Jan Fischer, and other distinguished personalities, graced the occasion with their esteemed presence.

The agenda of the high-level meeting encompassed a diverse array of critical topics, ranging from multilateralism and Climate Change to deliberations on the Russian-Ukrainian conflict, the pivotal roles of UN agencies within the G20 framework, the empowerment of women in fostering peace and security, global cooperation initiatives, and the implications of Artificial Intelligence on the global landscape.

In essence, the gathering epitomized a collaborative endeavor towards charting a course for a more prosperous, equitable, and sustainable future for all nations.