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Friday, 29 June 2018 06:27

Professor Etibar Najafov: “Azerbaijan is one of a few states in the world in which multiculturalism is a state policy”

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On 25 June 2018, the Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global
Dialogue organized a World Conference on the theme of “Religions, Creeds and Value Systems: Joining
Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights” at the United Nations Office at Geneva in collaboration with
the International Catholic Migration Commission, the World Council of Churches, the Arab Thought Forum,
the World Council of Religious Leaders, Bridges to Common Ground and the European Centre for Peace and
The World Conference - held under the patronage of His Royal Highness Prince El Hassan bin Talal of the
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan - was addressed by more than 35 world-renowned religious, political and lay
leaders from the major regions of the world.
In his statement, Professor Etibar Najafov, Head of the Department of Interethnic Relations,
Multiculturalism and Religious Issues, Administration of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan,
emphasized the importance of harnessing the collective power of multiculturalism to prevent conflicts
based on ethnic and religious grounds.
In his statement, Professor Etibar Najafov explained that Azerbaijan had managed to become a global
centre multiculturalism due to its history and geographical location, which played an important role in
shaping the Azerbaijani model of multiculturalism:
“In all the stages of the history of Azerbaijan, the representatives of different nations have peacefully
coexisted in its territory (…). The ancient Silk Road passed through the territory of Azerbaijan. This favourable
geographical location of the country played a crucial role in its formation and the development of a society
with ethnic-cultural diversity”. He added that “the historical and geographical factors, which are essentially
objective in nature, have played a critical role in the process of the birth and formation of the Azerbaijani
The success of the policy of multiculturalism in Azerbaijan – as highlighted by Dr. Najafov - is rooted in the
“development of high level relations between State and religions in Azerbaijan.” This approach, he said, was
fully supported by both the State and the people of Azerbaijan.


Religions, Creeds and Value Systems:
Joining Forces to Enhance Equal Citizenship Rights
25 June 2018, United Nations, Geneva Switzerland

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