Panel session “Multiculturalism: achievements and problems” started in Baku
Within the Baku International Humanitarian Forum, a panel session “Multiculturalism: achievements and problems” started on October 11th at the Hilton Baku Hotel.One of the panel sessions of the Baku International Humanitarian Forum has taken place at the Hilton Baku Hotel. The main event attended by guests from various foreign countries was “Multiculturalism: achievements and problems”., Russian academician, chairman of the Russia-Azerbaijan Society Yefim Pivovar spoke on topic “Multiculturalism in state policy”. He said the forum opened ample opportunities for the representatives of many countries who gathered here for exchanging experience. The speakers touched on ethnic minorities, preservation of their national features, stressed that multiculturalism was a factor stimulating development of a society and preventing from confrontation, adding multiculturalism was not an abstract notion, but a real fact. The majority of the panelists saying the forum was taking place in a country with a well developed intercultural dialogue, multiculturalism expressed pleasure of being in Azerbaijan. The Multiculturalism Model of Azerbaijan was one of the topics in the focus. It was stressed that peoples belonging to different religions, nationalities, and ethnic minorities lived in Azerbaijan in peace and prosperity. The state creates every condition for them to preserve their traditions and religions. Tolerance is one of the mental features of the Azerbaijanis, they said, adding necessary efforts are made to preserve the ethnic diversity in the country. Azerbaijan is ready to share the experience gained in this sphere at any given time. Former director general of UNESCO Koïchiro Matsuura recalling his first visit to Azerbaijan in 2002 at the invitation of Great Leader Heydar Aliyev stressed that great many changes had taken place in the country since then. He noted that the Icherisheher Historical and Architectural Preserve and Gobustan had been included in the UNESCO’s List of World Heritage, while the mugham entered the organization List of Oral and Intangible Heritage. Koïchiro Matsuura said development of multiculturalism was possible thanks to protection of rich spiritual heritage and development of modern culture. Rector of the Baku branch of Moscow State University named after Lomonosov, Professor Nargiz Pashayeva, saying the term “multiculturalism” had emerged recently, added that the notion had a long history. The universal history also proves this. Multiculturalism is one of the foundations of development of universal being, said Professor Nargiz Pashayeva bringing Nizami’s “Seven Beauties” and Goethe’s “West-Eastern Divan” as an example. Saying the term “multiculturalism” today had a slighthly different meaning compared to previous centuries, Nargiz Pashayeva said the main goal of scholar was to achieve tendency in a society for universal ideas such as justice and mercy. The importance of young people’s taking a more active role in intercultural dialogue taking their being more sensitive into account was stressed. The participants thanked Azerbaijan for organization of the forum on a high level.