Baku, September 11, 2015 – A UNAOC delegation met with Azerbaijani government officials September 7-11 in preparation for the 7th Global Forum of the Alliance, to take place in Baku, Azerbaijan, in April 2016. The UNAOC delegation was composed of Ms. Nihal Saad, Chief of Cabinet and Spokesperson for the High Representative, Ms. Anna Pavlyuchenko, Member States and Donor Liaison Officer, and Mr. Alessandro Girola, Programming Coordinator.
The UNAOC delegation met with Mr. Abulfas Garayev, Minister of Culture and Chair of the organizing committee in Azerbijan for the UNAOC Global Forum, to discuss the organization of the forum, content of the various sessions and events, and the list of speakers and guests. The delegation also met with officials from the office of President Ilham Aliyev, and from the Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Youth and Sports, and Technology and Communications. The delegation also visited the Baku Convention Center where the Global Forum will be held, and which can accommodate up to 3,500 participants.
The Global Forum is a major event organized regularly by the UNAOC, bringing together government heads of states and Foreign Ministers, prominent personalities and experts, current and potential partners, and others from different various sectors. The forum provides a global platform for discussions on intercultural and interreligious dialogue. Past Forums have been hosted in Spain, Turkey, Brazil, Qatar, Austria and Indonesia.