Global Forces, Local Voices: 12–14 June 2016 Post-Event Brief
On 12–14 June 2016, leading figures in global politics gathered in Andorra la Vella for the VIII High-Level Meeting of the Nizami Ganjavi International Center. The meeting provided a space for over twenty current and former Presidents, Prime Ministers and Ministers, together with key experts and leading scholars, to engage with one of the most pressing issues facing the world today – namely globalisation and its socio-economic consequences. The meeting – organised in cooperation with the Fundació Julià Reig – built on the findings of the 2016 Baku Forum, which reviewed the challenges of an increasingly multipolar world and explored options to overcome them.
Towards a Multipolar World: 10–11 March 2016 Meeting Report
On 10–11 March 2016, the Fourth Global Baku Forum convened in Baku to discuss the challenges and opportunities of a multipolar world, as well as real solutions to the pressing crises currently ongoing in Syria and Ukraine. More than fifty current and former Heads of State, Ministers and Parliamentarians, as well as key thinkers and leading experts, came together for this high-level event which represents an increasingly important space for global dialogue. The outcomes of the Forum serve as the basis for the “Baku 20” — twenty concrete proposals for a more peaceful and equitable world.
Building Trust in the Emerging/ New World Order: 28–29 April 2015 Meeting Report
On 28–29 April 2015, over 400 participants from 60 countries, including President Aliyev, Rosen Plevneliev (President of Bulgaria), Gjorge Ivanov (President of Macedonia), and Joseph Muscat (Prime Minister of Malta), along with more than 40 former Heads of State, four Ministers and 18 Members of Parliament, gathered in Baku to discuss the challenges to the current world order and chart options for the international community. The title of this year’s forum, “Building Trust in the Emerging/New World Order” condenses in a single line the titanic task the participants embarked on.
On 26–28 January 2016, more than thirty eminent leaders-including current and former Presidents, Prime ministers and renowned scholars from the East and the West as well as religious representatives-gathered in Rome to discuss the issue of radicalisation and extremism in the 21st century and the ways interfaith dialogue could address it. As such, we see interfaith dialogue as a forum to ameliorate conflict, and to encourage reconciliation in situations where religion is not the driving force.
Organising dialogue across religious boundaries would thus enable people to perform their sacred duty as peacemakers within their respective faith traditions1. This meeting took place in the Grand Hotel Minerva in Rome, with the opening session being hosted at the Italian Senate, in the spectacular Sala Zuccari of the Palazzo Giustiniani, as well as an official ceremony hosted by the President of the Italian Republic, Sergio Matarella, with interventions from the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre Board of Trustees’ co-chairs, Vaira Vīķe-Freiberga and Ismail Serageldin.
Throughout the conference, participants tackled the pivotal question of what could be learned from the past and present practice of interfaith dialogue, while discussing the ways international policymakers could elevate interfaith dialogue as a genuine instrument for conflict.
‘New Visions of Partnership & Neighbourhood for Europe’ Sofia, 8–9 October 2015 Meeting Report
On the 8th and 9th of October 2015, twenty-one leaders from frontline states facing the twin challenges of economic development and a surge of refugees gathered in Sofia to discuss new visions for partnership and neighbourhood for Europe. Their discussion focused on concrete steps to forge a consensus in addressing the refugee crisis and related economic, political and moral issues facing Europe. The two-day conference was sponsored and organised by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center, under the auspices of the President of Bulgaria, Rosen Plevneliev. Bulgaria, with thousands of refugees and migrants in transit camps, is one of several South East European countries straining to contend with the refugee crisis. The question of solidarity was of foremost concern for the conference participants: unity within the EU, with those who are not members of EU, and with the international community, whose support and cooperation are necessary to address the situation in the short and long term. The conference organisers hope that, with the establishment of consensus over key issues, the outcome of the discussions will help build a basis for solidarity and a road map to navigate the current political, economic and humanitarian challenges.
‘Building Trust in the Wider Europe’ Brussels, 19–20 February 2015 Meeting Report
In preparation for the 2015 Baku Global Shared Societies Forum on 26–27 April, the Nizami Ganjavi International Centre convened a group of high-level participants, including former heads of state, and its members to discuss critical issues surrounding peace and security in the wider Europe. During two days the participants shared their experience in an open and frank discussion, and produced a number of ideas on how trust could be re-established in international relations. The meeting was a timely effort against the low levels of trust on — and between — leaders in the Wider Europe. Already at the 2015 Munich Security Conference, Russian, American and German leaders discussed the validity of the Helsinki Act and the Paris Agreement, two formerly unshakable pillars of peace and stability that are now being called into question. It is clear that is a time for responsible action for leaders to reinstill trust and confidence across the continent. This report is a distillation of the discussions held in Brussels, the challenges identified, and the recommendations that came out of the meeting. It includes a record of suggestions of ways forward, which will inform the 2015 Baku Forum and serve as inspiration for global leaders in rebuilding trust in and beyond Europe.