The third Baku International Humanitarian Forum has become a great platform for exploring current issues and mobilizing actions towards the global humanitarian agenda, Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO said in her video message to the participants of the event.
The topics of this year's forum are sustainable development, science and technology, education and multiculturalism lie in heart of UNESCO's work to strengthen the foundations for lasting peace and sustainable development, Bokova said.
She added that these are complex issues by themselves, and together they are a part of a single global agenda for human development.
"Creating and sharing knowledge is the way to scientific innovation, to development of solutions for the challenges that all societies face," Bokova said.
She believes that education stands at the heart of all UNESCO's work to empower girls and boys, women and men.
"For UNESCO these are equal dimensions of a single humanist agenda to promote human rights and dignity for all," Bokova said.
She expressed her gratitude to Azerbaijani government for such initiative.
The third Baku International Humanitarian Forum started in Baku on Thursday.
Azerbaijani President Ilham Aliyev and his spouse, Mehriban Aliyeva attend the opening ceremony.
The guests from over 100 world countries are participating in the forum.
Baku International Humanitarian Forum is an annual event comprising the outstanding representatives of political, scientific and cultural elite of the world community, including well-known statesmen, Nobel Prize winners in various branches of science and heads of influential international organizations.