Forum “Dialogue of Cultures in Globalization”

June 29-30, 2010

Forum "Dialogue of Cultures in Globalization" started on June 29 in Baku at the initiative of Head of Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s Representation in Russia Mrs Leila Aliyeva.

Prior to the Forum, participants laid flowers at the graves of national leader Heydar Aliyev and outstanding scientist in ophthalmology, academician Mrs Zarifa Aliyeva in the Alley of Honors.

They also visited the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, were familiarized with rich exposition featuring pictures and exhibits on eminent statesman Heydar Aliyev’s life and actions. They were told the great leader provided the basis for economic progress, social-cultural rise, successful development of formation of modern society all levels.

Held at Baku Business Center, the Forum is dedicated to the memory of outstanding politician, national leader Heydar Aliyev.

The event is the international forum being the logical continuation of the scientific conference held in June 2009 in Moscow. At the conference, Head of Heydar Aliyev Foundation`s Office in Russia Mrs Leila Aliyeva stressed importance of globalization, noting in globalization the people of Azerbaijan deeply values its traditions and respects cultures of other countries.

Opening the Baku Forum, which brings together a lot of scholars and intellectuals, academician Mahmud Karimov, President of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS), mentioned significance of the traditional forum. He praised national leader Heydar Aliyev`s role in developing science and culture in the country. The national leader`s policy is today being successfully continued by President Ilham Aliyev. The President signed Order “On approval of “National Strategy on Development of Science in the Country in 2009-2015” and “State Program on Implementation of National Strategy on Development of Science in the Country in 2009-2015”.

Karimov stressed the necessity of developing contacts between Azeri and Russian scientists. He said international scientific relations bring to the development of science and creation of cultural dialogue in the world. There are positive courses in enhancement of international ties of scholars. We hope for durability of these courses.

Academician Abdusalam Huseynov, Director of the Institute of Philosophy of the Russian Academy of Sciences, said: "We appreciate cultural diversity. We must try to keep it going in the context of globalization. I hope that the Forum will contribute to resolving such issues. I note with great pleasure that the number of contacts between Azerbaijani and Russian scientists are rapidly developing in the post-soviet space. We should increase and develop these contacts in the future."

Professor Nargiz Pashayeva, Rector of the M.V.Lomonosov Moscow State University`s Baku branch, said: “The dialogue of cultures is especially actual in the 21st century since the need for common approaches to the resolution of most urgent humanitarian, social, moral and cultural, ethic and economic problems is especially strong now. The scientists should combine efforts to propose solutions on how to cope with challenges facing the modern society and people.”

She underlined such events are also important for strengthening international and human ties. The dialogue is possible only in the event of trust among people and nations. Answering the classical questions of philosophy such as place, value of a person in the society is still important. We realize the humanity by education, rich moral potential. Every educated person intends to philosophy, trying to cognize itself and others. So, we need to do our best to make the world better.

Expressing gratitude to Heydar Aliyev Foundation for the invitation to the event, Yuri Pompeyev, a Russian scholar, talked of his visits to Nakhchyvan and Ganca, relations with Azeri scientists and intellectuals. He emphasized the attitude in the country on national culture and family, saying science should bring people together.

Pompeyev noted the first organization national leader of Azerbaijan Heydar Aliyev visited when he was elected a president 17 years ago was the Academy of Sciences. This great personality brought scholars together. Because only outstanding political figures understand the importance of science in society.

Doctor of Philosophy Ilham Mammadzade, Director of the ANAS Institute of Philosophy, Sociology and Law, talked about modernization in globalization, mentioning the necessity for a creative science along with a classical one to modernize the human consciousness.

Professor Alexander Chumakov, Head of the Philosophy Department at the Finance Academy under the Government of Russia, assessed Russia-Azerbaijan relationship as an example for other countries. Talking of the influence of globalization on culture, he said the Forum opens amazing opportunities for communication.

Doctor of Philosophy, professor, UNESCO expert Nizami Mammadov spoke about cultural diversity, stating just culture connects the past, present and future.

Sevda Mammadaliyeva, Deputy Minister of Culture and Tourism of Azerbaijan, said only the intercultural dialogue can make nations understand each other better.

The Forum went on in sections.

Forum was closed on June 30.

Held at Baku Business Centre and dedicated to the memory of outstanding politician, national leader Heydar Aliyev, the Forum was attended by renowned Azeri and Russian scholars. In the second day of the event reports were delivered on the themes such as “Dialogue of civilizations in the dialogue of cultures”, “Democracy, society and once again on the role of personality in history”, “Individual parameters of democratic values in modern society”, “Humanitarian education in Russia in globalization”, “Dialogue as a comprehension of identity of others”, “Intercultural dialogue is the basis to the sustainable development in globalization”, “Philosophy of unity and contemporary science”, “Interaction between the culture of thinking in globalization”, “Unity and diversity of cultures: Islam in the context of culture in Nijegorod Region”.

Report “Heydar Aliyev – the man and politician” by Russia’s Honor Figure of Science, professor Konstantin Dolgov aroused deep interest among the conferees. The rapporteur talked of the huge works great leader Heydar Aliyev did for the development of transport sphere as First Deputy Chairman of the Soviet of Ministers of USSR, his care to culture, his meetings with the national leader in the course of scientific studies. He said a patriot, genius person as Heydar Aliyev, who did his best for the happy future of his nation, is always honored by people.

The Forum attendees finalized the action with adoption of a special resolution.