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Europe – Asia Center

Europe – Asia Center: The XI. Baku Global Forum, Azerbaijan


Brussels, March 20th, 2024


Between March 14th – 16th 2024, H.E. Madame Irina Bokova, former UNESCO Director General and close collaborator of the Europe-Asia Center and director for Europe, Mr. Matic Gajsek attended the XI. Baku Global Forum. The flagship event hosted by the Nizami Ganjavi International Center was themed “Fixing the Fractured World”. Summit serves as a crucial platform for fostering international cooperation and understanding amidst an increasingly “fractured” international landscape.


The Global Baku Forum has emerged as a significant event for addressing pressing global challenges and proposing innovative solutions. Baku, strategically located at the crossroads of Eastern Europe and Western Asia, provides a symbolic setting, reflecting Azerbaijan’s role as a bridge between diverse cultures and regions.


Matic Gajsek, Director for Europe at the Europe-Asia Center, highlighted the forum’s importance, stating, “The Global Baku Forum offers a unique opportunity for global leaders and stakeholders to come together and engage in some of the most pressing issues of our time. It was great to take part in the numerous high-level dialogues that were a true display of collaborative efforts and dialogue, essential in tackling global challenges effectively. We would like to thank the Nizami Ganjavi International Center for creating such a significant platform of dialogue, to which we as a center hope to contribute in the future.


During the forum, the delegation of the Europe-Asia Center engaged in meaningful discussions on various topics, including education, climate emergency and just-transition, peace, security and intercultural dialogue. Notably, H.E. Madame Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO and Patron of the International Science Council, contributed insights on climate justice in a high-level panel discussion, sharing innovative ideas to address the climate funding gap and achieve the UN Sustainable Development Goals.



As we navigate the complexities of our world, the Europe-Asia Center remains dedicated to promoting dialogue, understanding, and cooperation between Europe and Asia. In this regard, the contributions of Europe – Asia Center at the Global Baku Forum reflect a comprehensive and inclusive approach to global issues, with the aim of forging a more interconnected and prosperous future for all.


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Matic Gajšek, Director for Europe, Europe – Asia Center

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