Azerbaijani President talks about the “vaccine of nationalism” and the “green” future of the liberated lands

Justice in the Age of a Pandemic

“The COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause serious problems for the whole world …” said Ilham Aliyev. – In mid-January of this year, a vaccination campaign was launched in Azerbaijan. A social and economic stimulus package worth approximately $2.7 billion has been launched to support the private sector affected by the effects of the pandemic.”

In 2020, the World Health Organization ranked Azerbaijan among the countries that deal with the epidemic most effectively

“In 2020, the World Health Organization ranked Azerbaijan among the countries that deal with the epidemic most effectively,” the president said.

In his speech, as Chairman of the Non-Aligned Movement, Ilham Aliyev noted that Azerbaijan has put forward a number of global initiatives. In particular, at Baku’s proposal, a special session of the UN General Assembly was held dedicated to combating the epidemic.

To draw attention to “vaccine nationalism”, Azerbaijan, on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement, began to adopt a resolution at the UN Human Rights Council on ensuring equitable access to vaccines for all countries, and this document was unanimously adopted in March of this year. In his speech during the current session, Ilham Aliyev indicated that Azerbaijan intends to come up with an initiative to adopt a similar resolution by the UN General Assembly.

Climate and green energy

Turning to the issue of global warming, the President of Azerbaijan noted that his country had ratified the Paris Climate Agreement and made a voluntary commitment to achieve a 35 percent reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 compared to 1990. In addition, according to Ilham Aliyev, Azerbaijan is considering The possibility of achieving the goals set by the Paris Agreement of 2050.

“Currently, the share of renewable energy sources in the total energy system of our country is 17 percent,” said the President of Azerbaijan. “By 2030, we plan to increase that number to 30 percent.”

He said that he declared the recently liberated territories of the country a “green” energy zone and invited international energy companies to invest in green energy in Azerbaijan. “The scientifically proven potential of green energy in the liberated lands of Azerbaijan is 7,200 MW of solar energy and 2,000 MW of wind energy,” the president said.

war and peace

Speaking about the recent war in Nagorno-Karabakh, Ilham Aliyev recalled that Armenia occupied nearly 20 percent of Azerbaijani territory under occupation for three decades. According to him, in 1993 the UN Security Council adopted four resolutions demanding the immediate, complete and unconditional withdrawal of the Armenian armed forces from the occupied territories of Azerbaijan. However, according to Ilham Aliyev, Armenia ignored these and other resolutions adopted by the UN General Assembly, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, the Non-Aligned Movement, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe and the European Parliament. He accused Armenia of destroying Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage during the years of occupation, in particular, according to Aliyev, out of 67 mosques, 65 were completely destroyed, and the rest are in a terrible state.

The Azerbaijani president stressed that “our country resolved the 30-year-old conflict through military and political means, restoring not only its territorial integrity, but also historical justice.” “The Nagorno-Karabakh conflict is a thing of the past.”

Azerbaijan will continue its continuous efforts to promote peace and cooperation in the region

He said that there was no longer a regional administrative unit called Nagorno-Karabakh in Azerbaijan, and instead the economic regions of Karabakh and eastern Zangezur were created. “Taking this opportunity, I would like to call on all countries and the UN Secretariat to avoid using legally non-existent, politically biased and manipulative names when referring to our territory,” said the Azerbaijani president.

He expressed the hope that long-awaited peace, security and stability would prevail in the South Caucasus. “Azerbaijan will continue its continuous efforts to strengthen peace and cooperation in the region,” the Azerbaijani leader added.

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