We, the participants of the Nizami Ganjavi International Forum held under the title “Nizami Ganjavi: Bridge between the cultures”, gathered in Baku, Azerbaijan to commemorate the 880th anniversary of a great Azerbaijani poet and thinker Nizami Ganjavi, and pay a tribute to his splendid and ever enlightening legacy.
We express our appreciation to the efforts of Azerbaijani government to safeguard and promote Nizami Ganjavi’s rich philosophical heritage. In this regard, we stress the importance of the decree by the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan H.E. Ilham Aliyev, declaring 2021 the “Year of Nizami Ganjavi”. We also welcome the initiative of the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan to organize this Forum in Baku.
We recognize the impact and influence of Nizami’s immortal ideas and values in shaping the literary and poetic traditions, as well as, the advancement of the philosophical, socio-cultural, and political life across the region, inspiring such notable oriental poets and thinkers as, Mevlana Celaladdin Rumi, Yunus Emre, Amir Khosrow Dehlavi, Abd ar-Rahman Jami, Alisher Navoi, Muhammad Fuzuli, and many others. Researchers have found traces of Nizami’s influence even in the works of such classics of the Western literature as Dante, Boccaccio, W. Shakespeare, Goethe, Sh. Rustaveli and others.
The views, epitomized in the prodigious Khamsa – the masterpiece of Nizami’s poetry, have been fundamental in promoting universal values, such as humanism, equality, justice, sustainable cooperation for peace, and encouragement of good neighborhood relations, which are still top priority items of the global agenda.
We stress the significant nature and transcending impact and influence of Nizami’s ideas across time and space in shaping the perceptions of different cultures and civilizations on a global scale. The great Nizami’s works touch upon a wide range of issues pertaining both to individual development and human society in general, demonstrating an encyclopedic approach to almost all aspects of human life.
We emphasize Nizami’s enriching legacy as a valuable source of inspiration for multilateralism, inclusiveness, thereby serving as a unique platform of universal dialogue. The ideas and messages contained in Nizami’s works propagate multiculturalism, tolerance, and peaceful coexistence.
We also welcome the initiative of the Ministry for Culture of the Republic of Azerbaijan to enhance the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG’s) indicated in UN Global Agenda for 2030, by a new approach, whereby the SDG’s will be explained from Nizami Ganjavi’s lenses. This approach, will enable better community ownership, presenting SDG’s as a part of national culture, history and traditions. SDG’s will never be fully achieved unless communities perceive them as the values and goals inherent in and originating from their traditions. We would call other nations to use such an approach which can serve as a new stage in implementation of SDG’s.
Bearing in mind, the vast cultural and rich philosophical heritage of Nizami which strongly resonate in the contemporary world, the participants of the Forum hereby would like to suggest to hold this event as an important platform of dialogue to discuss different issues of regional importance on a regular basis in Baku, Azerbaijan.