On March 6, 2018, Odessa Regional Institute for Public Administration of the National Academy for Public Administration under the President of Ukraine hosted the “Multiculturalism – the Basis of Stability and Peace” Round Table organized jointly with the Official Representative Office of Baku Multiculturalism Center on Moldova, Ukraine, Romania, Hungary and Bulgaria.
The event was participated by the Institute Director Mykola Izha, Director of the Official Representative Office of Baku International Multiculturalism Center Aurelia Grigoriu, United Ukraine’s Azerbaijanis Congress Head Rovshan Tagiyev, employees of Azerbaijan Embassy in Ukraine Elman Bagirov and Tebriz Garayev, representatives of the Azerbaijani Diaspora in Odessa, the Institute’s students and employees.
In the beginning of the event, the HEI Director Mykola Izha greeted the audience, emphasizing the relevance of the topic being discussed with the example of Odessa region, where over 100 nationalities coexist peacefully. In her turn, the Round Table initiator and co-organizer Aurelia Grigoriu thanked the Institute’s management for a warm welcome, and expressed contentment with the development of the bilateral cooperation having been launched in September 2017. The presented highlighted the main direction of Baku International Multiculturalism Center’s activity, and detailed the peculiarities of Azerbaijani multiculturalism model which is successfully realized due to the balanced state policy.
The round table also featured speeches by the United Ukraine’s Azerbaijanis Congress Head Rovshan Tagiyev, Counselor of Azerbaijan Embassy in Ukraine Elman Bagirov, and the Diaspora representative Namik Talibov.
ORIPA NAPA under the President of Ukraine graduate Maxim Imeridze presented his experience of participation in the International Winter Multiculturalism “Civilizations Dialogue: New Challenges” School having taken place in Baku City (Azerbaijan) in February 2018.
Special attention was paid to the tragic episode of an armed conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh Republic, when on February 26, 1992, several hundred civilians have been murdered during the assault of Khodjaly Village. The audience watched the “Khodjaly Justice” documentary having been shot by Heydar Aliyev Foundation. The memory of the innocent victims was honored with a minute of silence.
Summing the results of the round table up, Mykola Izha stressed the crucial importance of tolerance, understanding, and peaceful coexistence of the peoples, which largely depend on the state’s effective regional policy. All the sides expressed their hoping on continuation of the cooperation, and holding joint events in the future.

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