GENEVA, 10th December, 2016 (WAM)–The Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, has organised a symposium entitled: “The right to Development, Challenges and the Way Forward,” in collaboration with the Permanent Mission of Azerbaijan to the United Nations and Other International Organisations in Switzerland.

It was attended by several ambassadors, representatives of diplomatic missions, academics and human rights and international experts from about 40 countries around the world.

Dr. Hanif Al Qasim, Chairman of the Geneva Centre said, “The terrorism poses the biggest challenges facing communities in terms of the development plans in various fields.”

In his inaugural speech, he referred to the relationship between human rights and development, citing the negative impact on the development plans in the countries gripped by wars and acts of violence. “This is the main reason for the lack of growth in light of the vision expressed by the UN declaration.”

Dr. Al Qasim explained that the manifestations of violence and extremism helped to circulate the hostile rhetoric, raising undeclared racism and contributing to the spread of hatred for foreigners.

He called on participants and stakeholders to take advantage of opportunities to strengthen commitment to the development and human rights, and take interest in developing a dialogue between civilisations, religions and cultures to face multiple problems that reflected negatively on communities.

Obaid Salem Al Zaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Geneva, highlighted the UAE model for sustainable development, initiatives and operational mechanisms launched by the conscious leadership.

“These aimed at promoting community performance in diverse areas of development, based on solidarity, tolerance and the use of modern techniques to further develop long-term development goals,” he said.

Al Zaabi noted the positive effects of the media and civil society organisations’ call for application of the right of individuals and communities to development in general.

Ambassador of Azerbaijan, to UN office in Geneva, Vaqif Sadiqov, stressed the right to development in light of the United Nations Declaration, applies to individuals and communities. “People should be assisted to exercise this right.” He said it is the responsibility of states to create an appropriate climate to activate this right Participants stressed that the escalation of violence adversely affects the progress of peoples and constitutes to the challenges facing the development, both in small or large countries alike. They called on governments and individuals to work on the application of equality in rights and duties.