David Fernández Puyana
Ambassador and Permanent Observer of UPEACE

UPEACE visited the Republic of Azerbaijan

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BAKU, October 13 and 14, 2022. Within the context of a regional UPEACE visit to the South Caucasus countries, Dr. David Fernandez Puyana, Ambassador, Permanent Observer of the University for Peace to the United Nations Office and other international organizations in Geneva, maintained high level meetings in both the Ministries of Culture, Education and Foreign Affairs. The visit to Baku was successfully organized by the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Azerbaijan to the United Nations in Geneva.
On 13 October a meeting was held with H.E. Mr. Elnur Aliyev, First Deputy Minister of Culture, in order to strengthen their partnership in the so called Baku Peace Process and the program Culture for Peace. Another meeting also took place with Dr. Fariz Ismayilzada, Vice-Rector of ADA University, with the purpose of preparing new avenues of cooperation. In light of the fruitful agreement signed by ADA University and UPEACE, both agreed to reinforce their partnership.
On 14 October, a meeting was held with H.E. Mr. Mukhtar Mammadov, Deputy Minister of Science and Education. UPEACE offered to the academic community of Azerbaijan a wide range of higher education studies in the field of peace and security, international and environment law, diplomacy or human rights. Both institutions will find ways of cooperation.

Later another meeting took place with Mr. Marat Kangarlinski, Director of the Department of Humanitarian and Social Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Azerbaijan. Important proposals were identified to expand their partnership in the field of peace education.

About the Author
Dr. David Fernández Puyana was born in Spain and is a practitioner and international lawyer specialized in international human rights law, international relations, peace studies, United Nations and civil society movements. He earned a Phd with European Mention and he has also a Degree on Law & Philosophy, as well as, some Masters on Human Rights (Essex, Alcala de Henares and Barcelona Universities). He served as adviser at the UNESCO Liaison Office and the Permanent Mission of Costa Rica to the UN in Geneva. As a legal assistant of the Chairperson-Rapporteur of the UN Intergovernmental Working Group on the right to peace, he was one of the architects of the Declaration on the Right to Peace adopted by the UN General Assembly in 2016. He advises Paz sin Fronteras and is Professor of Public International Law at Abat Oliba University CEU. Since June 2018, he serves as Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the University for Peace established by the UN General Assembly to the UN and UNESCO. He is also nominated Gender Champion.