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Republic of Azerbaijan
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Location  Asia
Capital  Baku
Area  86,600 sq km
Population  10,046,516
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  • Azerbaijan ranked third in the World Economic Forum's 2018 Inclusive Development Index's (IDI) list of emerging economies, an annual assessment of 103 countries’ economic performance that measures how countries perform on eleven dimensions of economic progress in addition to GDP.[1]

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  • Azerbaijan and Cameroon Olympic committees signed a cooperation agreement on 1 March 2013. The agreement covers 2013-2016 and includes a number of issues, as well as joint trainings and friendly matches.[2]

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  • Azerbaijan was admitted as a member of the United Nations (UN) on 2 March 1992.

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  • Azerbaijani school student Gulay Ibrahimli became the champion of the Karate Foundation Children Cup (weight class up to 47 kg, 12-13 years) organized by the World Karate Federation (WKF) in Tbilisi on 28 March 2018.

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  • Azerbaijani weightlifter Valentin Hristov won the gold medal at the 2015 European Championships in the men's 62 kg category in Tbilisi.

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  • Eynulla Fatullayev, an Azerbaijani journalist and human rights activist, was named as the winner of the 2012 UNESCO/Guillermo Cano World Press Freedom Prize by UNESCO’s Director-General, Irina Bokova on 17 April 2012. He was awarded for the courage and resilience he has displayed in fighting for press freedom.[3]

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  • The Asian Development Bank (ADB) and Government of Azerbaijan on 5 May 2015 signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a $1 billion investment program to rehabilitate and expand the country’s power distribution network.[4]

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  • The 4th Islamic Solidarity Games, a multinational and multi-sport event, was held in Baku, Azerbaijan from 12 to 22 May 2017.[5]

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  • Nigar Jamal and Eldar Gasimov, who go by the name Ell/Nikki from Azerbaijan, won the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 for the song Running Scared. It was Azerbaijan’s first-ever Eurovision triumph. The final took place on May 14, 2011 in Düsseldorf, Germany.[6]

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  • The 2015 European Games, the first edition of the multi-sport event for European athletes, was inaugurated on 12 June 2015 in Baku, Azerbaijan.[7]
  • Azerbaijan and other thirty-seven countries met internationally-set hunger eradication targets set for 2015 to halve the percentage of hungry people well ahead of time, the United Nations food agency revealed on 12 June 2013.[8]

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  • Firdovsi Farzaliyev of Azerbaijan won gold in the Men's Kumite -60kg Karate at the 2015 European Games.[9]

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  • Shah Deniz stage II, a landmark offshore natural gas field project in Azerbaijan, secured a $1 billion financial package on 7 August 2015 from the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) and the Black Sea Trade and Development Bank (BSTDB). This will be the largest gas field development project undertaken in Azerbaijan to date, expected to generate more economic opportunities and boost closer regional ties with Europe.[10]

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  • Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Russia, Iran and Turkmenistan signed an agreement on 12 August 2018 for collective use of the Caspian sea after two decades of negotiations.

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  • Radik Isaev of Azerbaijan won the Men +80kg Taekwondo gold at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil.[11]

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  • Azerbaijan and the European Investment Bank (EIB) signed a framework agreement on 30 August 2013 regulating the bank's activity in the country that is expected to benefit the citizens. This agreement reflects Azerbaijan's obligations to the bank, as well as the status accorded to the bank in the country.[12]

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  • Azerbaijani swimmer Natali Pronina won gold in the Women's 100m Breaststroke Swimming - SB12 at the London Paralympics on 8 September 2012.[13]

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  • Ramil Gasimov of Azerbaijan won Men -73 kg - Judo gold at the 2016 Rio Paralympics in Brazil.[14]

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  • Karabakh Research Center, the joint project of the State Management Academy under the President of Azerbaijan and the Azerbaijani Community of Nagorno Karabakh - Public Union, was opened on 4 October 2013. The aim of the center is to create necessary conditions for a number of local and international experts to carry out research and implement projects of international importance together with scientific centers of other countries in the future.[15]

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  • Independence Day of Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan celebrates October 18, since 1991, as the Independence Day after regaining it when the Soviet Union fell.

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  • Azerbaijan was elected as a council member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) on 27 October 2014 for four years from the Eastern Europe & Northern Asia region. ITU is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies.[16]

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  • Khadija Ismayilova from Azerbaijan was honored for winning the 2012 Courage in Journalism Award for her mission to ensure that the space of critical investigative reporting is not void in Azerbaijan.[17]

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  • Bestcomp Group of Azerbaijan received the prestigious Recognition of Excellence Certificates at the 2016 International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Telecom World Awards.[18]

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  • Azerbaijan's Boyanka Kostova set two new world records on her way to victory in the 58kg category at the 2015 World Weightlifting Championships in Houston. Kostova set new records for the snatch (112 kg) and a new overall total record (252kg).[19]

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  • Azerbaijan and the European Union on 29 November 2013 signed an agreement to facilitate the procedures for issuing short-stay visas. It will allow citizens from Azerbaijan to travel more easily to the Schengen area - envisages reducing the fee for Schengen visa for the Azerbaijani citizens, as well as for EU citizens to travel to Azerbaijan.[20]

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  • Copper craftsmanship of Lahij, Azerbaijan, the traditional practice of making and using copperware in the Lahij community of the Caucasus, was added to the 2015 UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.[21]

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References


  1. http://www3.weforum.org/docs/WEF_Forum_IncGrwth_2018.pdf
  2. http://www.news.az/articles/sports/77349
  3. http://www.unesco.org/new/en/communication-and-information/freedom-of-expression/press-freedom/unesco-world-press-freedom-prize/
  4. http://www.adb.org/news/adb-azerbaijan-sign-1-billion-mou-upgrade-power-distribution-network
  5. https://www.baku2017.com/
  6. http://www.eurovision.tv/page/history/by-year/contest?event=1553
  7. http://www.baku2015.com/news/article/baku-2015-begins-with-spectacular-opening-ceremony.html
  8. http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=45153
  9. http://www.baku2015.com/karate/event/men-less-than-60kg/match=kam060101/index.html
  10. http://www.adb.org/news/adb-ebrd-and-bstdb-cofinance-landmark-offshore-gas-field-azerbaijan
  11. https://www.rio2016.com/en/taekwondo-standings-tk-men-80kg-2
  12. http://en.trend.az/capital/business/2184241.html
  13. http://www.london2012.com/paralympics/swimming/event/women-100m-breaststroke-sb12/index.html
  14. https://www.rio2016.com/en/paralympics/judo-standings-ju-men-73-kg-2
  15. http://en.apa.az/xeber_karabakh_research_center_opened_-__span__200574.html
  16. http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2014/55.aspx#.VE4PV_mUcwA
  17. http://iwmf.org/honoring-courage/2012-courage-in-journalism-awards/awardees/khadija-ismayilova.aspx
  18. http://www.itu.int/en/mediacentre/Pages/2016-PR52.aspx
  19. http://www.iwf.net/2015/11/24/two-more-world-records-as-kostova-and-the-new-shi-take-the-honours/
  20. http://www.consilium.europa.eu/uedocs/cms_data/docs/pressdata/en/jha/139759.pdf
  21. http://www.unesco.org/culture/ich/en/news/twenty-elements-added-to-the-representative-list-of-the-intangible-cultural-heritage-of-humanity-00162