Azerbaijan’s 2030 plan for smart Karabakh rebuilding
By | Rachel Brooks
March 29, 2021
Sustainable development projects would bring the Karabakh region of Agdam (above) and all the other liberated territories back to life.
The 44-day war in Karabakh ended with Azerbaijan reclaiming territories lost in the conflict of 1988-1994 era. It likewise ended on a hopeful note that, despite the intense politics in the region, the crisis of human displacement and the physical aftermath of the war could be brought to a solution. Azerbaijan’s plans for post-conflict Karabakh have been formed after those principles laid out in the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development via the United Nations.
“This Agenda is a plan of action for people, planet, and prosperity. It also seeks to strengthen universal peace in larger freedom,” begins the U.N. Sustainable Development 2030 agenda’s preamble.
“We recognize that eradicating poverty in all its forms and dimensions, including extreme poverty, is the greatest global challenge and an indispensable requirement for sustainable development. All countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership, will implement this plan. We are resolved to free the human race from the tyranny of poverty and want and to heal and secure our planet. We are determined to take the bold and transformative steps which are urgently needed to shift the world onto a sustainable and resilient path.”
The full agenda is available for download via the U.N. General Assembly.
Azerbaijan expects post-war growth and wishes to rebuild Karabakh as a place of the future, as was stated by the Turkish media outlet Daily Sabah. In addition to rebuilding its war-torn regions, Azerbaijan likewise opens its doors to greater international cooperation.
AzerNews reported a rise in cultural cooperation activity and a return to the roots of ancient monuments recovered in the liberated regions. The Azerbaijani flag has been hoisted over the ancient Khudaferin bridge in Jebrail, a bridge that once served as a major commercial and military thoroughfare in ancient times. The bridge fell into disrepair as a direct result of the conflict. In today’s Azerbaijan, cultural sites that tie the nation to both its Turkic and its Persian shared roots are being explored in greater depth and protected with new attention to detail.