Vice-premier, Foreign Minister Rashid Meredov has informed the Head of the State about measures for development of cooperation with the UNESCO – the UN specialized agency for education, science and culture, at the last session of the Government.
It was mentioned that at present moment, the Secretariat of the UNESCO has registered nomination on inclusion of dutar making craft, playing this musical instrument and art of bakhshy to the List of Intangible Cultural heritage. These matters are planned to be reviewed at the session of Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO for intangible cultural heritage in November 2021.
At the same time, work for preparation of the nomination on inclusion of Ashgabat to the Network of Art cities of the UNESCO is under completion. The goal of this Network, which was established in 2004 and including 180 cities, is to develop multilateral cooperation and to exchange the practice between the cities of the world. In this regard, it is proposed to send relative documents to the UNESCO.
Work for preparation of nominations for inclusion of horse breeding art of ahalteke horses and breeding of Turkmen alabays, which are national heritage of our people, according to international standards of the UNESCO has been arranged under cooperation with the above-mentioned organization.
It was mentioned that measures are taken for strengthening of international legal base in science, education and culture. In this aspect, work on the matters related to joining of Turkmenistan to the UNESCO conventions on combating discrimination in education sphere, on protection and promotion of variety of forms of cultural expression as well as on recognition of qualifications related to higher education is carried out.
Draft Joint Action Plan for 2021 – 2023, which is proposed to be sent to this organization and hold consultations with its specialists in the second half of October, has been developed for further continuation of cooperation between our country and UNESCO.
Taking into account new directions of the partnership, in particular in such spheres as digital technologies, climate change, management of water resources, sport and tourism, it seems to be reasonable to take measures for improvement of efficiency of activity of National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO.
Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that our country demonstrates integrated approach to implementation of the Sustainable development goals in UNESCO direction. Long bilateral relations in scientific and educational spheres, culture and protection of historical and architectural monuments visually indicate dynamic character of cooperation with this big UN structure.
The course toward digitization, implementation of innovations in all spheres of society, active use of advanced information and communication technologies open good perspectives for expansion of traditional contacts and enrichment of their content.
Having approved the presented proposals, Turkmen leader gave instructions for strengthening of cooperation with UNESCO to the Head of the Foreign Ministry, having highlighted importance of work for popularization of rich historical and cultural heritage of Turkmen people.
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