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Turkmenistan and UNESCO to expand partnership in cultural and educational sphere

A meeting of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO was held, during which the tasks of deepening activities in the cultural and educational sphere were considered. The meeting was organized in accordance with the instruction of the Leader of the Turkmen Nation.

Participants in the event were Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet, heads and delegates of relevant agencies.

Opening the meeting, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs R. Meredov stressed the importance of developing further partnership with UNESCO. This also echoes the views and steps outlined in the Roadmap for the organization of the International Year of Peace and Confidence, grand opening which had previously been held in the capital of Turkmenistan. The event was attended by a number of influential representatives of the UN and its specialized agencies, as well as delegates of important regional and international organizations. Speaking at the opening of the International Year of Peace and Trust, the UNESCO delegates noted the importance of mutual cooperation with Turkmenistan. This will help to strengthen friendly, trusting and peaceful ties between states and nations.

The past meeting had a full agenda. The issue of inscribing a large number of cultural and historical sites located on the Turkmen land, as well as a number of crafts that Turkmens have mastered since ancient times, into the UNESCO lists was discussed. The art of making dutar and combination of singing and traditional art of music performance were mentioned separately and should be included in the lists of sites of universal importance. Horse breeding aimed at raising the Akhal-Teke breed of horses and dog breeding, the task of which is to preserve and breed the Turkmen Alabai, should also add to the list of intangible cultural heritage. At the moment, there are active activities in this direction.

The meeting participants also touched upon the partnership with UNESCO in the implementation of the Network of Creative Cities project. It was proposed to include Ashgabat in the Global List of Creative Megacities, in the section "Design".

They also discussed mutual cooperation with UNESCO in the educational sector. The participants discussed the prospect of establishing chairs in some Turkmen universities. A proposal was also made to introduce a number of secondary schools in Turkmenistan into the system of associated educational institutions of UNESCO.

The meeting also addressed multilateral partnerships in the region on the UNESCO platform. In this area, one of the significant steps was conclusion of a trilateral agreement between the Ministries of Culture of Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan to protect and promote the components of the Zarafshan-Karakum corridor, an integral part of the Great Silk Road. This site has been decided to be inscribed on the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List in the Serial Transnational nomination.

Also, the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO reviewed the Action Plan for 2021.


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