In the UNESCO Headquarters
In accordance with the recent resolution of the head of our state, permanent representative office of Uzbekistan has been established at UNESCO.
The President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev, while on an official visit in France, met with Audrey Azoulay, DirectorGeneral of UNESCO at this organization’s headquarters in Paris.
Uzbekistan’s leader noted the deep symbolism that the official visit to the French Republic began with a meeting at UNESCO, and that Uzbekistan’s cooperation with this organization has been developing steadily.
Audrey Azoulay, sincerely welcoming Shavkat Mirziyoyev, stressed that cooperation with Uzbekistan and in particular the current meeting is very important for UNESCO.
Our country was twice elected to the Executive Board of the organization. The parties fruitfully interact in the field of restoration and in-depth study of the rich spiritual heritage of Uzbekistan; they implement joint projects in culture, education, science and other fields. Historical and cultural sites in Khiva, Samarkand, Bukhara and Shahrisabz are included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. The city of Bukhara was awarded the prize of the organization “Cities for Peace”.
Uzbekistan’s cooperation with UNESCO also contributes to the preservation, development and popularization of the classical Uzbek musical heritage. Thus, under the auspices of UNESCO, the international festival Sharq Taronalari is held every two years in Samarkand. In September this year, the first International Maqom Art Forum was held in Shahrisabz.
Promising is the cooperation in the field of education. Uzbekistan pursues a policy to foster physically and spiritually advanced individuals, based on the principle of “Enlightenment against ignorance”.
In September 2017, the head of our state initiated the adoption of the UN Convention on the Rights of Youth and the General Assembly resolution on “Enlightenment and Religious Tolerance”.
The Director-General of UNESCO supported the initiatives of President Shavkat Mirziyoyev to set up in Samarkand, under the auspices of the organization, the Mirzo Ulugbek International Institute for Building a Culture of Peace, Tolerance and Preventing Extremism, establish a regional center for information and communication technologies in education at the Tashkent University of Information Technologies, open the UNESCO Chair at the Silk Road University of Tourism in Samarkand.
The sides reached agreement on holding a regional forum in Uzbekistan of young scientists in Central Asia, as well as the Asian Forum “Information Technologies in the Service of Cultural Heritage Preservation” in Tashkent in 2019.
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UNESCO highly appreciated Uzbekistan’s policy to preserve the cultural and historical heritage of its people, which is the wealth of all mankind.
The meeting participants adopted a Joint Action Plan for 2018-2021 aimed at taking relations to a new level, innovatively solving of joint tasks and strengthening cooperation in all areas.