UN­ESCO’s Ernesto Ramirez: Cul­tural Her­itage Study and Preser­va­tion in Uzbek­istan Is a Model for Many Coun­tries

Uzbekistan Today (English) - - KALEIDOSCOPE -

Ahead of Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev’s forth­com­ing of­fi­cial visit to the French Repub­lic, a me­dia event has taken place in Paris un­der the ti­tle “Cul­tural Her­itage as a Bridge be­tween Uzbek­istan and France”. The oc­ca­sion at­tracted more than 60 world-cel­e­brated schol­ars, in­clud­ing Ori­en­tal Stud­ies spe­cial­ists, from a di­ver­sity of na­tions. Ernesto Ot­tone Ramirez, UN­ESCO As­sis­tant Direc­tor-Gen­eral for Cul­ture, also at­tended the event.

Speak­ing be­fore those gath­ered, the of­fi­cial pointed out that he con­sid­ers the ef­forts un­der­taken in Uzbek­istan in re­cent years to pre­serve the ma­te­rial and spir­i­tual her­itage as fun­da­men­tally im­por­tant.

“You are suc­cess­fully work­ing to show the world that Uzbek­istan’s rich­est cul­tural her­itage is stored not only in your coun­try, but also through­out the world, in famed mu­se­ums of Europe and the US as well as in other na­tions. I be­lieve this rather se­ri­ous at­ti­tude in Uzbek­istan to this is­sue – through re­search, demon­stra­tion, creation of new sci­en­tific ven­tures and projects – is a model for many coun­tries. Re­search is a way to trans­fer not only aca­demic knowl­edge, but also the aware­ness to our chil­dren and new gen­er­a­tions. We are very pleased with UN­ESCO’s ac­tive en­gage­ment with Uzbek­istan,” Ernesto Ramirez said.

In the course of the me­dia event, re­ports were pre­sented on the cul­tural her­itage of Uzbek­istan in the col­lec­tions of France. Thus, within the frame­work of the project, a book al­bum is get­ting ready to be re­leased with de­scrip­tions of manuscripts of Avi­cenna, Mirzo Ulug­bek, Alisher Navoi – the mas­ter­pieces cur­rently stored in the French Na­tional Li­brary. In the process of prepa­ra­tion is an­other edi­tion out­lin­ing the unique ar­ti­facts be­long­ing to the cul­tural le­gacy of Uzbek­istan and lo­cated in the Lou­vre and other mu­se­ums in France.

At the fo­rum, the book al­bums “Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions”, “Ar­chi­tec­tural Epig­ra­phy of Uzbek­istan” and a se­ries of fac­sim­ile copies of manuscripts were pre­sented to UN­ESCO, lead­ing mu­se­ums and li­braries of France, and the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Uzbek­istan in France as gifts.

As the Deputy Chair­man of the Se­nate of Uzbek­istan’s Oliy Ma­jlis Sadik Safayev said in his speech, “it’s not sur­pris­ing that the se­ries of events or­ga­nized ahead of Pres­i­dent Shavkat Mirziy­oyev’s forth­com­ing visit to France is first de­voted to cul­tural her­itage, be­cause it is the his­tor­i­cal root of our two peo­ples. Such cul­tural and hu­man­i­tar­ian is­sues lead to a deeper un­der­stand­ing and trust be­tween our peo­ples. To­day’s grand oc­ca­sion in France re­ally serves as a bridge be­tween the cul­tures of the two coun­tries, which is ex­tremely im­por­tant.”

Uzbek­istan’s new open­ness pol­icy aimed at es­tab­lish­ing friendly ties with all coun­tries and striv­ing to re­vive the cul­tural her­itage in our na­tion, has been bear­ing its fruits.

“The project “Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions” is a clas­sic ex­am­ple of how civil in­sti­tu­tions, pub­lic and in­ter­na­tional or­ga­ni­za­tions, so­cially re­spon­si­ble busi­ness, world sci­en­tific cir­cles have joined forces in our coun­try at the new stage of re­forms to pro­mote ini­tia­tives so­cially sig­nif­i­cant for our so­ci­ety as much as the whole civ­i­lized world,” the au­thor and head of this project, the Hon­ored Jour­nal­ist of Uzbek­istan Fir­davs Ab­dukha­likov em­pha­sized in his speech.

The par­tic­i­pants also vis­ited the world-renowned Lou­vre Mu­seum, the Na­tional In­sti­tute of Ori­en­tal Lan­guages and Civ­i­liza­tions (Inalco), as well as the Guimet Mu­seum, where the sides reached agree­ments on co­op­er­a­tion in this area.

The mul­ti­me­dia scheme “Cul­tural Her­itage of Uzbek­istan in World Col­lec­tions” has been im­ple­mented since 2016 with the spon­sor­ship of the oil ser­vice com­pany Eriell Group. To­day, within the frame­work of the project, 20 book al­bums have been pub­lished, along with 25 doc­u­men­taries nar­rat­ing the rich cul­tural her­itage of Uzbek­istan stored in a great di­ver­sity of mu­se­ums and li­braries across the world.

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