Baku marks 25th an­niver­sary of mem­ber­ship with UNESCO

Azer News - - Culture & Lifestyle - By La­man Is­may­ilova

The 25th an­niver­sary of Azer­bai­jan's mem­ber­ship of UNESCO was marked in Baku on De­cem­ber 19.

State and gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials, mem­bers of the Par­lia­ment, sci­en­tists, cul­ture work­ers at­tended the event at the Mugham Club. The par­tic­i­pants viewed an ex­hi­bi­tion high­light­ing Azer­bai­jan’s cul­tural mon­u­ments in­scribed in UNESCO In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage Lists.

Speak­ing at the event, mem­ber of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan for UNESCO, As­gar Alak­barov, said 25 years ago Azer­bai­jan and UNESCO es­tab­lished very suc­cess­ful ties of co­op­er­a­tion.

Es­tab­lished in 1945, UNESCO is re­spon­si­ble for in­ter­na­tional co­op­er­a­tion in the fields of sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture and com­mu­ni­ca­tion. The or­ga­ni­za­tion has 195 Mem­ber States and 11 As­so­ciate Mem­bers.

Alak­barov pointed out that Azer­bai­jan joined UNESCO on June 3, 1992, and the Na­tional Com­mis­sion of the Repub­lic of Azer­bai­jan for UNESCO was es­tab­lished on Fe­bru­ary 21, 1994, fol­low­ing the de­cree signed by the na­tional leader Hey­dar Aliyev.

He stressed that dur­ing 25 years, Azer­bai­jan has been co­op­er­at­ing with UNESCO in the fields of sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion, cul­ture, com­mu­ni­ca­tion, gen­der is­sues, sports and youth. The suc­cess­ful pol­icy pur­sued by the coun­try's lead­er­ship boosted fur­ther ex­pan­sion of UNESCO-Azer­bai­jan ties.

Alak­barov said that preser­va­tion of the cul­tural her­itage is a pri­or­ity for the Azer­bai­jani state. "Azer­bai­jani mugam", "Ashug art", "Novruz hol­i­day", "Azer­bai­jani tra­di­tional arts of carpet weav­ing", "Tar and per­form­ing arts", "Tra­di­tional Karabakh eques­trian game chov­gan in Azer­bai­jan", "Tra­di­tional art and sym­bol­ism of kel­e­gai, mak­ing and using women's silk head­dresses", "Cop­per craft of Lahij", “Prepa­ra­tion and cul­ture of serv­ing fine bread: lavash, katyram, zhukka, yufka", "Tra­di­tions of cook­ing and fil­ing dolma, which is an in­di­ca­tor of cul­tural iden­tity", "String mu­si­cal in­stru­ment kya­man­cha, its pro­duc­tion and per­form­ing arts" were in­cluded in UNESCO In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage List. The Maiden Tower, Icher­ishe­her, Shir­van­shahs Palace and Go­bus­tan State His­tor­i­cal and Artis­tic Re­serve were also in­cluded in the UNESCO In­tan­gi­ble Cul­tural Her­itage List.

More­over, the ju­bilees of Azer­bai­jan's prom­i­nent fig­ures have been cel­e­brated at UNESCO Head­quar­ters.

In his speech, Chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion of Azer­bai­jan for UNESCO, Min­is­ter of For­eign Af­fairs El­mar Mam­mad­yarov stressed that Azer­bai­jan is com­mit­ted to UNESCO val­ues. He noted that Azer­bai­jan has es­tab­lished close re­la­tions with UNESCO in the field of ed­u­ca­tion, sci­ence and cul­ture and, as a re­sult, it has be­come a rep­utable mem­ber and a donor coun­try of UNESCO.

Touch­ing upon the Ar­me­ni­aAzer­bai­jan Nagorno-Karabakh con­flict, the min­is­ter said that 20 per­cent of Azer­bai­jani ter­ri­tory was oc­cu­pied by Ar­me­nian armed forces, as a re­sult of which, his­tor­i­cal and cul­tural mon­u­ments of Azer­bai­jan, schools and li­braries, as well as mosques and tombs were de­lib­er­ately de­stroyed. The min­is­ter pointed out the fact that these abu­sive acts com­mit­ted against Azer­bai­jan by Ar­me­nia have been con­stantly raised be­fore UNESCO.

Fur­ther, Deputy Chair­man of the Na­tional Com­mis­sion, Min­is­ter of Cul­ture and Tourism Abul­fas Garayev, Pres­i­dent of the Na­tional Acad­emy of Sciences of Azer­bai­jan Akif Al­izade, Min­is­ter of Trans­port, Com­mu­ni­ca­tions and High Tech­nolo­gies Ramin Gu­luzade and Act­ing Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion Jey­hun Bayra­mov ad­dressed the event.

In 2003, Azer­bai­jan and UNESCO signed the frame­work agree­ment on co­op­er­a­tion in the ar­eas of cul­ture, sci­ence, ed­u­ca­tion and com­mu­ni­ca­tion, which al­lowed Azer­bai­jan to be­come one of the donors of UNESCO.

In May, the or­ga­ni­za­tion marked the 600th an­niver­sary of the death of the great Azer­bai­jani poet and thinker Imadaddin Nasimi.

More­over, this year UNESCO also cel­e­brated the 200th an­niver­sary of the first set­tle­ment of Ger­mans in Azer­bai­jan. In 2013, with the sup­port of UNESCO the 900th an­niver­sary of Azer­bai­jani po­et­ess Mah­sati Gan­javi was cel­e­brated in Paris.

UNESCO, aim­ing to con­trib­ute to peace and se­cu­rity in the world by pro­mot­ing in­ter­na­tional col­lab­o­ra­tion, will cel­e­brate the 100th an­niver­sary of prom­i­nent na­tional com­poser Gara Garayev and the Baku State Univer­sity.

The pro­pos­als were put for­ward along­side with other 48 in the list of an­niver­saries for 2018-2019 submitted by the UNESCO Ex­ec­u­tive Board, within the 39th ses­sion of Gen­eral Con­fer­ence held in Paris.

At the Con­fer­ence it was adopted to cel­e­brate the ju­bilee of the out­stand­ing com­poser in 2018 and the year later to mark the an­niver­sary of es­tab­lish­ment of the first na­tional univer­sity – the Baku State Univer­sity.

In ad­di­tion, Azer­bai­jan has joined the pro­posal put for­ward by the Is­lamic Repub­lic of Iran to hold the 850th an­niver­sary of the cre­ativ­ity of the great Eastern poet, born in Azer­bai­jan, Shikhabud­din Yahya Suhrawardi.

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