Kazakhstan Hosts UNESCO Gathering

Representatives of 125 member states of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization met this week in Astana to strengthen relations among nations and seek formulas to optimize that effort.

The culture minister of host nation Kazakhstan, Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, emphasized the effectiveness of UNESCO’s National Commissions, “where the common and general needs can be embodied in a more effective way.”

In an official statement provided to Efe, Mukhamediuly said that this type of work in commissions and in collaboration with the UNESCO general secretariat makes the international entity more effective in meeting the “people’s cultural needs.”

The minister emphasized that the UNESCO regional center in Almaty, serving Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, has been established in accordance with the need to move the UN organization closer to the people it serves.

During the gathering, participants commemorated the inclusion of the old settlements of Kayalyk, Karamergen and Talgar in the Almaty region and Aktobe, Stepninskoe, Akyrtas, Kulan, Kostobe and Ornek in the Zhambyl region as links in the so-called Changan Tianshan corridor of the Silk Route.

The corridor, which includes Kazakh and Chinese territory, was declared a World Heritage Site at the meeting held by UNESCO in Doha last month.

Astana Mayor Imangali Tasmagambetov, Kazakhstan’s former permanent ambassador to UNESCO, was presented with that organization’s medal of honor for his work to protect the Silk Route.

Source: Herald Tribune

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