THE FIRST INTERREGIONAL MEETING OF NATIONAL COMMISSIONS FOR UNESCO IS TO BE
HELD IN ASTANA
Astana, July 25: On July 22-24, 2014 First Interregional
meeting of the National Commissions for UNESCO (hereinafter – NatCom) jointly
organized by theMinistry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Culture of the Republic
of Kazakhstan, Astana Mayor’s office and UNESCO is being held in Astana. The
meeting, held for the first time outside of UNESCO Head Quarters, is aimed at
bringing NatComs representing all regions of the world together for the purpose
of discussing perspectives for capacity-building, strengthening cooperation and
promoting NatComs’ best practices.
Heads and members of 125 Member
States’ NatComs representing all five regional groups of UNESCO (Arab states,
Africa, Asia and Pacific, Europe and North America, Latin America and
Caribbean) are attending the meeting.
Representatives of UNESCO’s partner
international organizations – ALECSO, IICAS and TURKSOY attending the meeting
as well on behalf of observing parties.
Delegation of UNESCO represented by 8 people
is headed by the Assistant Director-General for External Relations and Public
Host country is represented by the members
of Kazakhstan’s NatCom including the heads of key ministries, UNESCO Goodwill
Ambassador for Sport S.Sapiyev, heads of the National Committees, Chairs, Clubs
and Associated schools as well as a number of prominent scholars and active
proponents in the sphere of culture and arts.
The ceremony of awarding certificate on the
inclusion of 8 Kazakhstani cultural heritage sites (ancient settlements
Kayalyk, Karamergen, Talgar in - Almaty region and Aktobe, Stepninskoe,
Akyrtas, Kulan, Kostobe, Ornek - in Zhambyl region) to the UNESCO World
Heritage List in the framework of joint transnational serial nomination with China
and Kyrgyzstan “Monuments of Great Silk Road: Tian-Shan corridor” as well as
the certificate on inclusion of two Kazakhstani national biosphere parks
“Katon-Karaghay” and “Akzhayik” to the World Network of Biosphere Reserves is
planned in the course of the meeting.
On July 22, 2014 following the decision of
the UNESCO Director-General I.Bokova on recognizing the outstanding
contribution of the Mayor of Astana I.Tasmagambetov in strengthening
cooperation between UNESCO and Kazakhstan as well as safeguarding historic
heritage of the Great Silk Road, UNESCO Honorary Medal was awarded to the
former Chairman of Kazakhstani NatCom.