Workshop Advances UNESCO's Cultural Heritage Reporting System in Central Asia

Supported by funding from the European Union, the workshop underscores a commitment to promoting cultural heritage as a bridge between nations along the historic Silk Road corridors.


Devdiscourse News Desk | Geneva | Updated: 14-06-2024 16:30 IST | Created: 14-06-2024 14:19 IST
Workshop Advances UNESCO's Cultural Heritage Reporting System in Central Asia
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Under the auspices of the project “Silk Road Heritage Corridors in Central Asia – International dimension of the European Year of Cultural Heritage,” funded by the European Union and executed by the UNESCO Regional Office in Almaty, a pivotal workshop was recently convened. This initiative aimed to acquaint representatives of governmental bodies and national experts on Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) from Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan with the updated periodic reporting system outlined in the UNESCO 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Training Facilitators and Objectives

The training sessions were conducted by distinguished members of the Global Network of Facilitators for UNESCO 2003 Convention, namely Ms. Janet Blake, Ms. Aizharkyn Kozhobekova, and Ms. Saniya Bazheneyeva. Their expertise and guidance were instrumental in familiarizing participants with the intricacies of the reporting mechanisms crucial for safeguarding and promoting ICH across the Central Asian region.

Goals and Impact

The primary goal of the workshop was to enhance the capacity of national authorities and experts in Central Asia to effectively engage with the UNESCO 2003 Convention's periodic reporting system. By improving their understanding and proficiency in this domain, the workshop aimed to bolster regional efforts in safeguarding and revitalizing diverse forms of intangible cultural heritage.

European Union's Support and UNESCO's Role

Supported by funding from the European Union, the workshop underscores a commitment to promoting cultural heritage as a bridge between nations along the historic Silk Road corridors. UNESCO's Regional Office in Almaty played a pivotal role in orchestrating this training, aligning with broader objectives of the European Year of Cultural Heritage to foster international cooperation and mutual understanding through cultural dialogue.

Future Prospects and Conclusion

Looking ahead, the workshop's outcomes are expected to facilitate more robust and informed engagement by Central Asian countries in the periodic reporting process under the UNESCO Convention. This, in turn, will contribute to the effective safeguarding and promotion of the rich intangible cultural heritage that defines the Silk Road corridors. As these efforts continue to unfold, they will strengthen regional cooperation and showcase the enduring significance of cultural diversity in shaping global heritage landscapes.

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