The terraced fields in Yuanyang County in Yunnan, China, have been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage. They are renowned not only for the picturesque landscape, but also for the unique culture associated with the way local people grow their crops. #GLOBALink
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On January 29, 2022, a regular meeting of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO was held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was attended by Deputy Chairmen of the Cabinet of Ministers of Turkmenistan, heads and representatives of relevant ministries and departments of the country.
In his speech, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan R. Meredov, highlighting the main areas of cooperation between Turkmenistan and UNESCO, once again stressed the need for further expansion of cooperation with this Organization.
The agenda for today's meeting was very busy. Current issues, as well as plans for the coming period, were considered. In this context, the importance of including the Turkmen national skill of making dutar and the art of playing on it, accompanied by singing, to the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity, as well as the election of the country as a member of the Executive Council of the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO for the period 2021-2023, the Intergovernmental Council of the International Hydrological programs for the period 2021-2025 were noted.
It was informed about the ongoing work on the nomination to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity of the native Turkmen arts, in particular the Akhal-Teke horse breeding and the breeding of the Turkmen Alabay. The issues of expanding cooperation between Turkmenistan and UNESCO within the framework of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network project were also discussed. In particular, the process of entering the capital of Turkmenistan into the UNESCO Global Network of Creative Cities in the creative field "Design" was considered.
In particular, the need to intensify work on the preparation of the relevant nominations of Turkmenistan in the register of the UNESCO Programs "Memory of the World" and "Man and the Biosphere" was expressed.
As is known, the sphere of education and science is one of the important areas of partnership between Turkmenistan and UNESCO. The meeting participants highlighted the importance of expanding cooperation with this Organization in these areas. Organizational issues of creating UNESCO Chairs in a number of universities of Turkmenistan were discussed.
The meeting also considered the Action Plan of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO for 2022.
On January 21, 2022, a conference dedicated to the publication of the books “Interview given by the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov to the international mass media”, “Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia” and “The 15th Summit of the Economic Cooperation Organization” was held at the Magtymguly Turkmen State University.
At the beginning of the conference, the Deputy Chairman of the Cabinet of Ministers, President of the Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan S. Toylyev delivered an introductory speech.
Also during the conference, presentations were made by the Minister of Education of Turkmenistan, the Executive Secretary of the National Commission for UNESCO in Turkmenistan, Director of the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, Director of the Institute of State, Law and Democracy, the rectors of the Magtymguly Turkmen State University, the International University for the Humanities and Development and the Institute of International Relations of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan. The Ambassador of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan to Turkmenistan Irfan Ahmed and the Ambassador of the Republic of Tajikistan to Turkmenistan F. Sharifzoda also made their speeches.
During the conference, the significance of a number of international events held in Turkmenistan last year, which are another confirmation of the great international authority of Turkmenistan and the recognition of the enormous potential of its foreign policy and the legal status of permanent neutrality as an effective mechanism for strengthening global peace, sustainable development and global security were discussed.
As is known, on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of Independence of Turkmenistan, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov gave several interviews, in particular, to the journalist of the “Mir” Interstate Television and Radio Company, to the First Deputy Director General of the TASS news agency Mikhail Gusman and to the editor-in-chief of the TRT World TV channel of the Turkish State Television and Radio Company Yusuf Erim. In these interviews, the Head of State spoke about the prospects for regional and international cooperation in various formats. In addition, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov noted the priorities of the state policy of Turkmenistan, where special attention was paid to the preservation of the primordial values of the nation and their relationship with modernity.
The speakers emphasized the historical significance of the Consultative Meeting of the Heads of States of Central Asia in strengthening and developing relations between the countries of Central Asia. It was noted that this meeting made it possible to comprehensively consider promising areas and mechanisms for further development of regional mutually beneficial cooperation.
In particular, it was stated that Turkmenistan, being a member of the ECO, makes an invaluable contribution to the expansion of cooperation in the economic direction and builds up friendly relations within the organization. It was emphasized that our country, during its ECO Presidency for 2021, carried out active and meaningful work in accordance with the Developed Concept of Chairmanship.
At the end of the event, the participants adopted an Address to the President of Turkmenistan Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov.
Aerial photo taken on July 8, 2021 shows Anping Bridge in Anhai Town of Quanzhou, southeast China's Fujian Province. China's "Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China" was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List as a cultural site on Sunday, bringing the total number of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites to 56. Quanzhou, a coastal city in China's Fujian Province, was a global maritime trade center back in the Song and Yuan dynasties. (Xinhua/Jiang Kehong)
FUZHOU, July 25 (Xinhua) -- East China's port city of Quanzhou, once hailed as "the very great and noble city" by the Italian explorer Marco Polo, won UNESCO World Cultural Heritage status Sunday, bringing the total number of the country's UNESCO World Heritage sites to 56.
UNESCO accepted "Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China" as a cultural property on its World Heritage List amid the ongoing 44th session of the World Heritage Committee held in Fuzhou, capital of east China's Fujian Province.
Located on narrow plains along the coastline of Fujian, Quanzhou was one of the world's largest ports along the historic Maritime Silk Road, particularly in ancient China's Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).
The serial property includes 22 sites of administrative buildings and structures, religious buildings, and statues. The property witnessed multi-cultural communities, cultural memorial sites and monuments, the production of ceramics and iron, and a transportation network formed of bridges, docks and pagodas that guided voyagers.
"It reflects greatly the spatial structure that combined production, transportation and marketing. It demonstrates the key institutional, social and cultural factors that contributed to the spectacular rise and prosperity of Quanzhou as a maritime hub of the East and Southeast Asia trade network during the 10th to 14th centuries AD," said a report by the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), the committee's official advisory body.
It is the second time the city has applied for the prestigious title. In 2018, China's nomination "Historic Monuments and Sites of Ancient Quanzhou (Zayton)" was referred back for a second chance when the committee met in Bahrain in 2018.
China made significant technical adjustments and resubmitted the application as "Quanzhou: Emporium of the World in Song-Yuan China," with the former 16 sites included in the serial nomination expanded to 22 sites, according to Zhang Lei. Zhang is head of the world cultural heritage department under China's National Cultural Heritage Administration and made the remarks at a press conference held earlier this month.
The session, originally scheduled for 2020 but postponed due to COVID-19, has been extended until July 31 to go over the agendas of both 2020 and 2021.
The Minister of Education and Science of Georgia, Mikheil Chkhenkeli participated in the World Online Conference "Education for Sustainable Development" organized by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
The conference, which focused on climate change and biodiversity, was opened by UNESCO Director-General - Audrey Azoulay and addressed the challenges facing governments and people around the world. The Covid-19 pandemic has further highlighted the challenges facing global communities.
In his speech, Mikheil Chkhenkeli focused on the role of education in the context of the climate crisis. He noted that our knowledge of the climate crisis should be based on scientific research. Understanding the importance of education as a powerful lever for sustainable development was also facilitated by the Covid-19 pandemic, which transcended the boundaries of the health crisis and took on a more global character.
The Minister stressed that Georgia has fully adapted its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to its national needs. Accordingly, the 2030 Global Agenda is part of Georgia 's domestic policy.
Mikheil Chkhenkeli: “The Ministry of Education and Science carries out its activities in accordance with the UN Sustainable Development Goals. All of this serves the ultimate goal of providing students with necessary skills and values that will contribute to the development of a sustainable society. "Our goal is to create an education system that increases the sense of responsibility of citizens, encourages scientific research and overcomes various global or local challenges based on knowledge and evidence."
Furthermore, in his speech, the Minister spoke about the importance of joint efforts at the local and international levels. Mikheil Chkhenkeli noted that if we consider the pandemic as an opportunity, we will become stronger and more innovative and thus accelerate the progress of education, and the development of science. According to him, it is a healthy planet that allows us to enjoy basic human rights.
Chancellor of Germany, Angela Merkel, Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, President of the French Constitutional Council, representatives of the European Space Agency and various UNESCO representatives from around the world also attended the online conference.
By the Minister of Education and Science of Georgia
As part of her video message at the international conference "The Policy of Neutrality and Its Role in Ensuring International Peace, Security and Sustainable Development", UNESCO Director General Audrey Azulay emphasized that Turkmenistan, having proclaimed its Neutrality, opened a new chapter in its history, which is rich in dialogue between peoples and cultures, and being part of the common roots of humanity.
The Director General of UNESCO stated that “Turkmenistan's Neutrality is a continuation of this story, since this commitment to peace for the country and for the region is far from being aloof or solitary. In fact, it reflects a strong openness to the world. "
Одри Азулай: «Чтобы представить себе общий мир, нам нужны преданные государства-члены, чтобы построить его»
В рамках своего видеообращения на международной конференции «Политика нейтралитета и ее значение в обеспечении международного мира, безопасности и устойчивого развития» Генеральный директор ЮНЕСКО Одри Азулай особо подчеркнула, что Туркменистан провозгласив свой нейтралитет, открыл новую главу в своей истории, которая богата диалогом между народами и культурами, и являющегося частью общих корней человечества.
Гендиректор ЮНЕСКО констатировала, что «Нейтралитет Туркменистана – это продолжение этой истории, так как эта приверженность миру для страны и для региона – далеко не отстранённость или уединение. На самом деле это отражает решительную открытость миру».
The three Georgian writing systems have been recognized by UNESCO as monuments of intangible cultural heritage.
This decision was made on November 30, at the 11th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for Cultural Heritage, held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. At the committee's session, which is scheduled for November 28 through December 3, the Georgian side is represented by Ecaterine Siradze-Delaunay (Georgia's Permanent Delegate to UNESCO), Nikoloz Antidze (General Director at the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia), Ketevan Kandelaki (Secretary General of the Georgian National Commission for UNESCO at the Foreign Ministry), Vakhtang Jaoshvili (Georgia's Permanent Representative to the African Union), Rusudan Mirzikashvili (Head of UNESCO and International Relations Unit at the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia), and Konstantine Natsvlishvili as an expert for the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia invited by the UNESCO Committee for Cultural Heritage.
Said nomination was prepared with the support of the Georgian Government and under the leadership of the National Agency for Cultural Heritage Preservation of Georgia, and it was endorsed at the international level by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The preparation of the nomination involved the Institute of Linguistics, Ivane Javakhishvili State University in Tbilisi, the Georgian National Academy of Sciences, the National Center of Manuscripts, the National Archives of Georgia, the National Library of Georgian Parliament, the National Museum, the Patriarchate of Georgia, experts in intangible material heritage, and individual linguists. Earlier, on March 19, the Continuous Culture of the Three Ancient Georgian Writing Methods were recognized as national monuments of intangible heritage.
The continuous culture of the three ancient Georgian scripts are a result of the coexistence of the three writing systems ("mrglovani", "nuskhuri", and "Mkhedruli"), which have served various cultural and social purposes and have their roots in the centuries-long evolution of Georgian script. The three methods of writing boast a diversity of usage and a continuous culture of coexistence, literary heritage and culture, alphabet teaching methodology (Dedaena, Iakob Gogebashvili's method for compiling alphabet textbooks), topography, and graphics and media design. The unity of the three methods has preserved the lexis and grammar of Georgian literary language, which span fifteen centuries and form the foundation of the development of Georgian literary language.
The recognition of the three Georgian writing methods by UNESCO as monuments of intangible cultural heritage is extremely important to Georgian society and diaspora, as well as to the cultural and educational institutes of Georgia and the country in general, also for promoting the image of Georgia as a country with a highly developed culture.
This nomination contributes to the preservation of Georgia's cultural diversity, strengthening of social tolerance and sociocultural ties based on respect, promoting Georgian studies at the international level, boosting cooperation between research institutes and organizations specializing in the Georgian language, alphabet, and literature, which makes the Georgian alphabet in general a powerful defense mechanism.