Joined UNESCO: 02/06/1992

Head of State and/or Government

President of the Republic: H.E. Mr Sooronbay Zheenbekov
Prime Minister: H.E. Mr Sapar Isakov

Permanent Delegation to UNESCO

H. E. Mr Asein Isaev
Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Kingdom of Belgium and EU, Permanent Delegate (25/03/2016)

Permanent Delegation of the Kyrgyz Republic to UNESCO
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National Commission for UNESCO

Chairman: Mr Sapar Isakov

Secretary-General: Ms Sabira Soltongeldieva

National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO
54 Erkindik Blvd. Bishkek 720040 Kyrgyz Republic
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Participation in subsidiary organs

Organs elected by the General Conference

Intergovernmental Council of the International Programme for the Development of Communication
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)

Other intergovernmental organs

Intergovernmental Committee on World Heritage
Member (Term expires : 41st General Conference)

Addresses delivered in the general policy debate by the Head of Delegation at the General Conference

36 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mrs Elnura Korchueva, Secretary-General of the National Commission for UNESCO

Speech delivered during the General Policy Debate of the 36th session of the General Conference and posted as received

34 session of the General Conference

H.E. Mr Jypar Jeksheev, Secretary General of the National Commission for UNESCO

In the context of globalisation, UNESCO should be highly effective, efficient and dynamic. Kyrgyzstan therefore greatly appreciates the efforts made to reform the Organisation.
Over the last 15 years, dozens of successful UNESCO projects were implemented in Kyrgyzstan: recognition of the Akyns, preservation of the Chuiy valley, international conference on dialogue among civilisations, creation of biosphere reserves in Issyk Kul, etc.
Kyrgyzstan has declared tourism and especially ecological tourism to be a priority sector of the economy sector; the country hopes that UNESCO will support this activity.
Kyrgyzstan is giving priority to research on nomadism and we greatly appreciate the work of the two UNESCO institutes, the International Institute for the Study of Nomadic Civilizations in Ulan Bator and the International Institute for Central Asian Studies in Samarqand.
“The study for the joint nomination of the Great Silk Road for the UNESCO World Heritage List constitutes an extremely ambitious project, which will open a new phase in the preservation of cultural and natural heritage.”
Kyrgyzstan is also interested in developing water management activities. The country highly values UNESCO’s initiatives under the International Hydrological Programme, such as Hydrology for the Environment, Life and Policy, and the Asian G WADI.
Migration has become an acute issue in Central Asia. “The establishment of a UNESCO Centre for the Study of Migration could make a tangible contribution to the address the issue and find innovative solutions.”
Kyrgyzstan proposes to proclaim 20 February as the World Day of Social Justice and invites all UNESCO Member States to support this initiative through the adoption of a corresponding UN General Assembly resolution.
“Kyrgyzstan supports the idea of holding the second Global Mountains Summit in Bishkek in 2009 under United Nations auspices.”

Celebration of anniversaries

150th anniversary of the birth of Sagymbay Orozbakov, epic chanter (1868-1930) (Kyrgyzstan with the support of Kazakhstan and Tajikistan)

Sagymbay Orozbakov (1868-1930) was a great epic chanter of the Kyrgyz epic trilogy “Manas. Semetey. Seytek”, which represents three interconnected parts of Epos created more than millennium ago. Manas is the epic hero who united scattered tribes into one nation – Kyrgyz.
Orozbakov was a composer, a songwriter and an epic chanter, who began to narrate epics at the age of 15 and amazed people with his phenomenal memory and with an ability to improvise pieces of the epic during his performances.
The work of Orozbakov opened the epic trilogy to the world. The recording of the full version of the epic allowed for the safeguarding of this practice, which until that time was exclusively oral, and the universal values contained in Orozbakov’s epic trilogy, such as the respect to each other, contributes to the mutual understanding among peoples and cultures.

100th anniversary of the birth of Abdylas Maldybaev, composer and opera singer (1906-1978) (2006)

Abdylas Maldybaev was a famous composer, actor, opera singer and poet of Kyrgyzstan. He was one of the most prominent opera composers of his time and the author of the Kyrgyz national anthem. He succeeded in creating bridges between classical and traditional music in his country and was therefore one of the founding fathers of professional music in Kyrgyzstan. Abdylas Maldybaev is a very well known author and composer in Central Asia and his work deserves to be recognized internationally. Maldybaev’s contribution to the diversification of Kyrgyz traditional music through the integration of new elements, such as musical instruments, innovative forms and styles in the European musical tradition, was exemplary. Use of a unique musical tradition to create a new form that would attract a larger audience and contribute to international musical aesthetics is a good model to be followed for the promotion of cultural diversity in the world. UNESCO’s association with this celebration is not only justified but Abdylas Maldybaev’s creative work in the field of music and opera deserves to be better known and recognized by music circles in the rest of the world.

  • 100th anniversay of the birth of Semion Chuikov (2002)

  • Semion Chuikov (1902-1980) is the founder of Kyrgyz painting and the Kyrgyz professional painting school. He created the fine arts studio and the first picture gallery, which laid the foundations for the Kyrgyz State fine arts museum. Semion Chuikov’s works are stored in many renowned museums (the Tretyakov State Gallery and Russian State Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation; the State Oriental Arts Museum, Uzbekistan; museums in India, Germany and the Czech Republic). His paintings have been shown at international exhibitions of Soviet art in many cities of the world. Semion Chuikov’s creative work has contributed to the mutual enrichment of cultures and better understanding among peoples through the language of the arts.

  • Hundredth anniversary of the birth of Kazym Tynystanov (2001)

  • Kazym Tynystanov (1901-1938) made a significant contribution to the development of education and literature.
    Kazym Tynystanov was a poet and playwright; we owe him the first written collection of the famous epic poem “Manas”, a large part of which has been translated into Russian.
    He was a scholar renowned throughout Central Asia, a public figure and a statesman.

  • Three thousandth anniversary of the founding of the city of Osh (2000)

  • The city of Osh in Kyrgyzstan is one of the major economic and cultural centres of the Ferghana Valley. Being well situated geographically and enjoying favourable natural conditions, the city has been a crossroads of cultural traditions and trading from ancient times to the present day. Archaeological excavations and written sources confirm its great age (eleventh to eighth centuries BC). The dates of the first remains are borne out by a series of carbon-14 analyses conducted in the laboratory of the Academy of Sciences of the Russian Federation in St Petersburg.
    Given the situation of Osh on the Silk Roads, the celebration of the anniversary in question is an important activity for promoting and enhancing the cultural heritage of Central Asia.

  • 1000th year of "The Manas Epic" (1995)

  • ‘The Manas Epic’, comprising no fewer than half a million verses, has endured as
    one of the world’s masterworks of epic literature for a millennium.
    Eextensive scholarly work and translation activity have been generated since the nineteenth century in many languages (including Russian, German, English and Turkish) and in 1965 UNESCO published a book (in its Representative Works Series) featuring a selection from ‘The Manas Epic’ (Er-Töshtük, allimard/UNESCO), translated into French by Professor Pertev Boratav, with introduction and notes by Pertev Boratav and Louis Bazin.