Mintimer Shaimiev, UNESCO Special Envoy for Interculural Dialogue

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The first President of Tatarstan, Mr Mintimer Shaimiev was appointed UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue in August 2017. M. Shaimiev received this title in recognition of his lifelong commitment to promoting and disseminating, values, attitudes and behaviors conductive to dialogue, non-violence and the rapprochement of cultures in the Republic of Tatarstan.

As Chairman of the Board of Trustees of “The Republican Foundation for the Revival of Historical and Cultural Monuments of the Republic of Tatarstan”, Mintimer Shaimiev champions the preservation and the promotion of cultural heritage in the Republic of Tatarstan, such as the ancient city of Bolgar and the Sviyazhsk Island.

In his capacity as a UNESCO Special Envoy for Intercultural Dialogue, Mr Shaimiev supports UNESCO’s activities in the framework of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures.

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