16.05.2014 - UNESCO Office in Jakarta

UNESCO participates in the International Scientific Conference on the Impact of the Legacy of Great Scholars and Thinkers of the Medieval East to Modern Civilization

Samarkand, 15 May 2014

H.E. President Islam Karimov and Mr Hubert Gijzen, Director of UNESCO’s Regional Bureau for Sciences based in Jakarta, opened the International Conference “Historical heritage of the scientists and philosophers of the medieval East, its role and importance for the modern civilization”. Scholars and specialists from nearly fifty nations, representatives of international organizations and members of the diplomatic corps participated in this two-day scientific conference.

Highlighting the important contribution of the scholars of the Medieval East, such as Al-Khwarizmi, Al-Biruni, Ibn Sina, Ulug Bek and Alisher Navoi, to the development of the sciences, philosophy and culture in the world, Mr. Gijzen said that UNESCO is convinced that encounters and exchanges between scientists of different regions contribute considerably to the overall enrichment of all peoples concerned. “As they also foster mutual understanding, they can ultimately reinforce social harmony and improve livelihoods. Thus dialogue and exchange are fundamental to UNESCO’s overriding mission to build the defenses of peace in the minds of men and women’, stated Mr Gijzen.

Mr Gijzen also echoed President Karimov’s words that the present youth and future generations have important lessons to learn from these medieval scholars, both as regards the dedication to research and knowledge as well as with regard to their desire to bring this knowledge to bear in building a better future for all. “It is also very important that through cooperation of scientists and experts we will have cooperation of the young generation, students and young people, irrespective of what part of the world they live, study and work', stated the President, adding, that one of the main purposes of the Samarkand conference was the further strengthening of the comprehensive cooperation between the Uzbek and leading foreign universities, scientific and research centres.





During his stay, Mr Gijzen visited the major scientific landmarks in Uzbekistan – the International Centre on Solar Energy in Parkent, the Navoi National Library and the Botanical Garden in Tashkent. He also gave a keynote address and had discussions with Uzbek scientists at a round table on “Post-2015 Agenda in Sciences and Technology” at the Tashkent Institute on Irrigation and Melioration.

Download Mr Gijzen’s speech at the Samarkand conference here.

Download President Islam Karimov's speech here

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