The 2013 Russian-speaking component of the OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme
On 13 June 2013, UNESCO Moscow Office conducted an introductory session on its activities in the sphere of safeguarding of cultural heritage and strengthening the role of indigenous people organized within the framework of the 2013 Russian-speaking component of the OHCHR Indigenous Fellowship Programme (28 May-14 June, Moscow, Russian Federation). The aim of the Programme was to give indigenous peoples the opportunity to gain knowledge on the UN system and mechanisms dealing with human rights in general and indigenous issues in particular so they can assist their organizations and communities in protecting and promoting the rights of their people.
Russian-speaking indigenous representatives of five different communities including Komi-permian, Khanty, Republic of Sakha and Nivkh visited UNESCO Moscow Office with the aim to learn about the work of the organization and engage in dialogue on issues of mutual concern.
The introductory session conducted by UNESCO Moscow Office was accompanied with a short presentation of its projects and activities aiming at the promotion of cultural diversity and intercultural dialogue for sustainable development. On 9 August 2010, was celebrated the International Day of the World’s Indigenous People organized within the framework of the UNESCO project "Russian Regions for Sustainable Development: Education and Culture of peoples in Russian Federation". From May to September 2011, a photography contest entitled "Culture of Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East" was held within the framework of the Concept of the Sustainable Development of the Small Indigenous Peoples of the North, Siberia and the Far East of the Russian Federation with the objective to introduce the general public to the culture and traditions of the indigenous people of these particular regions. UNESCO Moscow Office has also supported the organization of the Second International Festival "The Meeting of UNESCO Masterpieces on Olonkho Land" that took place in Yakutsk, the capital of the Republic of Yakutia, on 10-16 July 2012 within the scope of the cultural program of the V International Sports Games "Children of Asia" and the All-Russian Sports Forum "Russia is a Sports Power." The principal aim of the Festival was to foster the preservation and dissemination of the Masterpieces of the Oral and Intangible Heritage of Humanity, facilitating the participation of young people and the public in the promotion of the intangible cultural heritage and cultural diversity.
UNESCO’s activities with indigenous peoples are framed by its missions to encourage intercultural dialogue and enhance linkages between culture and development. In order to ensure the effective implementation of the Universal Declaration on Cultural Diversity (2001), UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003), Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005) and the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (2007) in the cluster countries, the UNESCO Moscow Office supports initiatives aimed at encouraging intercultural dialogue and raising awareness about the value and the wealth of cultural diversity.
Through its partnership with indigenous peoples in the cluster countries, the Office seeks to support them in addressing the multiple challenges they face, while acknowledging their significant role in the world’s cultural landscape.
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