24.04.2010 -

UNESCO Supports Museum Management in CIS Countries

On 22-24 April the Regional Conference of Museum Specialists of CIS countries “Running a Museum – XXI Century” was held in Minsk within the framework of the long-term UNESCO/IFESCCO pilot project “A series of regional and national capacity-building trainings for CIS countries in museum management based on UNESCO/ICOM Museum Studies Training Package”(2008-2010).

The Conference was organized by the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO, in partnership with the Belarusian Committee of the International Council of Museums “ICOM”, Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Belarus, Belarusian State University of Culture and Arts, with the financial and conceptual support of the UNESCO Office in Moscow and IFESCCO.

This conference was a major concluding presentational event of the above mentioned UNESCO/IFESCO pilot project, which has been successfully implemented with the participation of museum specialists of more than 100 museums from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, the Republic of Moldova, the Russian Federation, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The main aim of the Conference was to consolidate and enhance educational content of museums, foster improvement of legislative aspects of the effective implementation of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970) and elaborate the future plan of action for the development of museum-to-museum partnership and further development of the capacity-building trainings for museum specialists in the CIS countries.

The Minister of Culture of the Republic of Belarus Mr. Pavel Latushka opened the conference with his welcoming address. Mr. Dendev Badarch, the Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Moscow, UNESCO Representative in Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, the Republic of Moldova and the Russian Federation welcomed the conference participants on behalf on UNESCO. Ms Olga Barakaeva, counselor of IFESSCO followed with her welcoming address on behalf on IFESCCO. 

The issues on museum management were discussed in the following sessions: “Museums as Centres of Education and Communication: Experience. Opportunities. Prospects”, “Museums as Access Points to Knowledge on Cultural Heritage and Cultural Diversity”, “The role of museums in the implementation of the Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property (1970)”. As a result of the conference the report including recommendations was elaborated aimed at raising awareness of the importance of supporting museums as centres of education and communication.

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