A Round Table on UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the present situation in the field of culture in Uzbekistan
A Round Table on UNESCO's 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions and the present situation in the field of culture in Uzbekistan was held in Tashkent on 16 September 2013.
The event was organized by the UNESCO Office in Tashkent in close co-operation with Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan within the Project “Promotion of the 2005 Convention 2005 in Central Asia” supported by the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty.
Matters related to culture were high on the agenda during the Director-General's meetings with President Karimov and government officials in the framework of Ms Bokova's recent official visit to Uzbekistan. The country officials underscored the importance of cultural heritage, diversity, tolerance and arts education for the values and identity of the country.
Uzbekistan has already ratified most of UNESCO's Conventions on culture, such as “The Convention for the safeguarding of the world cultural and natural heritage” (1972), “The Convention for the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage” (2003), “The Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property “ (1970) and “The Convention on the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict” (1954).
In follow-up to the Director-General's discussions with government authorities, the Round Table allowed to present the Convention to representatives of the Parliament, ministries and institutions concerned and define steps to be taken for the possible ratification of the Convention by Uzbekistan.
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