27.09.2011 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

UNESCO mobilizes partners for preservation of culture monuments

UNESCO mobilizes partners for preservation of culture monuments

Sub-regional workshop on support for documentation standards and procedures of the Silk Roads World Heritage serial transnational nomination in Central Asia took place in Tashkent on September 20-23, 2011.

The main objective of the seminar is granting Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan the possibility to carry out documentation of the cultural heritage independently in the nearest future. The adjusted exchange of the technical information, construction of the mechanism of the modern documentation of the cultural heritage are going to become a basis for procedure of the inclusion of monuments of the Silk Road into the World Heritage List. The seminar is carried out in the framework of the project on support for documentation standards and procedures of the Silk Roads World Heritage serial and transnational nomination in Central Asia sponsored by the UNESCO/Japanese Funds in Trust.

The Head of UNESCO Office in Tashkent, Mr. Jorge Ivan Espinal has expressed his gratitude to the government of Uzbekistan, in particular, to Principal Department for Preservation and Utilization of Cultural Objects of the Ministry of Culture and Sports of Uzbekistan and to the Institute of Fine Arts of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan for cooperation and the help in organization of the seminar. He also thanked the government of Japan for the help and indefatigable support in the sphere of preservation of the cultural heritage.

«The documentation system should support in the nomination of cultural heritage,  Mr. Espinal noted.  the Seminar should lead to understand how to raise skills in information interchange, to make them really transnational, to develop management for the future integrated actions, to develop corresponding standards and to observe a transnational nomination according to requirements of the World Heritage Committee».

«From the very beginning of the operation of the Silk Road many countries from East to West knew about its advantages. That is why it is so valuable to study the expansion of cultures for history of the universal civilization. The Silk Road is a part of the history of Japanese people as well. It is a treasury where the set of cultural sites has been stored. And from this point of view, we highly appreciate and support the efforts on inclusion of Silk Road cultural sites onto the World Heritage List»,  underlined Mr. Kuroda.

The Silk Road, as it has been noted in the speech from Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, was the uniting factor for the countries of the Eurasian continent throughout many years. Back in the history it played an important role in formation of civilization and statehood. In many ways owing to the Silk Road many cities prospered, it was the network of trading ways where the goods, innovations, culture, scientific knowledge of the different people were constantly distributed. In this regard, it was quite natural that in 1968 26th General assembly of the United Nations put forward the global program «Complex research of the Silk Road  Ways of Dialogue» as the most important humanitarian initiative of the end of 20th century. Within the framework of this program Uzbekistan scientists participated in a series of important activities, the international expeditions which have passed through republics of the Central Asia and other countries, in the meetings with state and public official representatives.

There are more than 15 thousand archaeological sites in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Primary stocktaking and its systematization are being carried out by experts from Academy of Sciences. Thus the basic attention is given to fundamental research of the largest historical centers, such as Samarkand, Bukhara, Tashkent, Termez and others.

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