05.04.2012 - UNESCO Office in Tashkent

World Heritage

Experts on World Heritage sites at the Great Silk Road met in Tashkent (Uzbekistan).


Within the meeting of steering committee

Tashkent hosted the two-day expert meeting of the Steering Committee to support the documentation of standards and procedures for the serial and transnational nomination of World Heritage properties of the Great Silk Road in Central Asia.

The event was organized within the activity of the UNESCO Country Office in Uzbekistan on the conservation of tangible cultural heritage. Experts from China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan came to the capital of Uzbekistan to take part in the event. They discussed the current situation and adopted some appropriate measures to catalyze the activity of the expert group of the Central Asian countries and China in collaboration with the Secretariat of the Steering Committee (ICOMOS International conservation center in Xi'an).

Opening the meeting, the head of the UNESCO Office in Uzbekistan Jorge Espinal noted the importance of the meeting in light of the discussion of the overall structure of the serial nomination of World Heritage property of the Silk Road. He emphasized that as a part of the meeting the experts intended to study the course of implementation of the resolutions made at the Ashgabat meeting in May 2011 and a three-year action plan adopted at the meeting in Tashkent in September 2011.

Speaking about international cooperation, the participants agreed on the need to intensify it and strengthen. In this regard, the Japanese expert Kazuya Yamauchi pointed out the progress attained in supporting the standards of documentation and procedures for a serial transnational nomination of the Silk Road in Central Asia.

Co-chairmen of the Steering Committee for the Silk Road Abdusafihon Rakhmonov and Guo Jan presented the progress achieved in two transnational corridors: China-Kazakhstan-Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan-Uzbekistan-Turkmenistan. In this context, the experts noted the need to elaborate the trans-national corridors of the first phase of the process of nomination of the Silk Road sites for the World Heritage List, as well as to agree on the detailed work plan taking into account the deadline for submission - February 1, 2013.

Source: Uzbekistan Today

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