UNESCO’s work in the field of culture strives to demonstrate the importance of exchanges and dialogue among cultures for social cohesion, reconciliation and the establishment of a culture of peace and protecting and enhancing cultural heritage in a sustainable manner.
The culture programme of the UNESCO Office inTashkent supports the national priorities to study, preserve, safeguard, revitalize and promote the rich tangible and intangible cultural heritage of Uzbekistan.
The Culture Unit has carried out a wide range of projects devoted to the study, preservation and promotion of the culture of Uzbekistan, such as the conservation of the remains of the Fayaztepa ancient Buddhist Temple near Termez, the study and preservation of a unique cultural space of the Boysun district with its folk traditions and diverse ethnic society, the safeguarding of the classic music of Shashmaqom, the conservation and promotion of an archaeological site of Ayaz-Kala in Karakalpakstan, capacity-building of museum specialists, the restoration of the Jewish House in the city of Bukhara and the preservation of the Sarmyshsay petroglyphs.
The aim of the culture programme in Uzbekistan is to demonstrate that in addition to the intrinsic value of cultural heritage, which necessitates its safeguarding and preservation for the generations to come, the tangible and intangible cultural heritage also plays an important role in sustainable development by means of providing income-generating opportunities and livelihoods, in paricular for women and the youth.
As such, the UNESCO Tashkent Office’s priorities in the field of culture are to ensure:
- Proper management of Uzbekistan’s World Heritage-listed sites (Samarkand, Shakhrisyabz, Bukhara and Itchan Kala).
- Safeguarding and promotion of the country’s intangible cultural heritage, including those elements in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (i.e. Katta Ashula, Askia, Shashmaqom, Navruz, Cultural space of Boysun district).
- Development of cultural tourism based on the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of the country.