The importance of exchanges and dialogue among cultures for social cohesion ©UNESCO

UNESCO Culture Sector provide leadership in promoting cultural diversity and dialogue among peoples and take the intersectoral lead for contributing to the strengthening the contribution of culture to sustainable development.

The aim is 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.

Striving to accomplish all sectoral priorities Culture Sector covers different areas such as Cultural Diversity, World Heritage, Intangible Heritage, Movable Heritage and Museums etc.

The Culture Sector of the UNESCO office in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) was established in 1999. It is one of the most active sectors since Uzbekistan is rich in historical and modern tangible and intangible heritage. The activity of the Culture Sector has always been corresponded to the priority orientations of the Government of Uzbekistan in the field of study, preservation and revitalization of tangible and intangible culture of the country.

The authorities of Uzbekistan consider preservation and conservation of culture as one of the most important strategies of socio-economic and cultural development as well as the basis for forming a national identity and ideology of the Uzbek youth in the conditions of transition from the former socialist system to the open market economy when everything including the former communist ideology has been collapsed. That is the reason why the government pays much attention to revival of the history and traditional culture of the country by celebrating anniversaries of ancient cities, medieval scholars and by organizing international festivities of traditional music and handicraft.

Throughout its existence the Sector has carried out a lot projects devoted to study, preservation and promotion of material and spiritual culture of Uzbekistan. Among them are such a popular and successful projects as creation of a management and conservation plan for the Fayaztepa ancient Buddhist Temple near Termez city, study and preservation of a unique cultural landscape of the Baysun District with its folk traditions and diverse ethnic society, preservation of a Central Asian traditional music of Shashmaqam, conservation of an archaeological site of Ayaz-Kala in Karakalpakstan, capacity building and training of specialists in the field of museology, conservation of the Jewish House in the city of Bukhara, preservation of petroglyphs in the Sarmysh area and one of the on-going projects within this Sector is a creation of GIS-based Gazetteer of archaeological sites.

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