07.07.2017 - ODG

UNESCO Director-General celebrates cooperation with Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation

On 6 July, UNESCO Director-General, Irina Bokova, attended the inauguration of 2nd International Epic Forum held under the theme "Epics of the World's Nations on the Land of Olonkho", in Yakutsk, Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation.

Irina Bokova underscored the common fields of interest between the Republic of Sakha and UNESCO. She commended the depth of current cooperation, particularly in the fields of environmental preservation, protection of indigenous cultures, the development of information and communication technologies, and quality education. During her visit, 16 new projects were presented that require UNESCO’s support.

"We have a long history of partnership with Yakutia. I would like to thank the Head of the Republic of Sakha, Egor Borisov, the government and people of the land of Olonkho for their commitment to the fundamental values and goals of UNESCO. Our task is to make the most of this multifaceted cooperation and pave the way for a sustainable future. Broad prospects open for our cooperation," said Irina Bokova.

According to Egor Borisov, the humanitarian orientation is increasingly necessary due to the unstable situation in the world today. “It is important for Yakutia to develop not only the economy, but also culture,” he said. This principle is supported by UNESCO and the Russian Foreign Ministry.

The Republic of Sakha was the first in the country to establish cooperation with UNESCO in 1991. The Yakut epic Olonkho, inscribed on the UNESCO Intangible cultural heritage list, and the ‘Lena Pillars’ Natural Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site, are protected with the contribution of the Organization.

During her visit, the Director-General was honoured to receive the “Polar Star order”  – the highest distinction of the Republic of Sakha, handed to her by the Head of Republic of Sakha (Yakutia), Russian Federation, Egor Borisov.




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