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Culture as a catalyst of social change in Central Asia

Culture as a catalyst of social change in Central Asia

UNESCO participated in the Final Conference of the Horizon 2020 project “SEnECA – Strengthening and Energizing EU-Central Asia relations”, organized by the Trans European Policy Studies Association (TEPSA) and the Centre International de Formation Européene (CIFE).

UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office Director Krista Pikkat spoke at a session on “Culture as a catalyst of social change in Central Asia”. In her intervention, Ms Pikkat stressed the instrumental role that culture plays in fostering identity in the Central Asian region. “We need to look at the importance of intangible and tangible cultural heritage from two sides: its intrinsic value and the benefits it brings to the local communities”, she said, highlighting the enabling role of culture in advancing sustainable development, as it empowers local communities and promotes livelihoods.

We need to look at the importance of intangible and tangible cultural heritage from two sides: its intrinsic value and the benefits it brings to the local communities
Krista Pikkat, Director of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office

The conference “What Future for EU-Central Asia Relations?” gathered academics, government officials, practitioners and experts from Europe and Central Asia in order to discuss the future of EU-Central Asia relations. H. E. Peter Burian, the EU’s Special Representative for Central Asia was among the conference participants, as well as several ambassadors and representatives from the Central Asian countries.

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