United Approach to Development

8 September 2011

UNESCO Meeting Highlights United Approach to Advancing Education, Culture and Sciences in Central Asian States.

More than 100 participants gathered in Astana, Republic of Kazakhstan 5-6 September for a regional meeting of UNESCO National Commissions in Central Asia. The meeting focused on how UNESCO and its partners can better coordinate their work on education, the sciences, culture and communication in Central Asia.

The two-day event was the first of its kind in the region, gathering the National Commission officials from Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

The regional meeting was organized by the National Commission for UNESCO in the Republic of Kazakhstan Nurgali Tasmagambetov, Head of the Kazakhstan National Commission and Mayor of Kazakhstans capital city presided. The Kazakhstan Minister of Foreign Affairs, Yerzhan Kazykhanov, welcomed participants, as did Olzhas Suleimenov, Permanent Ambassador of the Republic of Kazakhstan to UNESCO, Sergey Lazarev, Director of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, and Gulmira Isimbaeva, Parliamentary Deputy of the Republic of Kazakhstan Majilis and President of the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs. Turkmenistan was represented at the meeting by its ambassador to Kazakhstan, Mr. Magtymulu Akmyradov.

In addition to presentations by the National Commissions for UNESCO and UNESCO field offices in Almaty and Tashkent, the meeting featured an exhibit dedicated to the contributions of UNESCO clubs, associated schools and childrens artwork. Special attention during the conference was paid to the importance of Central Asias World Heritage Sites; member states agreed on the need to produce a greater number of nominations to promote the rich cultural and natural heritage of the region.

Participants drafted a set of recommendations reflecting the work of the meeting, including the need to hold conferences of the UNESCO National Commissions in Central Asia on a regular basis.

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