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Kazakhstan and UNESCO reinforce cooperation
Central Asia | culture | 11:29, 17 April 2015 | 1685

AKIPRESS.COM - 16.04.15StSecretaryUNESCO1_654_438_95 Secretary of State of the Republic of Kazakhstan Gulshara Abdykalikova arrived in France on a working visit on April 15 to meet with UNESCO  Director General Irina Bokova.

During the conversation the sides noted the high level of cooperation between UNESCO and Kazakhstan, as well as Kazakhstan’s commitment to the noble goals and principles of UNESCO, reports the press service of Kazakh foreign ministry. 

The International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures 2013-2022 under the auspices of UNESCO, initiated by Kazakhstan, has been considered as an effective contribution to the promotion of harmony among cultures, civilizations and peoples with the aim of ensuring a world of stability, security and progress.

During the conversation with Mrs. Bokova, the Secretary of State outlined measures taken by the Government of Kazakhstan for the development of education, science and culture, as well as for ensuring gender equality. Moreover, the UNESCO Director General was acquainted with the basic provisions of the state-of-the-nation address of President of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev “Nurly Zhol - Path to the Future”, as well as with the activities of the Assembly of People of Kazakhstan.

Mrs. Bokova highly appreciated the support of the leadership of Kazakhstan by funding numerous programs, as well as the country’s active participation in the activities of UNESCO.

The UNESCO Director General highlighted the role of Kazakhstan in further promoting the ideas of the International Decade of the Rapprochement of Cultures, and she also stressed the importance of the Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions in the global agenda. She confirmed she plans to attend the upcoming congress in Astana in June 2015.

Earlier, the art of performance of dombra kyi and manufacturing skills of the Kazakh and Kyrgyz yurts were included on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in November 2014. Moreover, the Mausoleum of Khoja Ahmed Yassawi, petroglyphs of the archaeological landscape of Tamgaly, the Silk Road and Sary-Arka, steppes and lakes of Northern Kazakhstan and the World Network of Biosphere Reserves (Korgalzhyn, Alakol, Akzhayik and Katon Karagai) have also been added to this list.

In the framework of the visit to Paris, Mrs. Abdykalikova held a meeting with the Director - General of the French educational agency Campus France Antoine Grassen, President of the Association of universities Sorbonne Paris Cité Jean-Yves Mérindol and with the public figure, who initiated the establishment of the University Sorbonne-Kazakhstan, Marek Halter.

Taking into account the agreements reached at the highest level during the visit of French President François Hollande in Kazakhstan in December 2014, the parties discussed in detail the current situation and prospects for inter-university cooperation, which is one of the priorities of the Kazakh-French strategic partnership.

Particularly, issues of the University Sorbonne-Kazakhstan, which is the first French university in Central Asia, were discussed, and the parties agreed to organize this year the next Inter-University Forum in Paris or in Astana with the participation of the heads of leading universities of the two countries.

On the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the publication of the first book by Korkyt Ata, as well as the 70th anniversary of UNESCO, the International Turkic Academy in collaboration with the Permanent Missions of Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkey and Turkmenistan to UNESCO organized a commemorative event. Representatives of the Secretariat of the Organization and French society, the diplomatic corps, the Kazakh Diaspora, as well as official delegations, scientists, cultural and art figures of Turkic-speaking countries attended this event. As part of the event, the Symphony Orchestra of the Kazakh National University of Arts presented famous works of Korkyt.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, the Secretary of State noted that the image of Korkyt is considered as a golden bridge for cultural and spiritual traditions of the Turkic people throughout Eurasia. She also added that “The Book of Korkyt ata” is not only the heritage of Turkic peoples, but also the wealth of all mankind.”

The Secretary of State of Kazakhstan expressed gratitude to UNESCO for assistance in holding the event at such a high level, and noted that UNESCO is the link between the cultures of the world.

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