Kazakhstan’s cultural heritage discussed at internal forum in Ethiopia

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ADDIS ABABA. KAZINFORM – The Embassy of Kazakhstan, in collaboration with the UNESCO Office in Ethiopia and the Ethiopian National Commission for UNESCO, organized a forum on the theme “Cultural heritage for sustainable development”, Kazinform learned from from the press service of the Kazakh Foreign Ministry.

The event was held at the Ethnographic Museum of Addis Ababa University and was timed to celebrate the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan’s membership in UNESCO, the birthdays of famous cultural figures of Kazakhstan Akhmet Baitursynov, Roza Baglanova, Mukhtar Auezov.

The Forum brought together the State Minister of Culture and Tourism of Ethiopia Seleshi Girma, the Secretary General of the Ethiopian National Commission for UNESCO Bezavit Girma, the Director of the UNESCO Office in Ethiopia Yumiko Yokozeki , ambassadors of foreign states, representatives of analytical and educational institutions. from Ethiopia, students from Addis Ababa University.

In his speech, the Ambassador of Kazakhstan Barlybay Sadykov introduced the participants of the forum to the cultural heritage of Kazakhstan, the main results of the implementation of the state program “Rukhani Zhangyru”, the partnership programs of Kazakhstan with the UNESCO for the preservation and strengthening of tangible heritage and intangible cultural heritage of Kazakhstan.

Within the framework of the Forum, a photo exhibition was organized on the life and creative heritage of outstanding Kazakh personalities of culture and art A. Baitursynov, R. Baglanova, M. Auezov, told about their contribution to the development of Kazakh culture and art. Forum participants warmly talked about the cultural performances performed by embassy staff on the national instrument dombra and Kazakh folk dances.

During the Forum, participants discussed the contribution of Kazakhstan and Ethiopia, United Nations and UNESCO programs and funds, as well as regional organizations to the preservation and development of cultural heritage, the strengthening from intercultural and interreligious dialogue, to the promotion of respect for cultural diversity, mutual understanding at national, regional and global levels.

State Minister Girma noted that Kazakhstan is making a great contribution to the UN. According to him, “today Kazakhstan, promoting various global platforms, celebrates its 30th anniversary of UNESCO membership. This once again shows how attentive Kazakhstan is to the preservation of its cultural heritage. We appreciate how Kazakhstan fulfills its obligations to preserve cultural heritage, and we have a lot to learn from Kazakhstan.”

Expert in the field of preservation of urban and architectural heritage, Professor Fazil Georgis noted all that Kazakhstan has done for the rapprochement of cultures, for intercultural and interreligious dialogue. “It was a big surprise for me to learn that you are hosting a Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions and that a big event will take place in Kazakhstan this year. I am very happy because today the world most needs a dialogue between cultures and religions. And I was also impressed by the way Kazakhstan promotes its intangible heritage. I dream of visiting your beautiful country with beautiful canyons and lakes in the future. Kazakhstan is a country of great writers, musicians and politicians. Ethiopians should know more about Kazakhstan”, – said Professor Georgis.

At the end of the seminar, the participants confirmed the extremely important role of the preservation and development of cultural heritage for the socio-economic development of countries and regions, the achievement of the SDGs and the guarantee of a more stable and more safe. The forum was held during the last year of the United Nations International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures, the author of which in 2012 was Kazakhstan.

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