Kazakhstan received the certificate of inclusion of ‘Western Tien Shan’ in the prestigious World Heritage List. Kazakhstan’s natural site’s joining this list intensified international cooperation of Kazakhstan in the field of biodiversity conservation and sustainable development. Kazakh Deputy Prime Minister stressed this during a meeting with the Director General of UNESCO Irina Bokova in France. Imangali Tasmaganbetov also expressed gratitude to the chief of the Organization for the support to Kazakhstan in the implementation of the proposals, put forward within the UNESCO and the UN mandate. In particular, he stressed Nursultan Nazarbayev’s initiative on the establishment of the International Centre for the Rapprochement of Cultures in Almaty, telling about the progress of the implementation of this idea. Also, the Deputy Prime Minister thanked the UNESCO chief for marking the ‘1000th anniversary of Almaty’ in Paris. Imangali Tasmagambetov noted that Kazakhstan highly appreciates the level of bilateral cooperation and fully supports the implementation of joint projects with the Organization.
Irina BOKOVA, UNESCO DIRECTOR GENERAL:
Kazakhstan is not just a dynamically developing country, but the country that plays an important role in intercultural and interreligious dialogue. We want to establish a Centre of Intercultural Dialogue under the auspices of the UNESCO. It was Kazakhstan’s initiative that the United Nations celebrated the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures, and then following Kazakhstan’s initiative, the UN General Assembly declared the decision to mark the 10th anniversary of Rapprochement of Cultures, and UNESCO is the leading agency that governs the activity.
In addition, during the meeting the parties reached an agreement on conservation of Kazakhstan’s eight monuments of the first Chang'an-Tianshan segment of the Silk Road in the World Heritage List of the UNESCO.
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