On January 23, the First Regional Meeting of representatives of the UNESCO Club Movement of Central Asian Countries began its work in Almaty as part of the celebration of the 70th anniversary of UNESCO.
The event brought together more than 60 participants – representatives of UNESCO, the National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO of the Republic of Kazakhstan, UNESCO clubs of Central Asian countries, state authorities, international organizations, diplomatic and business circles, philosophers, scientists, creative figures, specialists and experts of UNESCO on ethics and intercultural communication, youth education and cultural heritage.
The meeting was opened by Bolat Akchulakov, President of the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs. In his welcoming speech, he expressed gratitude to the participants for their interest, support and participation in the event. Arystanbek Mukhamediuly, Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan, Chairman of the National Commission for UNESCO and ISESCO, thanked the Federation for developing the creative potential of young people, providing favorable conditions for intercultural dialogue, as well as strengthening and expanding fruitful cooperation with UNESCO and promoting its ideals among young people. Sergey Lazarev, Director of the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty, congratulated everyone on the 70th anniversary of UNESCO and expressed hope for the fruitful work of the meeting. Sanzhar Bokayev, Head of the Department of Internal Policy of Almaty, in his welcoming speech, noted the active cooperation with the UNESCO Federation of Clubs in the framework of a number of projects.
The key issues of the meeting were the support of the younger generation in the main areas of UNESCO’s activities, namely, quality education, cultural heritage, accessible communication and scientific research.
It was pleasant to note the active participation of young people in the meeting, which relies on renewable resources, such as education and cultural diversity in the development of the younger generation of Kazakhstan.
Within the framework of this meeting, an expanded Meeting of the Board of the UNESCO Federation of Clubs was also held, where 2 more clubs and 3 UNESCO candidate clubs were accepted into the federation; a memorandum of cooperation was signed within the framework of the UNESCO festival ” Children Draw the World. Central Asia”.
As mentioned above, during the meeting, a memorandum of cooperation was signed within the framework of the well-known UNESCO International Festival ” Children Draw the World. Central Asia”, between the project organizers in Kazakhstan and representatives of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan.
At the expanded Meeting of the Federation’s Management Board, the results of 2014 were summed up and the action plan for 2015 was approved. An important event of this year for the Kazakhstan National Federation of UNESCO Clubs, and for every young talented Kazakhstani, is the presentation of the UNESCO creative festival “Children in the Rhythm of the World”, anyone can take part in it, the members of the commission will visit every city of the country and select the best of the best.