Turkmenistan Foreign Minister said the country's Draft Joint Action Plan for 2021 - 2023 with UNESCO has been developed.
According to ECO Cultural Institute quoting the State News Agency of Turkmenistan, Rashid Meredov, vice- Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan pointed to the meeting with the special representative of UN at UNESCO and informed the Head of the State about measures taken for development of cooperation with the UNESCO.
Meredov added: Presently, the UNESCO Secretariat has registered the request for the inclusion of the making and playing of dutar musical instrument as well as the art of bakhshy to the List of Intangible Cultural heritage.
He further continued that the cases are slated to be reviewed at the session of Intergovernmental Committee of the UNESCO for intangible cultural heritage in November 2021.
"At the same time, necessary measures have been taken for the nomination of Ashgabat in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network. The Network was established in 2004 and includes 180 cities, leading to the development of multilateral cooperation and exchange of experiences among the world cities. The respective documents will be presented to the UNESCO", he added.
Meredov then stated: "In order to continue cooperation between Turkmenistan and UNESCO, Draft Joint Action Plan for 2021 - 2023 has been prepared. We suggest that the Draft be forwarded to this organization and hold respective consultations with specialists in the second half of October."
Summing up the report, President Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedov highlighted that the country takes an integrated approach to implement UNESCO Sustainable Development Goals. The dynamic interaction of the country with UNESCO is clearly demonstrated in bilateral relations in areas of science, education, culture and protection of historical and architectural monuments.
The President then reiterated that the course being taken towards digitization, implementation of innovations in all spheres of society as well as active use of advanced information and communication technologies open good perspectives for expansion of traditional contacts and enrichment of their content.
Having approved the proposals presented, the Turkmen leader highlighted the significance of the promotion of world cultural and historical heritage in Turkmenistan and gave the Foreign Minister instructions for strengthening of cooperation with UNESCO.