Lifestyle • 29 November, 2019

UNESCO adds Al-Farabi and Shymkent city anniversaries to 2020-2021 program

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 The 40th General Conference of UNESCO, held in Paris from November 12 to 27, will be associated with the celebration of the 1150th anniversary of the birth of the scholar and philosopher Abu Nasr Farabi (Al-Farabi) and the 2200th anniversary of the foundation of the city of Shymkent, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs said. 

According to the collective decision of 193 member States of the organization, the UNESCO Secretariat was instructed to take part in the celebration of these anniversaries.

At the plenary session of the General conference, Ambassador of Kazakhstan to France and Permanent representative to UNESCO Jean Galiev thanked the member states for supporting Kazakhstan's proposals and invited them to participate in the events planned in our country and abroad in the framework of these anniversaries, as well as on the occasion of the 175th anniversary of the outstanding Kazakh poet and educator Abay Kunanbayuly.

It should be noted that applications for inclusion in the UNESCO calendar of commemorative dates should cover multiples of fifty anniversaries of important events, the birth or death of outstanding personalities, the celebration of which corresponds to the task of the Organization to bring peoples together through the promotion of their contribution to the development of world culture, science and education. The list of anniversaries approved by the 40th General Conference included 53 applications of member States, including a collective proposal of Turkic-speaking countries and Mongolia for UNESCO's participation in international events on the occasion of the 1300th anniversary of the bilge-Kagan and Tonyukuk memorial complex, containing the most important monuments of ancient Turkic writing.

Speaking at the General political debate of the General conference, Ambassador J.Galiyev also informed the high audience about the state policy pursued in Kazakhstan to ensure the progressive development of education, science and culture in our country and the relevant provisions of The President's Address "Constructive public dialogue – the basis of stability and prosperity of Kazakhstan".

The Ambassador stressed that Kazakhstan consistently participates in international cooperation in various fields of education, science, culture, telecommunications development, promotion of gender equality. In this regard, he informed the UNESCO General Conference about the provision of free education in higher and secondary special educational institutions of Kazakhstan for about 1000 representatives of talented youth of Afghanistan, including hundreds of girls who can get professions in demand in civilian life.

In addition, within the framework of the General conference, a forum of Ministers of culture was held, which was attended by more than 120 heads of relevant departments of UNESCO member states, including Minister of culture and sports of Kazakhstan Aktoty Raimkulova.

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