MOSCOW, 8 December (BelTA) – An international forum took place in the Russian city of Kazan on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage. Consultations between representatives of ministries of foreign affairs took place on the sidelines of the forum. Participants of the consultations discussed interaction of the CIS member states within the framework of UNESCO, BelTA learned from the website of the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
According to the source, participants of the consultations held a moment of silence in honor of Vladimir Makei, the Belarusian minister of foreign affairs, chairman of the National Commission of the Republic of Belarus for UNESCO Affairs.
Participants of the consultations discussed a broad range of matters concerning cooperation of the CIS states within UNESCO, including various aspects of coordination of the work of national commissions on UNESCO affairs, the problem of politicization of the world humanitarian organization's agenda, interaction in the sphere of the world cultural and natural heritage, and prospects of establishing practical working contacts between the CIS and UNESCO. “Close attention was paid to educational programs, including chairs and associated schools of UNESCO, as well as to approaches with regard to an international program on the development of communications,” the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs noted.
The consultations were chaired by Russia. Taking part in the consultations were representatives, including executive secretaries of national commissions on UNESCO affairs, of Belarus, Armenia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and the CIS Executive Committee. A diplomat of the Embassy of Azerbaijan in Moscow attended the consultations as an observer.
It was decided to convene the next consultations on UNESCO affairs at premises of the CIS Executive Committee in Minsk in Q3 2023.