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07/24/2023 | News release | Distributed by Public on 07/25/2023 00:59

Youth from 20 Countries of the World Discussed UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Almaty

On July 22-23, 2023, the Second International UNESCO Model on "World Heritage" took place at the UN building in Almaty. This significant event was held under the patronage of UNESCO and brought together 34 young delegates representing 20 countries, who showcased their unique skills and profound knowledge about World Heritage.

The main goal of the project was to enhance youth engagement in global dialogue and knowledge exchange on the key priorities of UNESCO programs.

The President of the Kazakhstan National Federation of Clubs for UNESCO Bolat Akchulakov, noted in his welcoming speech: "The Federation is always delighted to initiate such dialogue platforms in Kazakhstan to strengthen international cooperation among young people in the preservation and promotion of the world's natural and cultural heritage, which is one of the factors for achieving sustainable development and instilling the right values in future generations."

In turn, Acting Director of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office, Mr. Amir Pirich, emphasized the importance of preparing young heritage professionals at the national and regional levels. He noted that these specialists will support the efforts of Central Asian State-Parties in the management, protection, and promotion of World Heritage sites, as well as in preparing new nominations for the inclusion of these sites on the World Heritage List.

At the end of the first day's program, the following winners were determined in the categories:

  • Best Delegation: Hong Kong, represented by Americana Chen Sze Wa and Sky Man Chun Lee.
  • Best Presentation: Argentina, represented by Tengku Puteri An Nur Ateliea Hashamuddin Zaizi and Puteri Elisa Mysara Binti Husni from Malaysia.
  • Best Speakers: Azerbaijan, represented by Zarifa Ahmadzada, and Malaysia, represented by Alina Pannirselvam.

As part of the program on the second day, a cultural excursion was organized for the delegates. They visited one of the UNESCO World Heritage sites in Kazakhstan - the Petroglyphs of the Archaeological Landscape of Tanbaly.

This place holds special significance as it bears witness to the ancient history of humanity and cultural traditions. The trip provided a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the Bronze Age, observe astonishing rock drawings, and learn more about the cultural heritage of our country.

The Second International UNESCO Model "World Heritage" was organized by the Kazakhstan National Federation of Clubs for UNESCO with the support of the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO, as well as the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office.


Photos from the event.

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