On the second day of her first official visit to the Republic of Turkmenistan, the Director-General, Irina Bokova met jointly with Mr Sapardurdy Toyliyev, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Ministers in charge of Education, Science Tourism, and Chairman of the National Commission of Turkmenistan for UNESCO, and Ms Maysa Yazmukhamedova, Deputy Chairperson of the Council of Ministers in charge of Culture and Television.
The discussion focused on issues related to education and cultural heritage, with both sides pledging to explore new areas of cooperation. The Director-General recalled the need to protect the world heritage sites while developing sustainable and responsible tourism. She also encouraged Turkmenistan to become a party to the cultural conventions, notably the 1970 Convention related to the illicit trafficking in cultural goods and the 2005 Convention on respect for diversity of cultural expressions.
The Director-General encouraged the Turkmen authorities to engage further with UNESCO’s regional projects and initiatives related to cultural heritage such as serial and transnational World Heritage nomination of the Silk Roads and multinational nomination of Naoroz, which has been inscribed on the representative list of Intangible Cultural Heritage. She also pledged UNESCO’s support for national capacity building in these areas.
The Director-General also reiterated UNESCO`s readiness to cooperate with Turkmenistan in the areas of quality education, ICT in education, teacher training, the Man and the Biosphere programme, youth and sport.
During the meeting, Mr Sapardurdy Toyliyev and Ms Maysa Yazmukhamedova asked the Director-General to support the promotion of the tangible and intangible cultural heritage of their country.
On the same day, the Director-General visited the Parthian Fortress of Nisa, inscribed on the World Heritage List of UNESCO in 2007. During her visit, she was informed about the conservation measures undertaken on the site. She also visited the National Museum of Carpets and Ashgabat secondary school 130a.