"It was a great honor for me on November 17, 2022, to inaugurate the Tree of Peace in Samarkand, Uzbekistan in front of the "Silk Road" at the International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage. I would like to express my gratitude to the Deputy Prime Minister and the Minister of tourism and Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, H.E Mr Aziz Abdul Chakimov, the UNESCO’s ADG of Education Mrs. Stefania Giannini, H.E the Uzbekistan's Ambassador to UNESCO, Mr Umid Shadiev and German State Secretary of Economic and Cooperation Mr Niels Annen.
I am tracing the Road to Peace by planting the Tree of Peace around the world in order to create a universal path of dialogue and tolerance, but also for Peace education.
The Tree of Peace in Samarkand is the 18th one around the world."
Hedva Ser, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador for Cultural Diplomacy