Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Silk Roads Programme

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The 35th Anniversary of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme will be celebrated with a daylong series of events at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 6 April 2023, from 9:30 am to 8 pm (Paris time), Room II. The events will be co-organized by UNESCO and the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO of Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and the Sultanate of Oman.

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‘International Forum on Silk Roads, Diversity, Dialogue, and Peace’ - 9:30 to 12:45 

The celebration will start with an ‘International Forum on Silk Roads, Diversity, Dialogue, and Peace’ in the presence of high level representatives of the five co-organizing countries, renowned international experts and UNESCO representatives. It aims to identify and assess the achievements of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme in reinforcing intercultural dialogue and building a culture of peace over the last three decades. It also aims to define the Programme’s orientation and objectives to strengthen capacities for intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in the current global context.

Official presentation of the ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ photo contest and Silk Roads artifacts exhibitions- 12:45 to 13:00

The forum will be followed by an official presentation of the ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ photo contest alongside an exhibition of Silk Roads artifacts.

‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ exhibition will be displayed on the fences of the UNESCO Headquarters building in Paris, from March to June 2023, presenting 140 exceptional photographs from the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest.

Film screening session - 14:30 to 15:30

The celebration will be continued with a brief film screening session on the knowledge and scientific exchanges along the Silk Roads.  

Scientific Symposium on the ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’ - 15:30 to 18:00

Scientific Symposium on the ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’ will take place in the afternoon. The symposium will gather the young researchers and grantees of the first edition of the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant to present the results of their grant winning research. These presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the scientific panel of the grant. 

Concert - 18:30 to 20:00

The day’s events will conclude with a concert featuring performances from artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and China. 


The event will be livestreamed.

We look forward to welcoming you to the UNESCO Silk Roads' 35th Anniversary!


Detailed programme

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Practical Information

Date and time: Thursday 6 April 2023, from 9:30 am to 8 pm (Paris time)

Location: UNESCO Headquarters - Room II 
Entrance: 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris 
Metro: Line 10 Ségur-UNESCO, line 6 Cambronne, line 8 École Militaire 
Bus: 28, 87, 80, 82 
Vélib stations: 7018 (Ségur) or 7013 (Duroc)

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