From 26 to 28 October 2016, Valencia hosted an International Congress on the ‘History of the Silk Roads in Spain and Portugal’, organized by the Faculties of Geography and History of the University of Valencia, the Valencian Tourism Agency and the Department of Education, Research, Culture and Sport.
The International Silk Road Conference on “Nomadic Tourism and Sustainable Cities” was held in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia between the 13th and 15th October, 2016. The aim of the conference was to explore nomadic culture and tourism opportunities along the world’s renowned Silk Road, develop a new tourism brand product and raise awareness of the necessity to conserve and protect nomadic heritage.
An International Conference of the Silk Road was held from the 15 to 16 October in Mashhad, Iran. The conference was jointly organized by the Ferdowsi University of Mashhad, the Centre for International Research and Education of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS). Notably Mashhad, which was historically a significant centre along the Silk Roads, will also be an Islamic Cultural Capital city in 2017.
A symposium on the theme ‘A World of the Silks’, was held from the 2 to 25 September 2016 in Hangzhou, China to study the styles of silk handcraft in different regions of the world and shed light on the cultural and technological influences through sericulture and silk production.
During the 40th Session of the World Heritage Committee in Istanbul, Turkey in July 2016, “Archaeological Site of Ani” in Turkey was inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List as a relic historic city of the medieval period on one branch of the Silk Roads. Ani is a largely unexcavated medieval urban site located on a plateau at Turkey’s border with Armenia, which visually and physically integrates remarkably well-preserved monumental buildings, above numerous passages and caves that extent into the surrounding valleys.
The second meeting of the International Network for the Silk Roads Online Platform held from 8 to 12 June 2016 in Valencia, Spain brought together focal points and experts from twenty UNESCO Member States (Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, China, Egypt, Georgia, India, Iran, Japan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Oman, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Tajikistan, Thailand, Turkey and Uzbekistan).
ECO Cultural Institute (ECI) held a one-day seminar on Common Culture and History in ECO Region on 31 May 2016 in collaboration with Center for International Research and Education, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran.
International conference of "Intercultural dialogue and cooperation in Eurasia" in Ufa, the Republic of Bashkortostan
An International conference on "Intercultural dialogue and cooperation in Eurasia" was held in Ufa, Bashkortostan in Russian Federation on the 28th of May 2016 in the framework of the International Arts Festival of “Heart of Eurasia”.
A conference on the Eastern Silk Roads Story was organized in Gyeongju, the Republic of Korea, by UNESCO and in collaboration with the provincial government of the Gyeongsangbuk-do province and municipality of Gyeongju, from 1 to 2 December 2015. The conference was attended by scholars from the Republic of Korea, Japan, China and some other countries along the Silk Roads such as Iran and Kazakhstan, as well as representatives of the city of Gyeongju and Gyeongsangbuk-do province.