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.
The XI Multaqa, “VALENCIA in the WESTERN SILK ROADS”, was organized in Valencia, Spain from 19th to 21st June, 2015 by the UNESCO Centre Valencia/Mediterráneo.
The First Meeting of the International Network for the Silk Road Online Platform: A new phase in UNESCO’s Silk Roads Initiative
This first meeting of the International Network for the Silk Road Online Platform was held from 22 to 25 May 2015 in Xi’an, China with the participation of focal points and experts from fifteen Member States (China, Egypt, France, India, Islamic Republic of Iran, Japan, Republic of Korea, Oman, Russian Federation, Senegal, Spain, Tajikistan, Turkey, Uzbekistan and the United Kingdom).