6 November 2018
On 5 and 6 November 2018, UNESCO, in partnership with the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS), organized an international conference on “Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran – Common Heritage along the Silk Roads and corridors to and from Europe”.
The aim of the EU/UNESCO project in Afghanistan, Central Asia and Iran is to: (i) strengthen capacities for safeguarding tangible and intangible cultural heritage, (ii) raise awareness and promote the common cultural heritage along the Silk Roads, and (iii) use the heritage as a foundation platform for sustainable development, including through the development of sustainable heritage-based tourism.
The project promote the exchanges of good practices along the Silk Roads to promote common understanding about the Silk Roads heritage as a bridge between the East and the West, such as through the promotion of networking among the national museums, the identification of themes for official travel routes for the Silk Roads Heritage Corridors under one brand name, improved cooperation among the local authorities, heritage managers and tourism specialists.
Bringing together scholars, historians and experts, as well as representatives of the national museums and international organizations, the international conference in Samarkand set the stage for the EU/UNESCO project by contributing to the reflection on the common heritage along the Silk Roads and identifying the themes/thematic paths for the regional travelling exhibit to be developed in the framework of the project in cooperation with the national museums of the participating countries.