Conference on "UNESCO conventions' role in preserving cultural values and aspects of improving their application"
An international conference on "UNESCO conventions' role in preserving cultural values and aspects of improving their application" has been co-organized by Azerbaijan National Commission for UNESCO, ICOMOS Azerbaijan National Committee, ICOM Azerbaijan National Committee, and the Institute for Development and Diplomacy on December 6-9, 2022.
ADA University's Vice-rector and Institute for Development and Diplomacy's Director Fariz Ismailzade expressed his gratitude to the conference participants from France, Israel, Pakistan, Romania, Russia, Slovenia, Turkiye, and Ukraine, who have recently visited Aghdam and Fuzuli.
As part of their visit to Azerbaijan's liberated territories, international experts witnessed the consequences of vandalism and got acquainted with the reconstruction works carried out by the Azerbaijani state. As part of the visit, the delegation and cultural heritage experts viewed the Imarat complex, the Alley of Martyrs, the ruins of the Aghdam Dramatic Theater, Juma Mosque, Shahbulagh Castle, and the Giyasli Mosque in Aghdam. The delegation also visited places near minefields, cemeteries, and religious monuments in the liberated part of the Fizuli region, as well as the airport in Fizuli. At the same time, they got acquainted with the traces of ecological terror in these regions.
Speaking at the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Ali Ahmadov emphasized that Azerbaijan is a member of a total of 14 UNESCO Conventions, including the 1954 Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict and the 1972 World Heritage Convention, which are of great importance for the protection of cultural resources. The deputy prime minister emphasized that Azerbaijan remains committed to the obligations arising from these conventions.
The scientific conference was followed by panel sessions. At the end of the conference, a package of relevant recommendations and proposals will be prepared and presented to UNESCO.