In his address to 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly in September, 2020, President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev put forward the initiative to hold in 2021 in Khiva International Cultural Forum “Central Asia at the crossroads of civilizations” in cooperation with UNESCO.
Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director General of UNESCO, welcomed this landmark initiative and reiterated the Organization’s readiness to arranging the event under the auspices of UNESCO
Throughout many decades UNESCO has been mobilizing substantial investments to study and promote Central Asian common history and cultural heritage, in particular in the framework of Silk Roads Programme. Some years ago within this project UNESCO published multivolume book “The History of Civilizations in Central Asia”. From this standpoint, the upcoming forum would be another good opportunity to dive into the fascinating Central Asian shared culture and universal legacy that has played an essential role in shaping civilizations in the region and beyond. In line with its history as a crossroads of civilizations and its current vitality this region can still play a role of dialogue and cooperation in current geopolitical tensions.
The chosen venue for the event is also very symbolic. Being one of the most ancient cities, Khiva has not only been the largest centre of enlightenment, education, science and culture but also served as the cradle of big empires spanning millennia. This city truly embodies the real power of culture and inspiration to unite the people even today. Because of its beauty and majesty Ichan Kala – inner city of the ancient oasis of Khiva was inscribed on the World Heritage List in far 1990.
We look forward to widely celebrating this important event in August 2021 and invite all not to miss it.