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National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO meets under chairmanship of First Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs Ruslan Demchenko
11 April 2013 18:52

The Head of the National Commission of Ukraine for UNESCO has focused his speech on UNESCO’s role in confronting new challenges. In this regard, he has also highlighted Ukraine’s possible contribution to developing and strengthening partnership traditions with this Organization. 

In addition, Ruslan Demchenko has marked the most perspective and important routes of Ukraine’s involvement into the Organization’s activities.

In the light of the tasks set by the President of Ukraine and oriented at ensuring proper protection of the national cultural heritage the main attention of the participants of the meeting was drawn to the state of conservation and preservation of the two Ukrainian cultural properties, namely, “Kiev: Saint-Sophia Cathedral and Related Monastic Buildings, Kiev-Pechersk Lavra” and “Lviv – the Ensemble of the Historic Centre” inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List:

The participants of the meeting have also discussed the role of Ukraine in implementing UNESCO tasks in the sphere of education. Prior attention was given to the “Education for All” global movement. There have also been discussed the prospects of widening Ukraine’s network of UNESCO Chairs and Associated Schools as well as improving these educational institutions’ activities. The topics on the agenda of the meeting also touched upon the ways of effective implementation of Ukraine’s scientific potential in deepening the country’s cooperation with the Organization, using Ukraine’s knowledge in information and communication spheres to realize UNESCO’s big programs main tasks, popularizing national intangible heritage, such as Petrykivka decorative art and Kosiv ceramics in the world, continuing good tradition of conducting International Children Festival “Let’s change the World for the Best” in Ukraine.

There has also taken place the ceremony of UNESCO Certificates’ handing during the meeting carried out by Ruslan Demchenko. He submitted two documents to the representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and National Academy of Sciences. The first Certificate confirmed the establishment of the “West Polesie” transboundary (Ukraine, Poland and Belarus) biosphere reserve, the second certified the inscription of the “The Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians” site to the World Heritage List. 

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