The solemn event is timed to the 25th anniversary of Kazakhstan's accession to UNESCO and the establishment of the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO affairs.
"Already now we can say with confidence that during such a short period of independence Kazakhstan has become a stable, dynamically developing state, leading an active foreign policy", A. Mukhamediuly said.
According to the Minister, over 25 years of cooperation Kazakhstan has advanced such global initiatives as the Year of Rapprochement of Cultures and the International Decade for Rapprochement of Cultures. Kazakhstan is an active participant in the activities of the working bodies of UNESCO - the Executive Board, the World Heritage Committee, the Intergovernmental Committee for the International Hydrological Program of UNESCO and a number of cultural and natural heritage sites of the country, elements of the intangible cultural heritage, and the biosphere reserves of Kazakhstan.
"Last year, the significant work was carried out for ISESCO. The main event in the framework of our cooperation was the holding of the Asian Intergovernmental Forum on Science, Technology and Innovation on 26-27 September 2016 in Astana, organized on the initiative of ISESCO with the support of the Mazhilis of the Parliament of Kazakhstan. As a result of the forum, the "Astana Declaration on Strengthening Inter-parliamentary Islamic Cooperation in the Sphere of Science, Technology and Innovation" was developed and adopted", A. Mukhamediuly noted.
In the plenary part of the meeting, the results of the work of the National Commission for 2016 were summed up, as well as the priority directions of its activities for 2017, reports of heads of relevant ministries and national committees under the National Commission of Kazakhstan for UNESCO and ISESCO.
The ceremonial part of the event ended with the ceremony of presenting the UNESCO certificates on the inclusion of 4 new elements of Kazakhstan in the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage.