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SA nations preparing strategy to nominate Silk Road on Heritage list

  

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Silk Roads are an interconnected web of routes between the East and West that reflect the interchange between societies and cultural interactions.

KATHMANDU: Cultural experts from Bhutan, China, India and Nepal are coming together in Kathmandu for a workshop that will prepare the first South Asian Silk Roads Transnational World Heritage Nomination.

Issuing a press statement, UNESCO Kathmandu Office said delegates from three South Asian nations and China will attend the Nomination strategy for the South Asian Silk Roads workshop that will begin tomorrow in the Capital.

Silk Roads are an interconnected web of routes between the East and West that reflect the interchange between societies and cultural interactions, according to UNESCO. The ideas, values and knowledge spread over time through this network and the technological progress resulting from these interchanges contributed significantly to the development and flourishing of many of the world’s great civilisations.

The UNESCO World Heritage Centre in Paris and the UNESCO Office in Kathmandu are organising the event in collaboration with the Department of Archaeology, Ministry of Culture, Tourism and Civil Aviation of Nepal.

The workshop will aim at reviewing the state of research on the potential heritage routes of the participating countries and deciding on a joint nomination strategy of the South Asian Silk Roads.

In addition to national delegates, international experts, UNESCO representatives and about 60 participants from Nepal will discuss a potential Serial and Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads heritage routes.

“This meeting will also have the opportunity to share the experience of the first inscribed Silk Roads World Heritage: Initial Section of the Silk Roads, the Routes network of Chang’an - Tian-shan Corridor, jointly prepared by China, Kazakhstan, and Kyrgyzstan and inscribed in June this year,” read the statement.

Within the framework of the Global Strategy for a Representative and Balanced World Heritage List adopted by the World Heritage Committee, China and the Central Asian countries of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan have already been working with UNESCO on this issue since 2006, according to UNESCO.

The workshop will also decide on inviting representatives from Bangladesh and Pakistan, to join the preparation process of a joint South Asian Silk Roads World Heritage Nomination.

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