Central Asian Silk Road Sub-Regional Meeting: “Reinforcement of sub-regional management coordination and knowledge: Sustainable Tourism and development initiatives”

17 May 2017
Ancient city of Kostobe © UNESCO Almaty

The sub-regional Meeting will be held in Almaty, Kazakhstan on 24 May 2017, organized in the framework of the UNESCO Almaty Cluster Office programmes with the financial contribution from the UNESCO/Japanese Funds-in-Trust Project: ‘Support for Silk Roads World Heritage Sites in Central Asia (Phase II) and UNDP in Kazakhstan.

The Central Asian Sub-Regional Meeting on Sustainable Tourism along the Silk Roads will focus on three major goals:

• strengthening of coordination and improvement of collaboration among the relevant stakeholders in Central Asia;
• challenges and opportunities in tourism development on the Silk Roads;
• solutions and methods for future tourism development.

The Central Asian Republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Uzbekistan) are home to numerous cultural and historic sites that bear witness to the role of the Silk Roads as crossroads of civilizations. The Silk Roads Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination Project is a part of the numerous initiatives launched to reinforce dialogue and research exchange between the East and the West.

This year’s Almaty Meeting is especially relevant, since 2017 was designated International Year of Sustainable Tourism for Development. As the United Nations General Assembly noted, “the importance of international tourism in fostering better understanding among peoples everywhere, in leading to a greater awareness of the rich heritage of various civilizations and in bringing about a better appreciation of the inherent values of different cultures, thereby contributing to the strengthening of peace in the world”. In addition, the promotion of sustainability occurs in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals.

During this Central Asian Sub-Regional Meeting in Almaty, the complexity of site management and preservation of heritage will be emphasized, particularly with regard the extensively large stretch of the Silk Roads, and the participants will discuss ways to enhance site management in the region.

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