5 August 2016
The first scientific and methodological meeting of the Council of “The State Museum of "The Center for the Rapprochement of Cultures"” was held on 29, July,2016 with the participation of UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty.Members of the Council determined the strategic action plan of "The Center for the Rapprochement of Cultures", that is touching on the revival of spiritual and cultural belt of the Silk Way, to improve educational programs for intercultural and interreligious dialogue, raising awareness of the importance of preserving the cultural and social capital, development of the social transformation process and cooperation in order to strengthen the peace.
As it is known, UNESCO is the lead United Nations’ agency on youth affairs, social transformation and the development of intercultural and interreligious dialogue. In this context, the Council has also initiated the creation of the "International Association of Universities for the support of UNESCO's initiatives." Association activities will be an interactive platform for many aspects of the international cooperation on strengthening interethnic, interfaith, interconfessional relations and the development of the scientific and educational infrastructure, which will contribute to strengthening cooperation between different cultures.
The purpose of the Center is the identification, collection, acquisition, storage, study and promotion of the historical and cultural heritage, carrying out scientific and educational activities and applications, design, exploration and scientific research aimed at the preservation and use of the national heritage, including objects of people's cultural heritage of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Moreover, the work of the Center is also aimed at the preservation and promotion of cultural diversity and interreligious dialogue in the countries of Central Asia on the basis of the best practices, humanitarian aspects and the principles of sustainable cultural development, elaborated by UNESCO in the framework of the "International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures 2013 - 2022".
Today, in collaboration with the UNESCO Cluster Office in Almaty there is a work being done on the assignment to “The Center for Rapprochement of Cultures" of the “Category II Center under the auspices of UNESCO" status.