Teleconference Saint Petersburg – Kazan connected the participants of the 36th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee and its young colleagues

3 July 2012, within the framework of the 36th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee a teleconference was held in the Presidential Library between the members of the organization and its colleagues from the Youth model of the World Heritage Committee.

The Youth model of the Committee is a joint initiative of Russia and UNESCO, and it is organized in the capital of Tatarstan for the first time. On behalf of the Republic of Tatarstan, Kazan, the participants of the 36th Session of the World Heritage Committee were welcomed by the State Advisor to the Republic of Tatarstan, Mintimer Shaimiev. He noted that the world needs UNESCO - the organization that promotes the strengthening of international dialogue and understanding.

Mintimer Shaimiev expressed his hope that by uniting the efforts of various countries, representatives of different nationalities and religions, people of different ages and with different work experience, - we can achieve a lot. He stressed that those who gathered in Saint Petersburg and Kazan share a common goal - to preserve and promote the world heritage.

The young activists were greeted by the Chairperson of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Eleonora Mitrofanova. She said that the session is in operation, however one of the most tragic moments was the destruction of the temple complex of Timbuktu (Mali). Mausoleums of Mali were listed as UNESCO World Heritage in Danger, and the next day, these properties were destroyed by radical Islamists.

Life requires us to find a balance between maintaining cultural traditions and socio-economic progress, - said the Chairperson of the World Heritage Committee, Eleonora Mitrofanova. She stressed that the Youth model of the Committee is intended to provide the continuity of generations which is essential for achieving this goal.

During the video conference, welcomes on behalf of the Youth Forum representatives were made. They were able to directly address the issues of interest to the members of UNESCO assembled in the multimedia room of the Presidential Library.

In the second part of the evening a concert with the National Song and Dance Ensemble of the Republic of Tatarstan was held for the members of UNESCO in the hall of the Presidential Library.

The International Youth Forum in Kazan will continue until July 9. It is attended by undergraduate and graduate students from 21 countries - members of the Committee, specializing in the field of conservation of World Heritage sites. The meetings of the 36th Session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee in Saint Petersburg will be completed on July 6.

Photos from the event in high resolution are available in the Archive