Sergei Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs Russian Federation

 

 S.Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs, President of the Commission of the Russian Federation  to UNESCO

 

 

 Cooperation between the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug and UNESCO

 

Size of a big European country, the Khanty-Mansiysk Autonomous Okrug is one of the most authentic constituent entities of the Russian Federation where people of different nationalities and confessions have been living peacefully over the centuries. Many generations have formed a huge part of the rich cultural heritage of our country in its territory. Today, its museums provide a visual representation of the history of development of this part of Siberia, its nature and evolution since ancient times, traditions and skills of the indigenous peoples, material and spiritual monuments of many epochs. Khanty-Mansiysk is also gaining popularity as a film festival center that draws attention of talented cinema art masters.

It is difficult to overestimate the contribution of Ugra – one of the most economically developed and investment friendly regions that is also the main oil and gas producing areas of Russia – to the development of national economy. Foreign economic and international ties of the Okrug are being constantly expanded. The European Union countries, the USA and China are among its main partners.

Ugra is a treasure of wildlife that includes taiga, circumpolar tundra of the High North, waterways and thousands of creeks and lakes.

The unique features of the Okrug predetermine the fields of its multifaceted partnership with UNESCO which is of particular importance for the preservation and multiplying of the rich cultural and historical heritage of the area.

The branch of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO has been operating in the region for 7 years already. The programmes "Education for all" and "Lifelong Education", as well as various Organization's projects are being successfully implemented. The UNESCO Chair established at the Ugra State University in 2008 makes a useful contribution to an integrated understanding of complex processes related to global climate changes. In September 2015, Ugra will host the Forum of the World Bank’s Global Gas Flaring Reduction Partnership. The activities in the framework of the UNESCO Associated Schools Project Network unite people of the same age from Ugra, other Russian regions and foreign states.

I am convinced that the enhanced partnership between Ugra and UNESCO will further promote the prosperity of this wonderful region of Russia.