Vestnik of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. April 2020

Dear readers, dear friends!

This year’s first issue of the Vestnik of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO is published in challenging times for humanity. The outbreak of Coronavirus is claiming thousands of lives all over the world. The Russian Federation stands in solidarity with all the people who are fighting this global catastrophe and extends its condolences to those who have lost their relatives and friends.

Now as never before, it is important to consolidate unity and understanding among people, which is the core goal and mandate of our Organization. Culture, science, education, and sports give us a chance to be a community free from political, ideological, or other separation. Enhanced international cooperation is the only key to address the current crisis.

The Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO continues its work to promote and strengthen the Organization’s ideals. The new issue of our Magazine will report on these activities. We will remind you about the works of the distinguished Russian writers such as Anton Chekhov and Boris Pasternak, whose anniversaries are being celebrated this year. We will also acquaint the readers with the tangible and intangible heritage of Russia, including the ancient town of Gorokhovets and Torzhok gold embroidery, and share the story of the musical symbol of our country — the Russian balalaika. We will continue telling about the World Heritage sites of our partners — this time we will talk about the outstanding Belarusian and Polish Białowieża Forest National Park.

Enjoy your reading! We wish you good health!

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  1. Javier Pérez de Cuéllar and His Paths Towards Peace
    In memory of former UN Secretary-General
  2. International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements
    2019 was proclaimed the year of Mendeleev’s Periodic Table
  3. Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia Turns 60
    RUDN University celebrated its anniversary
  4. Prospects for Cooperation
    Minister of Education Sergey Kravtsov met with UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education Stefania Giannini
  5. Artificial Intelligence is Under Control
    Russia takes part in elaboration of international regulatory tools on the use of artificial intelligence
  6. Wind and Heritage
    Green energy near UNESCO sites
  7. Cities with Centuries of History
  8. Where Gardeners Meet Military Commanders
    History of the Novokuznetskaya Metro station
  9. Memorial Regatta
  10. Golden Thread from Kremlin to Vatican
    History of gold embroidery in Torzhok
  11. What’s Written in Wax
    Pysanka, one of oldest ways to decorate Easter eggs
  12. Hen for the Empress
    Unique masterpieces of jewellery by Carl Faberge
  13. Hidden under a Mountain
    Ancient town of Gorokhovets is in the UNESCO World Heritage Tentative List
  14. Ancestral Voices Calling
    Białowieża Forest, Natural World Heritage Site
  15. The Manuscript with History
    Archangel Gospel is included in the UNESCO Memory of the World Register for the protection of documentary heritage
  16. Literary Mosaic by Korney Chukovsky
    50th anniversary of the famous children’s writer’s death
  17. Music Symbol of Russia
    Russian balalaika
  18. The Painter of Life
    160th anniversary of the birth of Anton Chekhov
  19. The Legend of the Golden Age of Science Fiction
    Isaac Asimov’s Century
  20. Rosental’s Rules
    Ditmar Rosenthal and his Russian lessons
  21. The Great Literary Weed
    130th anniversary of the birth of Boris Pasternak
  22. Photographers of Broad Views
    AirPano captures the world from a bird’s eye view
  23. Scientist, Keeper, Teacher
    In memory of Natalia Potapova
  24. The Kiwi: Not Only a Fruit
    Curious names of the world’s peoples
  25. UNESCO Sites on Stamps and Coins