Great Prospects for a Small Village

On November 29, 2019, a regular meeting of the Coordinating Committee of UNESCO Chairs was held in Vyatskoye village, the first inductee into the Association of the Most Beautiful Villages in Russia.

The members of the Coordinating Committee, made up of the heads of leading Russian universities, gathered in Vyatka. The guests reviewed new applications for the establishment of UNESCO departments, and also discussed current issues faced by the “Twin Universities” Network iof Russia.

Grigory Ordzhonikidze, Secretary-General of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, and ambassador-at-large of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, opened the meeting, which was held in Paris. He spoke about the results of the 40th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO. In addition, he announced that on November 25, a decision had been made to include Vyatskoye Village in the preliminary UNESCO World Heritage List. Mr Ordzhonikidze handed the letter notifying this significant event to Mr Oleg Zharov, the founder of the Historical and Cultural Complex (HCC) Vyatskoye.

“The inclusion of this unique settlement in the UNESCO World Heritage List would help to preserve and popularize it, and also open up new opportunities for development,” said Mr Ordzhonikidze. 

The Committee also considered the possibility of including Vyatka High School in the UNESCO Associated Schools Network (ASPnet). Through UNESCO projects, students study the culture and nature of their native land, and also delve into the fields of environmental protection and ecology. All of this helps foster the conditions necessary for the development of the creative and scientific potential of the students and teachers of educational institutions that are a part of ASPnet.

Kira Kraynova, Assistant to the General Director of Vyatskoye HCC