On October 23–24, Ufa hosted the 4th Eurasian Humanitarian Forum held under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.
Since 2016, the Forum has taken place annually in the Republic of Bashkortostan. Traditionally, the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Bashkortostan, the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Bashkortostan, and the Committee of the Republic of Bashkortostan for UNESCO have organized the event. In 2019, the Bashkir State Pedagogical University named after Miftahetdin Akmulla served as co-organizer as well. The opening ceremony was held on October 23 in the Toratau Congress Hall in Ufa. It was attended by the Deputy Chairman of the State Assembly of the Republic of Bashkortostan Elvira Aitkulova, who welcomed the participants on behalf of the Head of the Republic of Bashkortostan Rustem Khamitov. The UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, and member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Alexandra Ochirova, Rector of the Bashkir State Pedagogical University Salavat Sagitov, Supreme Mufti and Chairman of the Central Spiritual Board of Muslims of Russia Talgat Tajuddin, and various forum guests from different regions of Russia and abroad delivered speeches at the plenary session as well.
On October 24, a round table devoted to education in the context of the UN and UNESCO’s program on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals was held under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.
The discussion brought together representatives of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO, the National Commission of the Republic of Moldova for UNESCO, Turkish National Commission for UNESCO, and the National Commission of the Kyrgyz Republic for UNESCO, as well as heads and staff of UNESCO Chairs, UNESCO Associated Schools and UNESCO Clubs of the Russian Federation.
As part of the Forum’s official events, a meeting took place between the Secretary-General of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO Grigory Ordzhonikidze and the First Deputy Prime Minister of the Government of the Republic of Bashkortostan Andrey Nazarov. In the course of the negotiations, UNESCO projects and programs being implemented in Bashkortostan were discussed. These included the issues of the Republic’s geoparks, Yangan-Tau and Toratau, and their further promotion to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network. Furthermore, the matter of organizing a number of other events in Bashkortostan was also raised. Among these are the 6th CIOFF World Folkloriada under the auspices of UNESCO in 2020, and the international seminar for the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network program participants in the territory of Yangan-Tau Geopark on November 25–29, 2019. The possibility of hosting the International Conference on UNESCO Global Geoparks in 2022 was also considered.
The Bashkortostan Republic press service for the UNESCO Affairs