On June 10, Tajik President Emomali Rahmon yesterday met here with UNESCO Director-General Mrs. Audrey Azulay on the sidelines of the Third International Conference on the International Decade of Action "Water for Sustainable Development, 2018-2028".

The Tajik president’s official website the parties discussed issues related to cooperation between Tajikistan and the United Nations and its institutions.

“Expansion of cooperation with UNESCO is one of priorities of Tajikistan’s foreign policy and we are satisfied with its current level and content,” Emomali Rahmon stated 

Satisfaction was reportedly expressed with the constant support of the Organization for the actions of Tajikistan in the fields of science and education, protection of tangible and intangible cultural heritage.  Shashmaqom and Falak, embroidery, atlas and adras weaving, Navrouz, Sada and Mehrgon holidays, many historical monuments are among the valuable material and spiritual heritage of Tajiks, which have gained world recognition.

In this context, the contribution and support of UNESCO in the preservation of the culture and traditions of our ancestors and their transmission to future generations was considered important.

It was emphasized at the meeting that our country is interested in further beneficial cooperation with UNESCO in the direction of preserving and preventing the disappearance of historical sites and national cultural treasures.  In this case, it was considered necessary to use the technological and technical capabilities of the Organization within the framework of the program "Capacity-building for the management of historical heritage".

The implementation of the UNESCO project, Reducing Vulnerabilities of Populations in the Central Asia Region from Glacial Lake Outburst Floods (GLOFs) in a Changing Climate, reportedly was one of the other topics of the meeting, where the parties exchanged views on its implementation.