Celebration of the 35th anniversary of the Silk Roads Programme
The 35th Anniversary of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme will be celebrated with a daylong series of events at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris on 6 April 2023, from 9:30 am to 8 pm (Paris time), Room II.
The events will be co-organized by UNESCO and the Permanent Delegations to UNESCO of Azerbaijan, the People’s Republic of China, Republic of Kazakhstan, Mongolia, and Sultanate of Oman.
‘International Forum on Silk Roads, Diversity, Dialogue, and Peace’ - 9:30 to 12:45 - Room II
The celebration will start with an ‘International Forum on Silk Roads, Diversity, Dialogue, and Peace’ in the presence of high level representatives of the five co-organizing countries, renowned international experts and UNESCO representatives, including among others Peter Frankopan (United Kingdom), UNESCO Chair of the Silk Roads Studies, King’s College, Cambridge.
It aims to identify and assess the achievements of the UNESCO Silk Roads Programme in reinforcing intercultural dialogue and building a culture of peace over the last three decades. It also aims to define the Programme’s orientation and objectives to strengthen capacities for intercultural dialogue and cultural diversity in the current global context.
Official presentation of the ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ photo contest and Silk Roads artifacts exhibitions- 12:45 to 13:00
The forum will be followed by an official presentation of the ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ photo contest alongside an exhibition of Silk Roads artifacts.
A ‘Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads’ exhibition will be displayed on the fences of the UNESCO Headquarters building in Paris, from March to June 2023, presenting 140 exceptional photographs from the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads photo contest.
Film screening session - 14:30 to 15:30 - Room II
The celebration will be continued with a brief film screening session on the knowledge and scientific exchanges along the Silk Roads.
Scientific Symposium on the ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’ - 15:30 to 18:00 - Room II
A Scientific Symposium on the ‘Silk Roads Youth Research Grant’ will take place in the afternoon. The symposium will gather the young researchers and grantees of the first edition of the UNESCO Silk Roads Youth Research Grant to present the results of their grant winning research. These presentations will be followed by a roundtable discussion of the scientific panel of the grant.
Concert - 18:30 to 20:00 - Room I
The day’s events will conclude with a concert featuring performances from artists from Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, and China.
The event will be livestreamed.
We look forward to welcoming you to the UNESCO Silk Roads 35th Anniversary!
Date and time: Thursday 6 April 2023, from 9:30 am to 8 pm (Paris time)
Location: UNESCO Headquarters - Room II
Entrance: 125, avenue de Suffren, 75007 Paris
Metro: Line 10 Ségur-UNESCO, line 6 Cambronne, line 8 École Militaire
Bus: 28, 87, 80, 82
Vélib stations: 7018 (Ségur) or 7013 (Duroc)
More on the Silk Roads Programme
The UNESCO Silk Roads Programme was first launched in 1998 with the ‘Integral Study of the Silk Roads, the Roads of Dialogue (1988-1997,)’ an initiative which highlighted the cultural interactions between the peoples of East and West through scientific expeditions, field studies, conferences, and cultural performances along the Silk Roads. Since launching its second phase in 2012, the Programme has focused on three key areas:, developing, mobilising, and disseminating knowledge, building partnerships and networking, and empowering youth. Through major initiatives such as the Youth Eyes on the Silk Roads international photography competition, the Thematic Collection of Cultural Exchanges along the Silk Roads, and the Silk Roads Youth Research Grant, today the Programme traces the exchanges and mutual influences which occurred along the Silk Roads, seeking a deeper perspective on the development and social transformations of our modern pluralistic societies with a view to reinforce inclusion and peace.