On March 23, 2023, within the Days of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly in India, the UNESCO Cluster Office in New Delhi hosted international round tables on the topics “Problems of preservation and management of cultural and natural heritage sites in modern conditions” and “Training and support for young professionals in shaping the perspectives of the international educational space”.
The Round Tables on culture and education were attended by experts from different countries: Benin, Italy, Egypt, Guinea, India, Jordan, Russia, Syria, Lebanon, Iraq, Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria.
The Round Table "Problems of preservation and management of cultural and natural heritage sites in modern conditions" discussed innovative approaches to the preservation of the world cultural heritage, tools used to promote the world heritage.
The Round Table “Training and support for young professionals in shaping the perspectives of the international educational space” touched upon such topics as encouraging the use of best practices in youth participation, international student exchanges and internships, and the availability of educational programs for advanced training.
The Round Tables were moderated by Yulia Petrova, Deputy Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly. The Secretary General of the Eurasian Peoples' Assembly Andrey Belyaninov and the representative of the UNESCO Cluster Office in New Delhi Shruti Sharma delivered opening speeches.
In his speech, Secretary General Andrei Belyaninov thanked the representatives of the UNESCO Office, who provided a platform for holding Round Tables and showed attention to the discussion of topical issues on the international agenda. For her part, Shruti Sharma spoke about the main activities of the Cluster Office, about projects and events in culture and education.
The Co-Chair of the General Council of the Eurasian Peoples’ Assembly, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador Alexandra Ochirova made a closing speech. She drew attention to the key role of culture and education, and emphasized that meanings are the most stable thing that has been developed by mankind, the most stable thing that exists in a person. When meanings collapsed, human personalities collapsed from within - entire civilizations collapsed then. The people who created masterpieces understood why, how and what meanings they put into them. It was important for them the next generations - their children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren - understand, remember and preserve the rich heritage and knowledge.
The participants of the Round Tables discussed promising areas of cooperation and expressed hope for the creation of a sustainable system of partnerships in the long term.