The list of anniversaries celebrated in the framework of the UNESCO programme on anniversaries of great personalities and historic events


1994 – Centenary of the deciphering of the Orthon Gol and Yenisey inscriptions;

1996 – The 500th anniversary of the birth of Mahammad Fizuli;

2000 – The One thousand three hundredth anniversary of the epic Azerbaijani legend Kitab-I Dede Qorqud;

2001 – The eight hundredth anniversary of the birth of Nasiraddin Toosi;

2002 –The 200th anniversary of the birth of Mirza Kazem-Bey; 

2005 – The 100th anniversary of the birth of Yusif Mammadaliyev;

2006 – The 100th anniversary of the birth of Latif Kerimov, carpet-maker artist;

2008 – The 100th anniversary of “Leyli and Majnun”, opera by Azerbaijani composer Uzeyir Hajibayli;

2008 – The 100th anniversary of the birth of Mir Jalal Pashayev, writer;

2009 – The 100th anniversary of the birth of Sattar Bahlulzade, artist;

2009 – The 100th anniversary of Academician Musa Aliyev, geologist;

2013 – The 550th anniversary of the death of Seyid Yahya Bakuvi (Shirvani), philosopher and poet;

2013 – The 900th anniversary of achievements of Mahsati Ganjavi, poetess;

2013 – The 100th anniversary of the musical comedy Arshin Mal Alan of Uzeyir Hajibeyli;

2014 – The 100th anniversary of the birth of Ilyas Afandiyev, writer and playwright;

2014 – The 1100th anniversary of the death of Ahmad AI-Bardiji, philosopher and scholar;

2015 – The 200th anniversary of the German translation of Kitabi Dede Qorqud and its publication (co-organized with the national commissions for UNESCO and permanent missions of Azerbaijan, Turkey, Kazakhstan and Turkmenistan, and with the support of the International Turkic Academy).


During its 38th session held in 2015, the General Conference adopted a decision to celebrate three anniversaries in 2016-2017.


  1. The 600th anniversary of the death of Nasimi;
  2. The 300th anniversary of the birth of Molla Panah Vagif;
  3. The 200th anniversary of German settlements in the South Caucasus Region (migration of the Schwab Germans to Azerbaijan and Georgia).