Cooperation in the field of culture

 

Two elements of Azerbaijan’s culture have been inscribed on the World Heritage List.

 

  1. “Walled City of Baku with the Shirvanshah’s Palace and Maiden Tower” was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 24th session held in Cairns, Australia on 27 November - 2 December 2000. These monuments damagedbyan earthquake were later inscribed on the List of World Heritage in Danger at the 27th session of the World Heritage Committee held on 4 July, 2003. Following relevant orders and decrees of the President of the Republic of Azerbaijan Mr. Ilham Aliyev, efforts to protect and preserve the Walled City and the surrounding historical and architectural monuments were intensified. A long-term strategy on architecture and historic preservation was adopted.Immediate andsuccessfulmeasures taken to protect and preserve the Walled City of Baku and the surrounding monuments made it possible to remove the Walled City of Baku and the surrounding monuments from the List of World Heritage in Danger and restore previous status of those historical monuments at  the World Heritage Committee’s 33rd session held in Seville, Spain, on 22-30 July, 2009.

     
  2. “Gobustan Rock Art Cultural Landscape” was inscribed on the World Heritage List at the World Heritage Committee’s 31st session held in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 23 June-2 July, 2007.

     

Note: On December 18-19, 2008, in Paris, both elements of cultural heritage of Azerbaijan were granted “enhanced protection” status at the 8th session of the Committee for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.

 

Cultural properties submitted on the Tentative List:

 

  1. Surakhany, Atashgah (1998)
  2. The mausoleum of Nakhichivan (1998)
  3. Hyrkan State Reservation (1998)
  4. “Binegadi” 4th Period Fauna and Flora Deposit (1998)
  5. “Lok-Batan” Mud Cone (1998)
  6. “Baku Stage” Mountain (1998)
  7. The Caspian Shore Defensive Constructions (2001)
  8. Shusha historical and architectural reserve (2001)
  9. Ordubad historical and architectural reserve (2001)
  10. Sheki, the Khan’s Palace (2001)

     

8 elements of intangible cultural heritage from Azerbaijan have been inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and one element has been entered to the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.

 

  1. Azerbaijani mugham”. On 7 November, 2003, UNESCO recognized mugham as a Masterpiece of Oral and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. In 2008, mugham was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

     
  2. “The Art of Azerbaijani Ashiq” was inscribed on the Representative List ofthe Intangible Cultural Heritage following a decision taken at the 4th session (September 28-October 2, 2009, in Abu Dhabi, UAE) of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. At the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2, 2016, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan joined the nomination.
     
  3. “Novruz” (2009) (jointly with India, Iran, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan and Turkey)was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage following a decision taken at the 4th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage held on September 28-October 2, 2009, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. At the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2, 2016, Afghanistan, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan joined the nomination.
     
  4. “Traditional art of Azerbaijani carpet weaving in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 5th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (15-19 November, 2010,  Nairobi, Kenya). 

     
  5. “Craftsmanship and performance art of the Tar, a long-necked string musical instrument” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 7th session of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (3-7 December, 2012, Paris, France). 

     
  6. “Chovqan, a traditional Karabakh horse-riding game in the Republic of Azerbaijan” was inscribed on the List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding at the 8thsession of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2-8 December, 2013,  Baku, Azerbaijan). 

     
  7. “Traditional art and symbolism of Kelaghayi, making and wearing women’s silk headscarves” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 9th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage( 24-28 November, 2014, Paris, France). 

     
  8. “Copper craftsmanship of Lahij” was inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the 10th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage ( 30 November-4 December, 2015,  Namibia).
     
  9. "Flatbread making and sharing culture: Lavash, Katyrma, Jupka, Yufka" was inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2016 as a multinational nomination (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey) at the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage which took place in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia, from November 28 to December 2, 2016.

 

UNESCO award recipients from Azerbaijan:
 

Alim Gasimov was awarded the International Music Council-UNESCO Music Prize in 1999.

 

Firanghiz Ali-zadeh was nominated UNESCO Artist for Peace in 2008.

 

Tahir Salahov was awarded UNESCO Gold medal of “Picasso” for his contributions to the world cultural heritage. The award was presented to him by UNESCO Director-General Koichiro Matsuura on March 19, 2009.