the Silk Roads: Zaravshan – Karakum Corridor
For more than ten years the international community is implementing under the auspices of UNESCO a huge work for the nomination of the historical and cultural sites of the Great Silk Roads for the UNESCO World Heritage List. In 2014, as the result of this work, 33 sites from China, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan were included into this prestigious list. At the same time, another nomination dossier, including sites situated on the territory of Tajikistan and Uzbekistan, was sent for the revision by the World Heritage Committee on several occasions due to various reasons.
The new approach to the preparation of the nomination dossier of the Silk Road sites situated on the territory of the Penjikent-Samarkand-Merv Corridor was adopted during the fifth meeting of the Steering Committee for the Serial Transnational World Heritage Nomination of the Silk Roads, which took place on December 4-5, 2018 in Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) with the participation of UNESCO, 11 member-states of the Intergovernmental Steering Committee for the Silk Roads, 2 partner-states, the International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS), University College of London and IICAS. As the result of the meeting of the member-states of the Silk Roads Steering Committee, Turkmenistan officially joined the project, and IICAS was elected as the Secretariat of new nomination counting new three countries (Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan) and called “Silk Roads: Zaravshan – Karakum Corridor”.
The President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Miramonovich Mirzieev pointed out the need of urgent inclusion of the new sites, component of the Silk Roads, during his visit to the Navoi Region on March 12-13, 2019, and instructed to take actions for the inclusion of the historical components of the Zaravshan – Karakum Corridor into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
As the extension of the nominated corridor covers the territory of three states: Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, IICAS as the secretariat of the nomination is organizing the meeting of the representatives of the ministries of culture – authorized institutions for the cultural heritage and national experts on the tangible cultural heritage of the Silk Roads from three states in August 2019 in Istanbul for the harmonization of the list of components of the nomination and signing of the memorandum, which regulate the cooperation mechanisms between three member-states for the preparation of the nomination “Silk Roads: Zaravshan – Karakum Corridor” for the UNESCO World Cultural and Natural Heritage List.