Silk Road Networking Declaration
Webinar on “Life, Environment, and ICH along the Silk Roads” and online strategic meeting on “Silk Road ICH Networking” was held on 18-19 November 2020. Both online events were organized jointly by ICHCAP and IICAS, with support of the KF Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat and in partnership with 22 organizations, representing 10 Member States and international/regional agencies such as UNESCO, CIOFF, EAFF, Turksoy, International Turkic Culture and Heritage Foundation, International Turkic Academy (TWESCO). Online meetings were organized to align with the objectives of the 2003 Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage and International Decade for Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022) as well as to make practical contribution to the ongoing Silk Roads Online Platform of UNESCO. More than 300 participants attended online conference and had an opportunity: (1) to examine case studies throughout the Silk Roads region to gain a better understanding of the previous and current situations as well as the status of networks along the Silk Roads, (2) to share diverse networking mechanisms available for a Silk Roads cooperative network, (3) to learn various approaches to activate ICH for sustainability and build a framework atmosphere for a culture of peace along the Silk Roads. At the end of the online strategic meeting participants adopted the Declaration which invites all cooperative partners to organize an official launching of the Silk Roads ICH Network in 2021.