ICHCAP, with cooperation with the International Institute for Central Asian Studies (IICAS) and Korea-Central Asia Cooperation Forum Secretariat, co-hosted launching events on 28-29 October 2021 at Dongdaemun Design Plaza (DDP) in Seoul and online during Korean Foundation's “Public Diplomacy Week”.
On October 28, Silk Roads countries’ diplomatic missions (Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) participated in gracing the opening ceremony as founding members of the network. Following, under the theme of “Promoting a Culture of Peace and Facilitating Sustainable Development along the Silk Roads”, Living Heritage Forum was held to report case studies with experts from nine Member States: Azerbaijan, Iran, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkey and Uzbekistan. The Forum was moderated by Mr. Alexandros Makarigakis, representative of UNESCO.
After the public event, next day, the first meeting of the Coordinating Bureau, governing board of the network, was held in private online. The Coordinating Bureau, consisting of representatives from 9 countries and international organizations such as ICHCAP and IICAS, adopted the Statute of the Silk Roads Living Heritage Network and the membership list of Silk Roads ICH festivals. Representatives from Azerbaijan and ICHCAP were elected as Chair and Vice-Chair of the Coordinating Bureau, respectively.
The network launch that aims to strengthen the capacity to safeguard ICH and share ICH information along the Silk Roads is expected to foster sustainable development by raising international awareness. Network is open for membership of all countries, situated along historical Silk Roads.