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Participation at the session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage

The representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated at the 8th session of the General Assembly of the States Parties to the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, which was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, from September 8 to 10, 2020. The session was dedicated to the consideration of a number of important issues in the domain of this Convention, including the adoption of the Declaration on support to Lebanon. The Republic of Serbia attaches great importance to this Convention and so far has inscribed three elements on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Slava - celebration of family saint patron’s day, traditional folk dance „Kolo“ and singing to the accompaniment of the Gusle).

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Participation in a virtual meeting on support for Lebanon after the tragic explosion in Beirut


On 4th September 2020, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated in a virtual meeting organized by the Director -General of UNESCO, in cooperation with the Permanent Delegation of Lebanon to UNESCO, to present UNESCO’s activities in the context of the tragic explosion in Beirut exactly one month ago. On this occasion, the Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, among other things, once again expressed condolences and solidarity with the families of the victims and the friendly people of Lebanon. She commended prompt reaction and active involvement of the Director-General and UNESCO to support the sustainable reconstruction and recovery of cultural heritage and cultural life in the Lebanese capital, including the launch of the International Action Plan for Culture and a fundraising appeal to rehabilitate schools, historic buildings, museums and creative economy.


Proclamation of "Djerdap" as the first UNESCO Global Geopark in Serbia

At its just concluded 209th session, the Executive Board of UNESCO endorsed the proclamation of "Djerdap" as a UNESCO Global Geopark, in accordance with the decision of the UNESCO Global Geoparks Council from the meeting held in Lombok (Indonesia), from 31st August to 2nd September 2019. "Djerdap" is the first UNESCO Global Geopark in the Republic of Serbia. Its proclamation and acceptance to the UNESCO Global Geoparks Network is a recognition and encouragement for the protection, preservation and promotion of diverse natural and cultural heritage of this area.


Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO in the plenary debate of the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated in the plenary debate of the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, which was held on 2nd and 3rd July 2020. On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, spoke.
In her speech, emphasizing Serbia's commitment to multilateralism and international cooperation, as well as to the mandate and values of UNESCO, she referred to the role of UNESCO in today's world, especially in the context of the crisis caused by the Covid-19 pandemic. She also spoke about other concrete issues on the agenda of UNESCO, including the strategic transformation of the Organization, education, engagement of UNESCO in the context of its Global Priority Africa, etc.

Statement of the Republic of Serbia in the plenary debate of the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Board


Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the special session of the UNESCO Executive Board

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated on 8th and 9th June 2020 at the special session of the UNESCO Executive Board, which was held for the first time in a virtual format. The session was dedicated to the activities of UNESCO in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic and the methods of work of the Executive Board in these conditions.  


Permanent Delegation of Serbia to UNESCO joins Group of Friends of Solidarity and Inclusion with Global Citizenship Education

The Group of Friends of Solidarity and Inclusion with Global Citizenship Education -Covid-19 and Beyond was established in UNESCO, at the level of permanent delegations at the initiative of the Republic of Korea. The aim of the Group is to reflect about and exchange the most efficient responses to challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, namely the stigmatization and discrimination.
The Permanent Delegation of Serbia to UNESCO is among eleven delegations to join the Group of Friends.


Special message of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić on the occasion of 25 May, Africa Day and Day of Friendship of the Republic of Serbia with the Peoples of Africa

On 25th May 2020 the Africa Day is marked in UNESCO. On the same day, the Republic of Serbia celebrates the Day of Friendship with the Peoples of Africa. On that occasion, the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Ivica Dačić sent a special message to the Ministers of Foreign Affairs of African countries, which the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO distributed to the permanent delegations of these countries. The special message states: "On the occasion of Africa Day, I take this opportunity to extend to you my most cordial greetings and congratulations. I am glad that this day is duly observed this year too, including in UNESCO, despite the ongoing crisis amid the global Covid-19 pandemic.
The Republic of Serbia strongly supports the activities carried out by UNESCO in African countries and its Priority Africa programme. In this context, we were very pleased to adopt a decision this year on the provision of financial support to the UNESCO Africa Week event, while maintaining our readiness for its realization as soon as the situation allowed that the event be held. 
Africa Day coincides with the Day of Friendship with the Peoples of Africa, included by 2017 decision of the Government of the Republic of Serbia in the calendar of the most important days in the year in our country, marked every 25 May. To us, this day is above all a symbol of sincere desire to work dedicatedly to build and foster relations with Africa, on the basis of our traditional friendship dating as far back as the time of the SFR Yugoslavia.
The Republic of Serbia is firmly committed to the development of comprehensive cooperation with African countries, and the marking of the Day of Friendship with the Peoples of Africa has given additional impetus to expanding our relations with new content, in the context of which a special place certainly belongs to the fields of culture, education and other scopes within the responsibility of UNESCO. In this context, I would like to point out in particular the programme of scholarships for youth from African countries allowing them to study at universities in Serbia, which has been in progress for years now.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration and of the fact that the Republic of Serbia has always been and will always be a true friend and partner of Africa, for cooperation in all fields, including those falling within the responsibility of UNESCO."


VIRTUAL TOURS THROUGH CULTURAL CONTENTS


Meeting for EU candidate countries

Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, attended on 10th March 2020, a meeting organized by the Head of the Delegation of the European Union to UNESCO Mr. Didier Lenoir for EU candidate countries. The meeting was organized in the context of the preparations for the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Board.

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Celebration of the International Mother Language Day in UNESCO

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO also participated in this year's event in UNESCO, organized by the Permanent Delegation of Bangladesh, to mark the International Mother Language Day (21 February). We participated in a language exhibition in the form of presentation of posters with Cyrillic letters and inscription. The local cultural and artistic association "Izvor" from Paris sang several traditional songs in Serbian language as part of a segment dedicated to cultural performance. In addition, we participated in a food festival, with national gastronomic specialties and rakija (national drink).

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Opening of the exhibition "Celebrating the International Mother Language Day in Serbia - The case of Kovačica village"

The opening of the exhibition "Celebrating the International Mother Language Day in Serbia - The case of Kovačica village" was held at UNESCO on 18th February 2020. The exhibition is under the high patronage of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia H. E. Mr. Ivica Dačić, Minister of Foreign and European Affairs of Slovakia and the Chairman of the Slovak National Commission for UNESCO H. E. Mr. Miroslav Lajčak, as well as the President of the Serbian National Commission for UNESCO Mr. Goran Milašinović.
The opening of the exhibition was attended by a large number of representatives of permanent delegations of UNESCO Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat. Permanent delegates of Serbia and Slovakia to UNESCO Ms. Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili and Mr. Igor Grexa spoke at the opening of the exhibition, as well as the UNESCO Deputy Director-General Mr. Xing Qu.  Mr. Pavel Babka also addressed the guests on behalf of the Foundation Babka Kovačica as the organizer of the exhibition. The exhibition will be open until 21st February 2020.

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Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions

The delegation of the Republic of Serbia, led by Vuk Vukićević, PhD, Director of the Center for Studies in Cultural Development, which also included representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, participated in the 13th  session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions. This session was held at the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, from 11 to 14 February 2020. The participation in this session has also been used for talks with representatives of the UNESCO Secretariat regarding further improvement of cooperation between the Republic of Serbia and UNESCO in this area.


Reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia

On 13th February 2020, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO and the Embassy of the Republic of Serbia in France organized a reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia.The reception was attended by numerous representatives of the Permanent Delegations of UNESCO Member States and the UNESCO Secretariat, including the Deputy Director-General of UNESCO Mr. Xing Qu, the President of the General Conference of UNESCO Mr. Altay Cengizer and the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy.

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International Day of Women and Girls in Science

On the occasion of the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, an event dedicated to the issue of the gender gap in science was held in UNESCO HQ on 11 February 2020. Participants at the event were the representatives of UNESCO’s scientific network, including Ms Dragana Ilić, Associate Professor at the Faculty of Mathematics, University of Belgrade, Fellow of the L’Oreal-UNESCO For Women in Science Serbia Programme.  

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Signing the nomination dossier for the extension of the serial World Heritage site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”

In UNESCO, on 24 January 2020, the Permanent Delegation of Switzerland to this organization, organized a ceremony for signing the nomination dossier for the extension of the serial site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”, inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List. Representatives of the Republic of Serbia, Switzerland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, France, Italy, North Macedonia, Montenegro, Poland, Slovakia and the Czech Republic have signed nomination dossier. On behalf of the Republic of Serbia, the Permanent Delegate to UNESCO, Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili has signed the dossier resulting from the intensive work of the competent ministries and institutions.  

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International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust

On the occasion of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust, a ceremony was held in the UNESCO Headquarters on 22 January 2020. The Permanent Delegation of Serbia attended the said event. 

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Meeting with the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO

Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, met the Chairperson of the UNESCO Executive Board Mr. Agapito Mba Mokuy. Views were exchanged regarding further activities of this body of which the Republic of Serbia is a member until 2023.


Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 208th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

Following the re-election of the Republic of Serbia to membership of the UNESCO Executive Board for a new four-year term, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated in the 208th session of the Executive Board held on 29th November 2019. On this occasion, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia, Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili has been elected as a Chair of the Executive Board Committee on Non-Governmental Partners, and therefore a member of the Executive Board Bureau. 


Participation of Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Šarčević at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference

Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development of Serbia, Mr Mladen Šarčević, was in Paris from 12 to 15 November 2019 in the framework of 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference. As a member of the delegation of the President of Serbia, Minister Šarčević attended a high-level panel of the heads of states and governments with youth leaders from around the world “Youth Perspectives on Multilateralism”. Minister Šarčević also participated at the high-level meeting on inclusion and mobility in higher education which was attended by more than 100 ministers in charge of education. He spoke about the mobility in higher education in Serbia. During his stay in Paris, minister Šarčević met with the Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for education Ms Stefania Giannini whom he informed about the reforms in the educational system in Serbia. Minister Šarčević also met with ministers of education from Uganda and Greece and discussed prospects of further developing cooperation in the area of education. 


Participation of the Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference

From 18 until 20 November 2019, Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic, with the delegation, attended the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris. Minister Vukosavljević participated in the UNESCO Forum of Ministers of Culture on 19 November 2019. This is the first time such an event has been organized in UNESCO after 21 years, with the participation of more than 120 ministers from countries all around the world. Minister Vukosavljevic made a presentation as part of the panel "Culture at the heart of education, a fundamental dimension for human development and innovation" and has numerous meetings with colleagues from other countries and UNESCO representatives. He spoke with the Director of the World Heritage Center Ms. Mechtild Rössler and reiterated concerns about the state of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija. He also met Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe, based in Venice, Anna Liuza Thompson – Flores and, among others, Ministers of Culture of Albania and Northern Macedonia. In addition, he held a meeting with Ministers of Culture of Slovenia, Croatia and Montenegro and the Director-General for Culture and Art of Austria, with the presence of the Director of the UNESCO Regional Bureau for Science and Culture in Europe and other representatives of the UNESCO Secretariat dedicated to the renovation of Pavilion 17 (the so-called "Yugoslav Pavilion") at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Poland. He also attended a high-level lunch hosted by UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Culture Mr. Ernesto Ottone, at which UNESCO's work in the field of culture in emergency situations was presented, with the participation of States that had received support from the Heritage Emergency Fund in the previous period. Minister Vukosavljevic also gave an interview for UNESCO social networks.

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Re - election of the Republic of Serbia to the membership of the UNESCO Executive Board

The Republic of Serbia, with 155 votes of UNESCO Member States, has been re - elected as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board for the term 2019-2023, at the elections held on 20th November 2019, during the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference.

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Visit of the President of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO

President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Aleksandar Vucic delivered a statement in the plenary debate of the 40th session of the UNESCO General Conference on 13th November 2019. During his visit to UNESCO, President Vucic also met the UNESCO Director-General Ms. Audrey Azoulay with whom he discussed further strengthening the cooperation of the Republic of Serbia with this Organization.

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Emir Kusturica's lecture and concert in UNESCO and the visit of the Minister of Culture and Media H.E. Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic

The celebrated Serbian director and musician Emir Kusturica and his "No Smoking Orchestra" held a spectacular concert on 22nd October 2019, at UNESCO headquarters in Paris, attended by numerous representatives of the UNESCO Permanent Delegations and the UNESCO Secretariat, as well as other invitees. The concert was preceded by a lecture by Emir Kusturica on the cultural diversity, which was also addressed by the Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Vladan Vukosavljević. Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Permanent Delegate of Serbia to UNESCO, announced the concert as a unique trip through Serbia's rich and diverse intangible cultural heritage. Assistant Director-General of UNESCO for culture Mr. Ernesto Ottone Ramírez also spoke at the beginning of the concert. Minister Vukosavljevic and Emir Kusturica also met with UNESCO Director-General Ms. Audrey Azoulay, as well as with her assistant for culture Mr. Ottone Ramírez.

 

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Exhibition on the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia

Deputy Permanent Delegate of Serbia to UNESCO Ms. Danijela Cubrilo opened on 21 October 2019 an exhibition at the Cultural Center of Serbia in Paris dedicated to the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia, which is listed in the National Register, as well as to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (kolo, slava and singing accompanied by gusle). The exhibition is organized by the Center for the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Serbia at the Ethnographic Museum in Belgrade.

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Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

The Permanent Delegation of Serbia to UNESCO participated at the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, held from 9 to 23 October 2019. Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili attended the meetings of the Bureau of the Executive Board, as a Vice - President of this body on behalf of the Electoral Group II. In addition to the participation in the plenary debate, the representatives of the Permanent Delegation of Serbia also delivered statements on many other important topics on the agenda of the session, such as the International Fund for the Promotion of Culture, Participation Programme and Emergency Assistance, Comprehensive Partnership Strategy, Human Resources Management Strategy for 2017 - 2022, report on the measures to ensure equitable geographical distribution at all levels, the Executive Board’s Preparatory Group and its working methods, and the Draft Programme and Budget (40 C/5). They also addressed the issues of the reform of the UN system, artificial intelligence, the Sustainable Development Goal 4 - Education 2030 and the prevention of violent extremism.

 Statement of the Republic of Serbia in the plenary debate of the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

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Meeting of the Preparatory Group of the Executive Board

The representatives of the Permanent Delegation of Serbia to UNESCO participated at the meeting of the Preparatory Group of the Executive Board, on 24 and 25 September 2019. At the Preparatory Group meeting, representatives of the Permanent Delegation addressed the topics of UNESCO's strategic transformation, evaluation of UNESCO's Internal Oversight Service, Draft Programme and Budget (40 C/5) and a consolidated roadmap for a possible UNESCO recommendation on open science.

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Participation at the traditional working lunch of Ambassadors of Member States and Candidate Countries for membership in the European Union with Director-General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay

Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, participated at the traditional working lunch of Ambassadors of Member States and Candidate Countries for membership in the European Union with Ms. Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO. The lunch was organized in the framework of Finnish EU Presidency by the Permanent Delegate of Finland to OECD and UNESCO, Ambassador Tuomas Tapi. On this occasion, UNESCO's activities and initiatives of importance to the EU were discussed, in particular in the fields of education, human rights, climate change and biodiversity, as well as technological development (above all the segment of ethical principles of artificial intelligence). During the meeting, the Director-General also referred to her visit to Serbia (12-13 September) and her presence at the ministerial panel of the expert meeting on media and information literacy.

 


Visit of the Director-General of Unesco Ms Audray Azoulay to the Republic of Serbia

The Director-General of Unesco Ms Audray Azoulay, visited Serbia on 12 and 13 September 2019. in what is the first official visit the UNESCO Director-General to Serbia. Together with the First Vice Prime-Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of Serbia H.E. Mr Ivica Dačić, Director-General opened the ministerial panel within the international consultative meeting about updating UNESCO’s model curriculum on media and information literacy (MIL). 
During her stay in Serbia, Ms Azoulay met with the President of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr Aleksandar Vučić and Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Ms Ana Brnabić. Director-General visited also “Mihajlo Petrović – Alas” high school which developed a special programme for students excelling in information technology, an exhibition about the First World War in the Historical Museum of Serbia, as well as the Museum of the National Film Archives of Serbia.

 

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Candidature of the Republic of Serbia for re-election to the Executive Board of UNESCO


Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the World Heritage Committee

The Delegation of the Republic of Serbia participated at the 43rd Session of the World Heritage Committee held in Baku (Azerbaijan) from 30th June 30 to 10th July 2019. The delegation, which included representatives of the Republic Institute for the Protection of Cultural Monuments, the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia and the Archaeological Institute, was led by the Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO H.E. ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili. There are five properties inscribed to the World Heritage List on the territory of the Republic of Serbia: Stari Ras and Sopocani (1979), Studenica Monastery (1986), Medieval Monuments in Kosovo and Metohia – Decani Monastery (2004), Patriarchate of Pec, Gracanica Monastery and the Church of Our Lady of Ljevis (2006), Gamzigrad-Felix Romuliana (2007) and Stecci – Medieval Tombstones (2016). Medieval monuments in Kosovo and Metohija are also included on the List of World Heritage in Danger.

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Participation at the G7 France-UNESCO international conference

Representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO attended the G7 France-UNESCO International conference "Innovating for girls’ and women's empowerment through education", held on 5th July 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters. The President of the French Republic H. E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron concluded this conference.

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Participation at the conference within the framework of the UNESCO-led project "Revive the Spirit of Mosul"

Representative of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated at the international conference organized on 26 June 2019 by UNESCO, the United Nations University and the National Estate of Chambord (France), at the château Chambord, within the framework of the UNESCO-led project "Revive the Spirit of Mosul" dedicated to the reconstruction and safeguarding heritage of this Iraqi city.

 


Cocktail reception on the completion of the chairmanship of the Republic of Serbia of the Electoral Group II (Eastern European Countries)


The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO organized a cocktail reception on 25th June 2019, on the occasion of the completion of the six-month chairmanship of the Republic of Serbia of the Electoral Group II (Eastern European Countries), which brings together 25 UNESCO Member States. The cocktail reception was attended by the representatives of the Member States of the Electoral Group II and chairpersons of other electoral groups in UNESCO. It was also used for the presentation of photographs, videos and other promotional materials about Serbia.

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Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the meeting of the International Co-ordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme

The delegation of the Republic of Serbia consisted of the Director of the Institute for Nature Conservation of Serbia Mr. Aleksandar Dragišić and the representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated, as an observer, at the 31st session of the International Co-ordinatig Council of the UNESCO Program "Man and Biosphere" held at UNESCO Headquarters, 17-21 June 2019. So far, at the territory of the Republic of Serbia "Golija - Studenica" (2001) and "Bačko Podunavlje" (2017) have been inscribed into the World Network of Biosphere Reserves.

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Meeting of electoral groups in UNESCO

In the context of the Presidency of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO of the Electoral Group II (Eastern European Countries), during the first six months of 2019, a joint meeting of UNESCO electoral groups on the improvement of cooperation and exchange of the information on the candidatures for UNESCO bodies was held on 14th June 2019. 

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Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 Convention)

The Delegation of the Republic of Serbia, led by Vuk Vukićević, PhD, Director of the Center for Studies in Cultural Development, participated at the 7th Conference of the Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, held in Paris, from 4 until 7 June 2019. On the first day of the session, the Republic of Serbia was elected as a Vice-Chairperson of the Conference. During the general debate, the commitment of our country to the implementation of the 2005 Convention was highlighted, as well as concrete measures and activities of the competent institutions of the Republic of Serbia that were carried out in that context.

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African Week in UNESCO

Representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO attended various activities organized within the African Week at the UNESCO Headquarters from 20th until 24th May 2019.

 

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Special message of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić on the occasion of 25 May, Day of Friendship of the Republic of Serbia with the Peoples of Africa

First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Ivica Dačić, sent a special message on the occasion of 25th May, celebrated in the Republic of Serbia as the Day of Friendship with African Peoples.
In the message, that the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO distributed to the delegations of African countries in UNESCO, it is said:

“We in Serbia have been for a long time jointly celebrating Africa Day which our friends from Africa celebrate as their own holiday. So, in 2017, the Government of the Republic of Serbia formally decided to include 25th of May, in the calendar of most important dates in our country as the Day of Friendship with African Peoples. To us, that day symbolizes primarily our sincere wish to foster and painstakingly build our relations with Africa which we have been linked to by decades-long traditional friendship dating back to the times of the former Socialist Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.
The relations between Serbia and African countries have been based on solid foundations of togetherness, mutual understanding and support, cooperation and solidarity. These relations are not just about the past that we are extremely proud of, but about a promising future as well.
The Republic of Serbia is strongly committed to the development of comprehensive cooperation with African countries and within the limits of its possibilities it is dedicated to the further strengthening of political and economic ties as well as those in the fields of culture, education and other segments falling within the purview of UNESCO.
Designating 25th of May as the Day of Friendship with the Peoples of Africa is a symbolic way of reaffirming this commitment. At the same time, it represents an additional impetus to enriching our relations with a new content where a prominent place is undoubtedly assigned to UNESCO activities. In that context, along with the engagement in the field of humanitarian and development activities in Africa, we shall continue to grant scholarships to African students attending Serbian universities. It will be an honor for us to host those young people representing an important bridge between our cultures and true Ambassadors of Serbian-African friendship.
The Republic of Serbia is heartened by any progress made by the African continent and we support the efforts of African countries to meet strategic African goals including ensuring a peaceful and safe future, eradication of poverty and disease, preservation and strengthening of cultural identity, common heritage and values as well as the continent's political, economic and cultural unity with a view to creating a united and powerful Africa as a global factor and partner. This is the place that Africa and its peoples, we deeply believe, undoubtedly deserve.
In Serbia, Africa has always had and will have a friend and partner for cooperation in the interest of well-being and prosperity for all of us. In that spirit, please accept, Your Excellencies, the assurances of my highest consideration.”
 


Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention

Mr. Vladimir Davidovic, Assistant Minister of Justice of the Republic of Serbia, participated at the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property that took place on 20 and 21 May 2019 at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris. Mr. Davidovic also participated at the Seventh Session of the Subsidiary Committee of the Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention, on 22 and 23 May 2019.

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Participation of the delegation of the Republic of Serbia at the UNESCO International Water Conference, 13-14th May 2019

Delegation of the Republic of Serbia, led by Ms. Natasa Milic, Acting Director of the Republic Directorate for Water of the Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Water Management of the Republic of Serbia, participated at the UNESCO International Water Conference held on 13-14th May 2019.

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Delegation of UNESCO met the President of the Republic of France H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron

On 19 April 2019, the Delegation of UNESCO met H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron, the President of the Republic of France, in order to present him the Statement by the Executive Board of UNESCO following the tragic fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral in Paris, France. Director-General Ms. Audrey Azoulay, President of the Executive Board of UNESCO H.E Mr. Lee Byong-hyun and the President of the General Conference of UNESCO H.E. Ms. Zohour Alaoui headed delegation, accompanied by several ambassadors representing Member States of UNESCO. Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, attended this meeting as a Vice-Chair of the Executive Board of UNESCO. 


Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 206th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participates at the 206th session of UNESCO Executive Board, which takes place from 3 until 17 April 2019.

 

Statement of the Republic of Serbia in the plenary debate of the 206th session of the UNESCO Executive Board

 

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Presentation of the Letter of Credentials of Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili

Her Excellency Ms. Tamara RASTOVAC-SIAMASHVILI has presented to Ms. Audrey AZOULAY, Director-General of UNESCO, the Letter of Credentials accrediting her as Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, on 28th March 2019.

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Performance of the national ensemble "Kolo" in UNESCO

The joint performance of the Academy of traditional Greek dances "Parthenon" and the national ensemble "Kolo" from Serbia was held in UNESCO on 23 March 2019.  The performance was opened with short statements by the representatives of the Permanent Delegations of Greece and the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, Ms. Maria Corantis and Ms. Danijela Cubrilo, who emphasized the traditional friendship between the two countries and two peoples, that has been confirmed on many occasions in the most difficult historical circumstances. Dances and songs from different parts of Greece and Serbia were presented and two ensembles performed several dances jointly.

 

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Evening of Gastronomy in UNESCO

On the occasion of the International Day of Francophonie, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated in the event "Evening of Gastronomy", organized by the Group of Francophonie in Unesco, with the presentation of the Serbian national cuisine. Director-General of UNESCO, Ms. Audrey Azoulay and Secretary-General of the International Organization of Francophonie, Ms. Lousie Mushikiwabo welcomed participants at this event. 

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Participation at UNESCO Global Conference "Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Humanistic Approach?".

Representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated on March 4, 2019 at UNESCO Global Conference entitled "Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Humanistic Approach?".

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Presentation of Serbian cuisine

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO organized a presentation of Serbian national cuisine in its premises on February 25, 2019. The video material of the Tourist Organization of Serbia "Soulfood Serbia" was presented, and the participants could try some of the specialties of Serbian national cuisine prepared by the members of our Permanent Delegation to UNESCO.

 

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International Mother Language Day in UNESCO

Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO took part in this year's celebration of the International Mother Language Day (21st February) in UNESCO. The participation was realized through presentation of publications in Serbian language about the world heritage of Serbia (elements that were inscribed to the UNESCO World Heritage List based on the proposals of the Republic of Serbia) and Isidora Sekulić's work, as well as through the participation in the festival of the national food prepared by the members of the Permanent Delegation. Also, representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia participated in the presentation of the national culture by reciting the poetry of Jovan Ducic in Serbian and French.

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Presentation of the Serbian traditional music

A presentation of the Serbian traditional music, focusing on music from Kosovo and Metohija, was held in the premises of the Permanent Delegation of Serbia to UNESCO on 21 February 2019. With comments and explanations provided by our young musicologist and music critic, Vojin Jagličić, the event was an occasion for attending diplomats to learn more about this important part of our cultural heritage.
In cooperation with the National Dance Ensemble “Kolo”, the event featured their video performance of the song “Bilbil pile, ne poj rano”, specifically prepared for this occasion. In the video, “Kolo” announced their joint performance with the Greek Dance Academy “Partenon”, to be held in UNESCO on 23 March 2019. 

 

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Reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia

On February 14th, a reception was held in the residence of the ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to France on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia. The reception was attended by representatives of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO, as well as ambassadors and other representatives of permanent delegations of UNESCO member states and the Secretariat. The Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia, February 15th, was marked in the UNESCO by raising the flag of the Republic of Serbia in the Headquarters of the Organization. 

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Presentation of “Slava” as the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia

The presentation of “Slava”, inscribed on the List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity in 2014, has been held in the premises of the Permanent Delegation of Serbia to Unesco, on 31 January 2019. For this occasion, members of our delegation prepared and presented traditional festive table, as an important element in celebration of the family saint patron’s day. In an interactive debate enabled by the video-link with Ms Danijela Filipovic from the Centre for intangible cultural heritage of Serbia, invitees were able to familiarize themselves with “Slava” as an example of vivid, intangible cultural heritage, which had been internationally recognized by the inscription on the UNESCO’s Representative List. 

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Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO chairs UNESCO Electoral Group II (Eastern European States)

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO assumed the Presidency of the UNESCO Electoral Group II (Eastern European States) for the six months period from 1 January until 30 June 2019. Electoral Group II encompasses 25 UNESCO Member States. 

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Presentation of the elements inscribed to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

On 13 December 2018, the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO organized in its premises a presentation of video materials on the elements inscribed by the Republic of Serbia to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity (Slava - celebration of family saint patron’s day, traditional folk dance „Kolo“ as well as singing to the accompaniment of the Gusle).

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„Singing to the accompaniment of the Gusle“ inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity

Тhe Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage аt its 13th session that takes place in Port Louis, Republic of Mauritius, from 26 November to 1 December 2018, decided to inscribe „Singing to the accompaniment of the Gusle“, nominated by the Republic of Serbia, on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity. 

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Documentary “Serbs on the Corfu – one hundred years since Albanian Golgotha”

The Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO organized for the representatives of Permanent Delegations and UNESCO staff screening of a documentary “Serbs on the Corfu – one hundred years since Albanian Golgotha” on 22 November 2018. 

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Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 205th Session of the Executive Board

Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO participated at the 205th session of UNESCO Executive Board which took place from 3 until 17 October 2018. The Republic of Serbia is a member of the UNESCO Executive Board in the period from 2015 until 2019. 

 

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Кosovo and Мetohija - Тhe request to become a member of the UNESCO (2015)

Letter of Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia Mr Aleksandar Vučić to UNESCO Member States - download here.

Official document of the UN Security Council containing the letter of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Mr Ivica Dačić  to the President of the UN Security Council - download here.

Statement of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to the UNESCO Mr. Darko Tanasković in the general debate of the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, 13 October 2015 - download here.

Address by H.E. Mr. Tomislav Nikolic, President of the Republic of Serbia, to the ambassadors accredited in Belgrade following Albania's proposal concerning the admission of so-called Kosovo to UNESCO, Belgrade, 16 October 2015 - download here

Statement of the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO H. E. Mr. Darko Tanasković on the adoption of the decision regarding the Item 43 at the Plenary Meeting of the 197th session of the UNESCO Executive Board, 21 October 2015 - download here

STATEMENT by the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia H.E. Mr. Ivica Dacic in the general debate at the 38th session of the General Conference of UNESCO, Paris, 4 November 2015

Non-paper containing arguments of the Republic of Serbia on "Kosovo's" ineligibility for membership in UNESCO - download here

Extracts from the international documents regarding the destruction of the Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija - download here.

International documents on the situation of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija - download here.

MAP of Serbian Cultural and Religious Heritage in the Province of Kosovo and Metohija


Please check the detailed map of Serbian Cultural and Religious Heritage in the southern Province of Kosovo and Metohija, with 1,996 monuments and sites (churches, monasteries, graveyards, fortified cities, citadels, castles, chapels, mausoleums) registered throughout the territory.


The map contains the non-exhaustive list of 1,181 churches and church lands, 115 monasteries and monastic lands, 48  hermitages, 8 chapels and mausoleums, 534 old cemeteries, 96 fortresses and old fortified cities and 14 castles, many of which were named cultural monuments of high and exceptional importance for the state of Serbia.


It also provides the list of more than 100 religious sites, dated from X century, which were damaged or demolished since 1999, and also all cultural monuments which were destroyed and looted since 2004 until today.

To remind, since June 1999, after the end of the armed conflict, 236 churches, monasteries and other objects owned by the Serbian Orthodox Church were targets of attacks; 174 religious sites, 33 cultural and historic monuments, some of which of exceptional importance, were demolished; more than 10,000 icons, ecclesiastical, art and liturgical items, were stolen; 5,261 tombs at 256 orthodox cemeteries were demolished or damaged while more than 50 of those have not a single headstone standing.

Four gems of this Serbian heritage - Decani Monastery, Patriarchate of Pec, Gracanica and the Church of Virgin Ljeviska – are inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage in Danger List.

Film about destruction of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija - watch here

Four pearls of world heritage: the Monastery of Decani, Patriarchate of Peć, Gracanica and Bogorodica Ljeviska Church are still inscribed on the UNESCO List of the world heritage in danger. The ones requesting UNESCO membership today are the ones who exposed it to danger. Not even today can we hear the words of condemnation of such crimes, or detect readiness to find and punish the perpetrators. -  watch here

Photos about destruction of Serbian cultural heritage in Kosovo and Metohija are available here.

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Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO in the plenary debate of the 209th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
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Opening of the exhibition "Celebrating the International Mother Language Day in Serbia - The case of Kovačica village"
Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions
Reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia
International Day of Women and Girls in Science
Signing the nomination dossier for the extension of the serial World Heritage site “Ancient and Primeval Beech Forests of the Carpathians and Other Regions of Europe”
International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
Meeting with the Chairperson of the Executive Board of UNESCO
Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 208th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
Participation of Minister of Education, Science and Technological Development Mladen Šarčević at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference
Participation of the Minister of Culture and Media of the Republic of Serbia Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic at the 40th Session of the UNESCO General Conference
Re - election of the Republic of Serbia to the membership of the UNESCO Executive Board
Visit of the President of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO
Emir Kusturica's lecture and concert in UNESCO and the visit of the Minister of Culture and Media H.E. Mr. Vladan Vukosavljevic
Exhibition on the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia
Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 207th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
Meeting of the Preparatory Group of the Executive Board
Participation at the traditional working lunch of Ambassadors of Member States and Candidate Countries for membership in the European Union with Director-General of UNESCO Ms. Audrey Azoulay
Visit of the Director-General of Unesco Ms Audray Azoulay to the Republic of Serbia
Candidature of the Republic of Serbia for re-election to the Executive Board of UNESCO
Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the session of the World Heritage Committee
Participation at the G7 France-UNESCO international conference
Participation at the conference within the framework of the UNESCO-led project "Revive the Spirit of Mosul"
Cocktail reception on the completion of the chairmanship of the Republic of Serbia of the Electoral Group II (Eastern European Countries)
Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the meeting of the International Co-ordinating Council of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere (MAB) Programme
Meeting of electoral groups in UNESCO
Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the Conference of Parties to the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005 Convention)
African Week in UNESCO
Special message of the First Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Serbia Ivica Dačić on the occasion of 25 May, Day of Friendship of the Republic of Serbia with the Peoples of Africa
Participation of the Republic of Serbia at the Fifth Meeting of States Parties to the 1970 Convention
Participation of the delegation of the Republic of Serbia at the UNESCO International Water Conference, 13-14th May 2019
Delegation of UNESCO met the President of the Republic of France H.E. Mr. Emmanuel Macron
Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 206th session of the UNESCO Executive Board
Presentation of the Letter of Credentials of Ambassador Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili
Performance of the national ensemble "Kolo" in UNESCO
Evening of Gastronomy in UNESCO
Participation at UNESCO Global Conference "Principles of Artificial Intelligence: Towards a Humanistic Approach?".
Presentation of Serbian cuisine
International Mother Language Day in UNESCO
Presentation of the Serbian traditional music
Reception on the occasion of the Statehood Day of the Republic of Serbia
Presentation of “Slava” as the intangible cultural heritage of Serbia
Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO chairs UNESCO Electoral Group II (Eastern European States)
Presentation of the elements inscribed to the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
„Singing to the accompaniment of the Gusle“ inscribed on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity
Documentary “Serbs on the Corfu – one hundred years since Albanian Golgotha”
Participation of the Permanent Delegation of the Republic of Serbia to UNESCO at the 205th Session of the Executive Board
Кosovo and Мetohija - Тhe request to become a member of the UNESCO (2015)
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