The ceremony took place at UNESCO Headquarters, in the presence of Mr Saymunin Yatimov, Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of the Republic of Tajikistan to UNESCO, and Mr Pierre Morange, French Deputy of Yvelines and Mayor of Chambourcy.
Mr Aminov was designated UNESCO Artist for Peace “in recognition of his contribution to spreading UNESCO’s message of peace and tolerance through his artistic activities and his dedication to the ideals and aims of the Organization,” declared the Director-General.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Director-General recalled that Mr Aminov was a “long-standing friend of the Organization, having designed the trophies for the UNESCO City for Peace prize in 1999 and the Special Prize of Cinema for Culture of Peace in 2000. In his capacity as UNESCO Artist for Peace”, Mr Matsuura added, “Amri Aminov will draw on his formidable artistic talents to support the Organization’s activities to protect and promote intangible cultural heritage, in particular the traditional handicrafts of Tajikistan and Central Asia”.
In his speech of acceptance, the artist renewed his commitment to the promotion of peace which he endeavors to pursue through the creation of several major sculptures in different parts of the world, one of which being the “City of Peace” to be launched in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the occasion of its selection as a city of peace. Mr Aminov also reiterated his will to actively promote the protection of intangible cultural heritage and traditional handicrafts in his region.
Congratulating Mr Aminov on his designation, Mr Pierre Morange also took the floor to pay tribute to the artist’s talent and mention that the village of Chambourcy, of which he is the Mayor, had ordered an important sculpture from Mr Aminov.
During a short bilateral meeting preceding the ceremony, Ambassador Yatimov conveyed to Mr Matsuura the greetings from President Rahmon, whom the Director-General is to meet in New York on the occasion of the forthcoming session of the UN General Assembly.
The Ambassador expressed his appreciation for Mr Aminov’s designation as UNESCO Artist for Peace, which he said was a source of pride for the people of Tajikistan.
The Director-General expressed his satisfaction with the good bilateral relations that exists between UNESCO and Tajikistan, which have well progressed since his first visit to this Member State in 2002.
Author(s): Office of the Spokesperson - Source: Flash Info N° 120-2008 - Publication Date: 19-09-2008