The 7th International Conference of Eurasia World Heritage Cities on "Protection and use of historical and cultural heritage in the Eurasian space" was held in the city of Aktau, Republic of Kazakhstan, August 24-27, 2014. The Conference was organized by Municipality of the city of Aktau, the Eurasian secretariat of the Organization of World Heritage Cities (OWHC), the Eurasian section of the World organization United Cities and Local Governments. The conference was held under the auspices of UNESCO.
The Conference was attended by over 275 people from 41 cities in 10 countries: mayors, international organizations, foundations to preserve the cultural, historical and architectural heritage, unions and associations of cities, academic and research institutions, educational institutions, museums and other cultural institutions.
Summing up the conference, Secretary General of the Organization of World Heritage Cities Denis Ricard said that this is the best regional conference in recent years. Moreover, he assured that now Aktau will be known more in the world. Mayor of the city Edil Zhanbyrshin thanked all the participants and said that he learned a lot from the conference. In the near future the city will make efforts to collect enough material to provide for Aktau membership in UNESCO.
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Source: UCLG Eurasia