The main objective of UNESCO is to expand cooperation among people the fields of education, science and culture for everyone without distinction to race, gender, language or religion.
Kazakhstan became a member of UNESCO on May 22, 1992. In December 1992, in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the National Commission of the Republic of Kazakhstan for UNESCO was established and determines the priority areas of relations with the Organization. From 1993 until April 2014 the chairman of the National Commission was a politician I.N. Tasmagambetov. FromApril 11, 2014 the National Commission is headed by the Minister of Culture and Sports of the Republic of Kazakhstan A. Mukhamediuly. The Secretary General of the National Commission since November 2017 is the Deputy Director of the Department of Multilateral Cooperation of Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Republic of Kazakhstan D. Izanova. Since November 2017 Permanent representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO 2017 is Ambassador Zh.Galiev. Previously, the post of the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO was held by N.Danenov and O. Suleimenov.
UNESCO Bureau in Almaty is in operation since 1994. In 2001 the Bureau received its regional status. From 1st of April 2017 the director of the Bureau is K.Pikkat.
Kazakhstan is a participant of 15 international conventions under the auspices of UNESCO.
In 1995 The Director General of UNESCO, Federico Mayor, visited Kazakhstan. President of Kazakhstan made his first official visit to UNESCO Headquarters in Paris in November 1995. UNESCO's Director General Koichiro Matsuura visited the Republic of Kazakhstan in June 1999 and in August 2001. The General Director also took part in the II Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions as an honored guest (September 12-14, 2006). In May 2012 within the framework of the IV Congress of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, the first official visit of Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova to the Republic of Kazakhstan was held. The second official visit of I. Bokova to the Republic of Kazakhstan was held in August 2013 within the framework of participation in the International Forum on the occasion of the inauguration of the International Decade for Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022). OnNovember 6, 2015 within the framework of his official visit to France, the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan, N.A. Nazarbayev, took part in the 38th session of the UNESCO General Conference celebrating the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Organization.
On October 25-November 10, 2011 the 36th session of the UNESCO General Conference approved an initiative to create a Regional Glaciological Center under the auspices of UNESCO (category 2) as the world's first center to studying the melting process of glaciers in the city of Almaty. The opening of the center took place in December 2012
In 2011 the General Conference supported the resolution of the Republic of Kazakhstan on the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures for 2013-2022 (IDRC), whose goals are to preserve the positive momentum of the International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures (announced by the UN General Assembly in 2010 at the initiative of the RK) and contribute to the global dialogue on peace building and UNESCO's strategy of "New Humanism in the 21st Century."
In November 2013 the delegation of the Republic of Kazakhstan headed by the Chairman of the National Commission I.Tasmagambetov took part in the 37th General Conference of UNESCO, where member states unanimously adopted the resolutions initiated by Kazakhstan on the establishment of the IDRC Action Plan and the promotion of the UNESCO online platform on the Great Silk Road.
August 23, 2013 in Astana, the International Forum on the occasion of the inauguration of the International Decade for Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), with the participation of the leadership of UNESCO and the United Nations, prominent individuals from political, culture and science circles from all over the world took place in Astana.
October 14-16, 2013 in Almaty, the International Forum on the Great Silk Road, timed to the official launch of the world's first integrated online platform on the Great Silk Road, was held in Almaty.
In 2016 within the framework of the International Decade for the Rapprochement of Cultures (2013-2022), at the initiative of the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan N.Nazarbayev, the Center for the Rapprochement of Cultures in Almaty was opened, in 2017 the center was granted the status of an international institute of category II under the auspices of UNESCO.
In October nd session of the Executive Board of UNESCO at the headquarters, presentation of the national program “Look into the future: Modernization of the Public Consciousness” was held. Scientific practical conferences, exhibits and gala concerts were held as part of the event.
Holders of honorary titles of UNESCO are A.Musahodjaeva - "Artist of the World" (1998) and S.Sapiev - "Goodwill Ambassador for Sport" (2013). In July 1999, Astana was awarded the UNESCO World City Prize. In 2017 Almaty was entered into UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the
Cooperation in the cultural sphere is carried out through the four National Committees created under the National Commission: on the World Heritage, the documentary heritage "Memory of the World", the safeguarding of the intangible cultural heritage (ICH) and ICOM (International Council of Museums).
5 nominations were included into the UNESCO World Heritage List: Khoja Ahmed Yassaui Mausoleum (2003), Petroglyphs of the archaeological landscape of Tamgaly (2004), Korgalzhyn and Nauryzum reserves in the nomination "Sary-Arka - Steppes and Lakes of Northern Kazakhstan" (2008), eight Kazakhstani sites (Kayalyk, Akramergen and Talgar settlements in Almaty oblast and Stepninskoye, Akyrtas, Kulan, Kostobe, Ornek in Zhambyl oblast) within the framework of joint serial cross-border nomination with China and Kyrgyzstan "Silk Road: Chang'an-Chia route network (2014), as well as Aksu-Zhabaglinsky, Sairam-Ugam and Karatau Reserves within the framework of the joint nomination with Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan transnational "Western Tien-Shan" (2016). A project to preserve the ancient city of Otrar was implemented with the financial assistance from Japan.
th anniversary of the birth of Abai Kunanbayev, the 100th anniversary of M.Auezov, the 1500th anniversary of the founding of Turkestan, the 500th anniversary of Muhammad Haydar Dulati, the centenary of the birth of S. Mukanov and K. Satpaev, the 2000th anniversary of the city of Taraz, the 200th anniversary of Makhambet Utemisov, the 100th anniversary of G.Musrepov, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the scientist Alkey Margulan, the 100th anniversary of the birth of Abilkhan Kasteev, the 100th jubilee of composer A.Zhubanov and the scientist Akzhana Mashani, the 500th anniversary of the epic "Kyz-Zhibek", 100th anniversary of birth of actress Amina Omirzakova, the 100th anniversary of the birth of the scientist U.Akhmedsafin (2012), the 100th anniversary (2014), the 100th anniversary of writer I.Esenberlin (2015), the 150th anniversary of the birth of statesman A.Bokeikhan (2016), the 1000th anniversary of Almaty (2016), and The 850th anniversary of the death of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui (2016, joint application with Turkey).
The International Register of UNESCO's documentary heritage "Memory of the World" from the Republic of Kazakhstan contains manuscripts of Khoja Ahmed Yassaui and his students, archival materials of the international anti-nuclear movement "Nevada-Semey", as well as Archival Funds of the Aral Sea. In 2016 nomination of Chagatai manuscript of the 18th century "Handar Sheziresi" is presented.
To the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH) of mankind, with the participation of the Kazakhstan 7 nominations have been submitted: national applications "Art of the implementation of the dombra kuy" (2014) and "Kazak Kuresi" (2016), joint with Kyrgyzstan nominations "Skills for manufacturing yurt" (2014g .) and Aytys / Aitysh, the art of improvisation (2015), as well as multinational applications Nauryz (12 countries), Falconry (18 countries), Thin Turkic Bread (5 countries). The last three were included in 2016. In December 2017 the national application "The Assyk games" was entered to the list.
Work to prepare nominations for the UNESCO World Network of Biosphere Reserves continues. From 2011 this networks now includes "Korgalzhyn" (2012), "Alakol" (2013), "Katon-Karagai", "Akzhayik" (2014), "Aksu-Zhabagly" (2015) and " Barsakelmes "(2016)from Kazakhstan were included for the first time. The issue of establishing a transboundary biosphere reserve "Altai" on the border territories of Kazakhstan and Russia is under consideration.
In 2008 in UNESCO, at the initiative of the RK, the first international conference "Great Migrations of Peoples" was held. In December 2011 at Columbia University (New York) the 2nd conference "Great Migrations of Peoples: the Population of America before Columbus", in December 2013 in the Republic of Korea the 3rd conference "Settlement of Southeast Asia and the Far East", in December 2014 in Spain - the 4th conference "Population of Europe", in November 2016 at the Headquarters of UNESCO - the 5th conference "Population of Ancient Asia Minor" were organized.Since 2014 the project "Great Migration of Peoples" is included in the UNESCO Action Plan for IDRC.
In the field of education, the priority is to achieve UN's Sustainable Development Goal 4 "To ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and to create opportunities for lifelong learning for all".In 2017 The National Committee for Education was established at the National Commission.
Within the framework of the "Education for Sustainable Development Goals" Program, 100 schools in Kazakhstan implement the "EcoSchools" program, 800 schools use materials from the SPARE project (sustainable energy) in teaching geography, chemistry and physics. 28 schools of RK have certificates of UNESCO Associated Schools.
6 UNESCO departments were established in KazNU named after Al-Farabi (on journalism and sustainable development), KazNPU named after Abai (pedagogy), Institute of Oriental Studies named after R.Suleimenov (Department "Science and Spirituality"), ENU named after Gumilyov (on tolerance) and in the Kazakh-German University in Almaty (on water resources management).
The Kazakhstan Federation of UNESCO Clubs (KazFUKA), which unites 50 clubs, in August 2011, officially admitted to the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centers and Associations. During the 23rd session of the Executive Board of the Asia-Pacific Federation of UNESCO Clubs (AFUCA), held in Almaty in September 2016, the president of KazFUKA B.Akchulakov was elected as its chairman until 2020.
Cooperation in the scientific sphere is carried out through the four scientific national committees working on UNESCO's four global programs - the International Hydrological Program the Man and the Biosphere (MAB), Bioethics and the Global Geoparks of UNESCO. The last National Committee was established in February 2017 and plans - the nomination of the Ustyurt Plateau as the first UNESCO Global Geopark in CIS.