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Information on activities of the Department of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra

In 2005 and 2009 on the proposal of S.V.Lavrov, Governor of the Autonomous Okrug was elected a member of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

On March 23, 2007 the Department of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra was opened. The official opening was attended by Sergey Lavrov, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Chairman of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

In compliance with the principles enunciated by UNESCO, priority areas of the Department’s activities are:

  • science and education;
  • culture;
  • natural sciences (ecology, hydrology);
  • communications and information.

Within the framework of these areas the implementation of the following UNESCO’s projects and programs is being carried out:

  • The Information for All program;
  • the Biosphere Reserves project within the Man and the Biosphere program;
  • the Great Rivers project within the International Hydrological program;
  • program of disappearing languages preservation;
  • UNESCO Chairs;
  • The UNESCO Associated Schools Network project.

A National Commission for UNESCO through the Committee of Foreign Relations of the Autonomous Okrug during implementation of UNESCO’s projects on the territory of Yugra contributes to their financing by UNESCO, awarding the status of UNESCO to events, as well as publishing of information about the okrug in UNESCO’s collections.

The Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug’s participation in implementation of UNESCO’s projects and programs

Science and education;

The UNESCO Chairs project
 

On July 30, 2008 an Agreement was signed between Yugorsky State University and UNESCO on creation of the UNESCO Chair “Center of environmental dynamics and global climate change” at the university”. The official opening of the Chair took place on December 10, 2008 with the participation of representatives of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow.

The idea of this UNESCO Chair opening got support on the part of the secretariat of the Ramsar Convention on Europe, the Northern Forum International Association, the University of the Arctic, and the United Research Center of the Institute for Environmental Security of the European Commission.

Priority directions of research activity of the UNESCO Chair: study of natural and anthropogenic dynamics of natural ecosystems against the background of global climate change, study of carbon balance and other biogeochemical cycles, detection of biodiversity, ecological monitoring, stable and environmentally sound development of the oil and gas complex in conditions of high quantity of bogs in the north of Western Siberia, improvement of the environmental situation of the Autonomous Okrug.

Under the patronage of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and joint financing under the aegis of Yugorsky State University the following activities have been held:

  • a conference “National priorities preservation upon transforming of the Russian educational system and its integration with the Bologna Process” (July 2005),
  • the Second International Field Symposium “West Siberian peat bogs and carbon cycle: the past and the present” (August 2007).

In June 2009 an International Summer School for Young Scientists took place in the sphere of wetlands ecology and environmental protection under the auspices of the international field station of the UNESCO Chair at Yugorsky State University.

UNESCO Headquarters in Paris and the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow supported the initiative of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO to conduct an International Congress of UNESCO Chairs on Education for Sustainable Development in Russia, with its location in the city of Khanty-Mansiysk on September 17-18, 2009. 90 representatives of 19 countries of the world took part in the work of Congress (Spain, Pakistan, Kuwait, Brazil, Malaysia, Guatemala, Sri Lanka, Mongolia, CIS countries and the Baltics), including 40 UNESCO chairs holders engaged in sustainable development.

In 2009 the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO took a decision on joint financing and joint realization of the project proposal of the Department of Education and Science of the Autonomous Okrug “Creation of a system to support small children's development (from 0 to 3 years of age)”.

Culture

The UNESCO Associated Schools Network project.

With the assistance of the National Commission the system of creative cooperation of talented children of the okrug with leading art workers of the Russian and world communities is being successfully implemented.

Since 2001 a status of UNESCO associated school has been awarded to the Khanty-Mansiysk Boarding Arts College. In October 2007 the College was presented with a Certificate “For participation in creative youth support programs of UNESCO’s projects”. Director of the College A.V.Berezin is appointed a regional coordinator of UNESCO associated schools in the Siberia-Altai region.

Concerts of educatees of the Boarding Arts College and students of the Khanty-Mansiysk branch of the Russian Gnesins' Academy of Music were held at UNESCO Headquarters, Russian Embassy in France, in the United Nations Headquarters in New York, in the British Embassy in Moscow, in the Council of Europe in Strasbourg (France), before the International Society for Music Education (ISME) under UNESCO in Malaysia and Italy, there are annual “cultural landings" to Germany, Hungary and exchange meetings, Plein Air Art Festivals in Greece.

A number of events carried out on the territory of the Autonomous Okrug in the field of culture and arts are awarded the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO. Among them there are: The International Plein Air Art, the World Northern Archaeological Congress.

Environmental protection

Since 2005 under the aegis of UNESCO and the Northern Forum International Association in the Autonomous Okrug the “International ecologic action “Save and Protect” has been held. The Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO decided to popularize the experience of conducting the Action among five National commissions for UNESCO of the countries within a cluster of the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow and forming an international interdisciplinary pilot project of sustainable development on the base of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug - Yugra.

The Great Rivers project

A striking event of the International ecologic action “Save and Protect” became the International conference of UNESCO associated schools “Ob-Irtysh basin: youth studies and keeps natural and cultural heritage in the regions of the world’s biggest rivers” that was held three times on the territory of the okrug (2006, 2008 and 2009). In these years young ecologists from 10 countries of the world (Germany, Poland, Canada, France, China, Mongolia, Kazakhstan, Russia, Latvia, and Brazil) took part at the Conference. The baton of this event was passed to Brazil in May 2009 in Khanty-Mansiysk.

The Biosphere Reserves project

In October 2007 an All-Russian conference "Russian biosphere reserves in the XXI century: the contribution for sustainable development and biodiversity conservation in Russia in the context of global changes" was held. V.N.Bolshakov, Chairman of the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program (MAB), V.M.Neronov, Deputy Chairman of the Russian Committee of the UNESCO Man and the Biosphere program (MAB), representatives of 21 entities of the Russian Federation took part in the conference. Following the results of the conference Recommendations were adopted and sent to the Government of the Russian Federation and to the address of the participants of the III World Congress of Biosphere Reserves.

Yugra is a participant of the Declaration, adopted in February 2008 following the results of the III World Congress of Biosphere Reserves in Madrid, Spain.

Communications and information.

The Information for All program;

In 2005 a CD-disk about media education and media journalism was issued jointly with UNESCO.

The agreement on cooperation between the Russian National committee of UNESCO’s Information for All program and the Committee for Information Resources of Governor's Administration of the Autonomous Okrug was signed on March 1, 2007. Under the terms of the agreement basic directions of cooperation are reflected in the field of realization of knowledge society construction principles at a regional level – education for all and during the whole life span, general access to information, freedom of expression, development of multilingualism and cultural diversity.

The annual International Forum for Information Technology dedicated to the strategy of information society development in Russia, obtained auspices of Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

On November 19-20, 2009 an International conference “IT-technologies and solutions for the Electronic Russia” will take place in Khanty-Mansiysk. It is planned to invite participation in the conference of representatives of the Russian National committee of UNESCO’s Information for All program.

The experience of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra in the field of information technologies development is reflected in the report of a representative of the Russian Federation at UNESCO’s World Summit on the Information Society in Tunis in 2006.

A Program of disappearing languages preservation

With financial support from the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow since July 2007 the Institute of Language, History and Culture of the Peoples of Yugra of Yugorsky State University has carried out works on realization of the Regional Multimedia Center of Clans project. At the present time 2 multimedia points are deployed on the territory of the Surgut region. In 2009 the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow additionally furnished these multimedia points with equipment.

Prospects for the Department’s activity for 2010:

Culture

  1. The International Plein Air Art (June) under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO;
  2. The III World Northern Archaeological Congress (September).

With regard to the UNESCO Associated Schools Network project, the regional coordinator of UNESCO associated schools in the Siberia-Altai region plans to take part in the work of the XXIX International conference of the International Society for Music Education (ISME UNESCO) to be held in Beijing (China) in July 2010.

Ecology

The VIII international Save and Protect ecologic action will be held under motto of the International Year of Biodiversity.

Within the Biosphere Reserves project the filing of application is planned in 2010 for awarding the status of a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve to the Ob-Irtysh reserve (Khanty-Mansi region) or Kondo-Sosvinsk natural reserve (Sovetsky region).

Education

It is planned to invite the UNESCO ecological education chairs holders, representatives of international organizations, particularly, the UN Environment Program (UNEP) for participation in the All-Russian Research and Practice Conference “Ecological education and enlightenment for sustainable development (global and regional aspects)”.

Within the UNESCO Chairs project the following events are planned to be held:

  1. International mycological school (August);
  2. International working conference on carbon balance study (June);
  3. Creation of an interactive Web site “Yugra’s nature”.

Communications and information.

Within the bounds of participation in realization of the Information for All Program it is planned to conduct in June 2010 an International IT Forum under the aegis of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.

Under the Regional Multimedia Center of Clans project it is planned to organize in 2010 multimedia points on other nomad camp subject to cofinancing by the UNESCO Bureau in Moscow.