October 21, 2006

A Day of Azerbaijan was held at UNESCO under the name of “Azerbaijan: at the intersection of cultures and civilisations”

Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva, President of Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO Goodwill Ambassador, MP, arrived in Paris to attend the event on Azerbaijan Day held under the title `Azerbaijan: On the Junction of Cultures and Civilizations` in frame of `Dialog Among Civilizations` week dedicated to the 60th anniversary of UNESCO.


At UNESCO residence Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva was sincerely welcomed by Marsio Barboza, deputy director general of the Organization, Jean Luc Shan, head of Protocol Department, Basma Irsheid, head of Goodwill Ambassadors Programme, Ambassador Eleonora Huseynova, head of permanent mission of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, and other officials.


The Azerbaijan Day started with the exhibition, arranged at the UNESCO exhibition hall, consisted of photos reflecting beautiful landscapes, rich culture, history of Azerbaijan, traditions of our people, samples of our cultural heritage, life of national minorities, samples of brazing.


Opening the exhibition culture and tourism minister Abulfaz Garayev emphasized that due to efforts of Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva UNESCO-Azerbaijan multilateral cooperation has developed lately, talked about the Organization`s support to Azerbaijan in field of reconstruction of education system, state care about development of culture of national minorities in Azerbaijan, the role of UNESCO in protection of cultural and non-material legacy, inclusion of our monuments in the World Cultural Heritage List.


Goodwill Ambassador Mehriban Aliyeva and director general of the Organization Koichiro Matsuura were closely familiarized with the exhibition.


Then, Mehriban Aliyeva addressed the opening ceremony.


After an official part, masters of art of Azerbaijan gave a large concert. World-famous French singer Patricia Caas sang a few songs, applied to the audience saying `Dear Azerbaijan!`.


Coming to the backstage after the concert Mrs Mehriban Aliyeva met with artists, sincerely talked to them and was taken photo with them.


At the end, a banquet was given on the Azerbaijan Day, visitors tasted the delicious and rich Azeri cuisine.