On June 27, PM Mehriban Aliyeva, president of Heydar Aliyev Fund and also good-will ambassador of UNESCO in Azerbaijan, participated at the first meeting of the General Assembly of courtiers ratifying the convention on protection of non-material heritage in Paris.
The director general of UNESCO Kaitira Matsura mentioned the important role of Mehriban Aliyeva in the protection of music and non-material cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. Besides, she noted that at present, convention was ratified by 45 countries and 7 countries have joined the convention.
In her speech, Aliyeva congratulated the participants on the occasion of convictions entering into force. She noted that the genetic base of all world nations is non-material heritage and peoples played an important role in the formation of this factor. Therefore the protection of non-material heritage is of great importance in the modern .world. She presented information about the non-material cultural heritage of Azerbaijan. Particularly she noted that mugam (national Azeri music) has become one of the masterpieces and non-material heritage of Azerbaijan.
Aliyeva presented to the attention of the participants that at the moment there are conflicts, and wars in world which destroy cultural heritage. In result of Armenian-Azerbaijan Nagorno-Karabakh conflict, Armenians have destroyed hundreds of architectural and cultural monuments and cities in the occupied territory of Azerbaijan. Aliyeva stressed that it needs to increase the attention of international organizations and the world public towards this issue.