Greetings to the participants was headed by the Deputy Minister of Culture, Mr. Boil Banov, the Deputy Minister of the Foreign Affairs, Mr. Roumen Alexandrov and Deputy Minister of Education and science, Prof. Kostadin Kostadinov, the rector of the University of Information Technology and Library Prof. Stoyan Dentchev, the Deputy Mayor of Sofia, Mr. Todor Chobanov, Assoc. Prof. Joanna Spassova as representative of the president of BAS, Acad. Stefan Vodenicharov.
At the official ceremony, Ms Irina Bokova, the Director General of UNESCO awarded to the mayor of the town of Chiprovtsi with a certificate of UNESCO for The tradition of the carpet making in Chiprovtsi. Ms.Bokova awarded also the winners in the National Youth Competition for the presentation of the Bulgarian elements and objects in the representative list of UNESCO’s intangible and tangible and natural heritage, dedicated to the 70th anniversary of the Organization.
The science part of the forum was held successfully in the previously announced two panels in the halls of ULSIT and BAS, as the topics of the panels were: “Measures taken in the countries from SEE for the implementation of the UNESCO Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage (2003)” and panel 2:”The role of local communities in the safeguarding of intangible cultural heritage”. All the presentations of the participants will be published in a special edition.
This event mark the end of the series of initiatives dedicated to the 70th anniversary of UNESCO during 2015.