21 февраля 2011

Speech by the Russian representative at the inauguration of the exhibition “Discovery of Moscow: historical and cultural heritage”

Dear Mr. Rao, Deputy Director of WHC, Dear Madame Vedernikova, Director of Moscow-City Museum, Dear Mr. Novitskij, Member of Moscow Parliament, Your Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen, It is with great pleasure that I welcome everyone gathered here to the presentation of Moscow-City Museum. Unfortunately, our Ambassador, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation to UNESCO Madame Mitrofanova won’t be able to participate in today’s ceremony. But she asked me to conveying to you her warmest greetings and best wishes for the success of this exhibition. We have been holding these kind presentations at UNESCO for several years already, because we believe them to be necessary for a better understanding of the wealth of the world heritage and of cultural diversion. It is apparent that the aims of UNESCO in this area haven’t been fully completed with the end of a rather successful of the International year of the Rapprochement of Culture. And we are thankful for the attention to our cultural initiatives by the UNESCO Secretariat, especially the Sector of Culture. As you all know one of the priorities of UNESCO’s work is to encourage cultural diversion by preserving heritage in all its aspects and to develop of ways of cultural self-expression. We entirely support these efforts. Museums collections play an exceptionally important part in preserving cultural diversity; they are in a way the depositories of historical memory and cultural heritage of mankind, providing safety of cultural values, collected in the course of many years. Today in the 21st Century we are witnessing an evolution of the museums’ role as institutions, promoting formation, providing accessibility and spreading of knowledge and cultures as well as some vectors of social unity and development of human and economic potential. That is why we warmly welcome the initiative by the director of the Moscow-City Museum Madame Vedernikova to make this presentation because among many Russian museums this Museum holds a unique place and we wish new historical and cultural discoveries to all those who are going to visit UNESCO in the next few days. Thank you for your attention.