The second annual national meeting of the Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs in Russia took place on November 29, 2019 at town Viatskoye, near the city of Yaroslavl, which forms an example of creative revitalization of a historical site.

Image: Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs

The program of the meeting was dedicated mainly to the discussion of applications for opening new UNESCO chairs, submitted by about a dozen of leading universities of the Russian Federation (Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technologies, High School of Economics, National University of Friendship of Nations, State University of Ryazan, State University of Yaroslavl, to name but a few).

Image: Coordination Committee of UNESCO Chairs at discussion during the second annual national meeting

The intervention of Ms. Inga Nichanian, a representative of UNESCO headquarters, who briefed the participants on basic results of the recent UNESCO’s 40th General Conference, formed a focal point of the meeting.

UNESCO Chair on Comparative Studies of Spiritual Traditions, their Specific Cultures and Interreligious Dialogue (St.Petersburg-Moscow), was represented by Dr. Dimitri Spivak, Chair, who served as the official reviewer of one of the applications, and took active part in general discussion.