The project "Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan in the collections of the world" can be safely called one of the striking results of the policy of New Uzbekistan, the reforms carried out by President Shavkat Mirziyoyev in the field of culture. According to the Development Strategy of Uzbekistan, since 2016, the issue of studying, preserving and popularizing the cultural heritage of Uzbekistan has been elevated to the rank of the state policy of the state, and this approach, attention from the President and the government, are yielding results that are already recognized by the whole world. The closing ceremony was held in a landmark place, the world-famous Registan, where Firdavs Abdukhalikov, Chairman of the Board of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Promotion of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, addressed the congress participants with words of thanks: “It was not by chance that we chose the venue for the final ceremony of our congress, because it is here, in this holy place for every scientist, every Uzbek, every citizen of the world, that this place is called the cradle of science. It was on this site that the first university in the East was founded. World-famous stargazer, astronomer, great ancestor - Mirzo Ulugbek. The place where great scientific discoveries took place. The majestic walls of this Registan have seen many great people who have made a significant contribution to science and poetry.” Director of the State Museum of Arts of Uzbekistan Vasily Fayziyeva spoke about what is being done in Uzbekistan to preserve and promote cultural heritage. “Today, about two hundred museums operate in the Republic of Uzbekistan, of which seven museums are large museum reserves. Over the past thirty years, twenty new museums have been opened in the country. More than two and a half million museum objects and collections are stored in the republican museums of the country. Of these, about two million collections are included in the main fund of museums, as well as 625 thousand collections and museum items are scientific auxiliary funds, as well as 112 thousand exhibits of museum collections are unique masterpiece collections of our Uzbekistan, which are famous all over the world. At the initiative of the President of Uzbekistan, nine new museums will be created in the Republic of Uzbekistan. Seven of which will be in Samarkand. The Ministry of Tourism and Cultural Heritage, together with the Samarkand Hokkimiyat, Fergana, Khorezm regions, the interested ministries and departments, will establish the activities of museums in the city of Samarkand. Exhibitions will be created: “The Great Silk Road”, “Golden Heritage of Uzbekistan and China”, as well as the exhibition “Samarkand Contact of Cultures of the Regions of Uzbekistan and Russia”, the Museum “Classicism”, the Museum “Historical Photographs”, the Museum of “Jewellery Art”, artistic exhibition hall, as well as in the city of Kokand, a museum of "Modern Art" will be created, in the city of Urgench the museum "Lazgi" - as a branch of the Museum of Modern Art of Uzbekistan. It is worth noting; that the purpose of this is to create new modern expositions dedicated to the integration of the art of Uzbekistan and the world literary and cultural environment as historical exhibits in the history of the Uzbek people. The fact that in the course of two years the country was visited by about four million tourists - these figures testify to the increased interest in the life of our people.
New Uzbekistan confidently continues to strengthen its position in the international arena. An exceptionally important example of this is that Uzbekistan for the first time became a member of the UNESCO Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, having received the votes of 105 countries out of 180. Participants of the VI International Congress "Cultural heritage of Uzbekistan - the foundation of a new Renaissance" and members of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan adopted the final Declaration on Registan Square. The final document highlights: “Directly on the initiative of the President of the Republic of Uzbekistan Shavkat Miromonovich Mirziyoyev, the foundation of the New Renaissance - the New Renaissance is being laid in Uzbekistan, which is also expressed in the implementation of fundamental changes in the spiritual and educational sphere.” The scientists also noted that large-scale events in the field of humanitarian science and culture are being organized and carried out in Uzbekistan, a 10-year State program has been adopted to improve the activities of state museums and strengthen their material and technical base for 2017-2027. A vivid example is that only this year 7 new museums are being created in Samarkand. The International University of Tourism and Cultural Heritage "Silk Road" was opened. An extremely important recognition of the country's efforts aimed at preserving the unique cultural heritage of past centuries was the election of Uzbekistan as a member of the UNESCO Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, held in Paris at the 8th session of the General Assembly of the Member States of the Convention "On the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage". “For six years of work of the World Society for the Study, Preservation and Popularization of the Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan, 60 volumes of the exclusive international series “Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Collections of the World” have been published. Work continues on the series "Architectural epigraphy of Uzbekistan", "Culture and science of Uzbekistan in the works of scientists", more than 60 films have been shot, many media forums have been held in Uzbekistan and abroad. This entire fruitful program of action, which ensures an effective dialogue between scientists, would not have been possible without the support of the President and the Government of the Republic of Uzbekistan, socially responsible business represented by the Eriell Group, and a number of international humanitarian organizations,” the declaration says. In addition, members of the World Society highly appreciated the organization of the VI International Congress "Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan - the Foundation of a New Renaissance" held on July 22-24 this year. They called it an important event in the scientific world, bringing together 350 participants from 32 countries. More than 100 reports were read, round tables and sessions were held. It was emphasized that scientists from almost all Central Asian states took part in the work of the VI Congress for the first time. For reference: More than 350 people took part in the work of the Congress. These are world-famous oriental scholars, 6 heads of international organizations, 50 directors of famous international museums, 15 academicians, 25 professors, 22 doctors of sciences, museum workers, media representatives working in the coverage of culture and art, media people interested in studying and preserving cultural heritage of Uzbekistan. The World Society was founded by the project "Cultural Heritage of Uzbekistan in the Collections of the World" and received official registration in Paris in 2018. The general sponsor of the project is the oilfield services company Eriell Group. Also, along with the World Society, she is the organizer of the Congress. Uzbekistan was elected a member of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage at the eighth session of the General Assembly of the Member States of the Convention on the Protection of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Paris.