Belarus joined UNESCO in 1954. During many years, Belarus has been maintaining fruitful and dynamic relations with international organizations. Belarus’ program of UNESCO activities includes numerous interesting projects in the fields of education, science, information, communications, and, of course, culture.
In October 1988, Belarus joined the Convention on the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage adopted by UNESCO in 1972. Today 4 Belarus sites have been already included into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
In 1992, the Belovezhskaya Pushcha National Park (a natural heritage object), a unique European forest reserve protected since the 14th century, was the first one to become a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
In 2000, the Mir Castle Complex, which was built in the beginning of the 16th century, was added to the UNESCO World Heritage List. The successful blend of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes Mir Castle one of Europe’s most impressive castles.
In 2005, two more sites were inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List. They include the Architectural, Residential and Cultural Complex of the Radziwills in Nesvizh and the Struve Geodetic Arc points.
For centuries the Nesvizh Palace used to be the residence of the Radziwills, one of the richest dynasties in Europe. Today the National Historical and Cultural Museum-Reserve Nesvizh, a wonderful restored castle, is a landmark of Belarus.
The Struve Arc, a world famous geodetic construction, is a chain of 265 points in 10 countries: Norway, Sweden, Finland, Russia, Estonia, Latvia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova. According to the historical data, there were 34 geodesic points in Belarus, and only 20 survived. Five of them, with special plaques, have been inscribed into the UNESCO World Heritage List.
Sites nominated to join UNESCO World Heritage List
Belarus will propose the architecture of Independence Avenue in Minsk for inclusion in the UNESCO World Heritage List as part of the transnational nomination file entitled Socialist Postwar Architecture in Central and Eastern Europe.
The UNESCO Five Continents Medal was bestowed upon:
The UNESCO Victor Hugo Medal was presented to: