Iran’s National Commission for UNESCO has received the organization’s preliminary admission for establishment of World Ferdowsi Awards.
Director General of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Irina Bokova announced her agreement on the issue during a meeting with National Library and Archives of Iran (NLAI) Director, Reza Salehi Amiri.
Bokova agreed to assign a team of experts to study Iran’s proposal for the organization to establish an international literary awards bearing the name of Persian epic poet, Ferdowsi.
Iran offered the proposal in 2009 but UNESCO refused to approve it, due to another country had the same claim.
The Awards aims to honor world Iranologists who have authored great literary works on Persian culture and literature.
Bokova who came to Iran last week has visited several national Iranian heritage and historical remains.
While UNESCO has collaboration strategies for protecting of the archaeological remains, the organization will assist Iran in the renovation and reconstruction projects of Takht-e Jamshid and several other ancient structures, Bokova stated during her visit to Shiraz.
Bokova along with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif inaugurated an exhibition of historical maps collection during a ceremony held in Tehran on April 27.
She dedicated UNESCO registration certificate for the collection to Iranian foreign minister during the ceremony, while Iranian minister presented Persian Gulf; Atlas of Old and Historical Maps to the UNESCO director general.
Bokova called for greater attention to the issues of culture and civilization, underlining that the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon attaches paramount significance to the pair.
Iran has also submitted six ancient linear treasures to the United Nations to be registered on the organization’s Memory of the World register list.
The submitted documentaries are the books inherited from ancient Iranian scientists and brilliant scholars of literature and science in different eras.
The Memory of the World Register lists documentary heritage has been recommended by the International Advisory Committee and endorsed by the Director-General of UNESCO.