The culture of making and sharing flatbread-lavash, katyrma, jupka, yufka jointly presented by Azerbaijan, Turkey, Iran, Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzia at the initiative of Azerbaijan has been added to UNESCO's Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity during the 11th session of the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage in Addis-Ababa, Ethiopia.
The UNESCO's Evaluation Body appreciated the Nomination File and adopted it at the Intergovernmental Committee's session on November 30 session, 2016.
The nomination document was prepared in a joint effort by the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Azerbaijan’s Permanent Delegation to UNESCO, the five countries’ ministries of culture, their national commissions for UNESCO, and experts in the area.
The Azerbaijani side nominated the document for the UNESCO Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage as a multinational tradition in order to prove the historical bond and cooperation between countries and nations as well as the confidence in UNESCO and the supreme principles of international law of the countries that presented the nomination, by demonstrating that culture is a unifying force and can be shared among nations.
With the support of President of the Heydar Aliyev Foundation, UNESCO and ISESCO Goodwill Ambassador Mrs. Mehriban Aliyeva, who has an exceptional role in developing the Azerbaijan-UNESCO cooperation and protecting and promoting Azerbaijan’s cultural heritage, Azerbaijan’s arts of Lahij coppersmith, mugham, ashuq, carpet-weaving, tar, kalaghai—apart from Lavash-making—are currently on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage, and Chovkan, a traditional Karabakh horse riding game, on the UNESCO List of Intangible Cultural Heritage in Need of Urgent Safeguarding.