UNESCO celebrates the Turkish Culture Organization


A concert was held at the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the French capital, Paris, with the participation of artists from the Turkish world on the occasion of the thirtieth anniversary of the founding of the World Organization for Turkish Culture “Turksoy.”

The ceremony was hosted by the permanent representations of Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to UNESCO under the slogan “We are together.”

The ceremony was attended by Turkey’s Ambassador to Paris, Yunus Demirar, the Deputy Secretary-General of the Turksoy Organization, Said Yusuf, the Permanent Representative of Turkey to UNESCO, Ambassador Gulnur Aybet, the Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, Ambassador Alman Abdullayev, the Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to UNESCO, Ambassador Askar Abdurakhmanov, and a large number of guests.

Artists from the Turkish world presented a concert with a collection of Turkish melodies and folk songs from Central Asia to Anatolia.


Dressed in different traditional Turkish costumes, the artists performed local dances from the Turkish world at the ceremony.

The Permanent Representative of Azerbaijan to UNESCO, Abdullayev, said in his speech during the opening of the ceremony: “The Turkish world played an important role in the history of civilizations with its ancient and wonderful culture.”

Abdullayev stressed that every member of the Turksoy family supports the organization in order to protect and enhance the common Turkish heritage.

TÜRKSOY was founded in 1993 and is headquartered in the Turkish capital, Ankara. It is an international organization concerned with the cultural affairs of Turkish-speaking countries.

Its primary members are: Turkey, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, the Republics of Tatarstan and Yakutia in the Russian Federation, and the Autonomous Region of Gagauzia in Moldova are members as observers in the organization.