The first Silk Road International Network Conference kicked off in the city of Xi’an, Shaanxi province, from May 22 to 24.
Experts from countries including Turkey, India, Russia and Iran, gathered to discuss cultural exchanges and resource sharing among countries along the Silk Road – an ancient trade route starting from China and stretching through Central Asia to Europe.
Experts present at the conference also talked about the development goals and action plans for the Silk Road Network Platform and passed the Xi’an Declaration.
The declaration suggests that each country cooperates in promoting common cultural heritages related to the Silk Road, in arranging knowledge and experience exchanging, and strengthening academic research about the Silk Road.
The Xi’an Declaration also appeals to governments and non-government institutions to support the development of the Silk Road Network Platform. According to the declaration, a Silk Road Academic Commission should be set up to oversee the content selection and authorization for the platform. A cultural heritage promotional committee should also be founded, as well as an international conference, which will be held annually.
The Silk Road International Network Conference was hosted by UNESCO and the Chinese National Commission for UNESCO.
Edited by Jacob Hooson