|Iran to Propose UNESCO Celebration of Shahnameh Millennium in 2010|
Tehran, March 10, 2009: Iran plans to propose that UNESCO register the Shahnameh millennium on its calendar of events in 2010.
Programs and necessary documents prepared by the Ferdowsi Foundation have been submitted to the Iranian National Commission for UNESCO, secretary of the foundation Yaser Movahhedfar told MNA on Monday.
The programs and documents have been sent to the Iranian ambassador and permanent delegate of the Islamic Republic of Iran to UNESCO. The delegate will then summit them to UNESCO Headquarters, he added.
The documents show that by 2009, a millennium has past since the composing of Ferdowsi+s magnum opus Shahnameh.
Movahhedfar noted that the documents comprise historical records on Shahnameh and the proposal to hold art and cultural programs, as well as the establishment of centers in the name of Ferdowsi.
“UNESCO will be discussing the issue during its session in April this year. It is hoped that the Iranian delegate to UNESCO will make his best efforts to get the nods,” Movahhedfar said.
During negotiations to submit the proposal, Gholamreza Karimi, the director of the National Committee of the Islamic Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (ISESCO) has drawn the attention of 50 Islamic countries as members of ISESCO and requested their support, he added.
Movahhedfar also mentioned that setting up statues of Ferdowsi as well as naming major squares in different cities of Iran and other countries in the name of Ferdowsi are also among the programs mentioned in the proposal.