Saying goodbye to Kars

01 Jun 2012

UN Joint Programme Alliances for Culture Tourism in Eastern Anatolia that was implemented in Kars since 2008 has been finalized with a closure meeting in May 8, 2012.


New Horizons - Along with the Undersecretary of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism, Mr. Özgür Özaslan, Kars Deputy Governor Mr. Murat Demirci and UN Turkey Resident Coordinator Mr. Shahid Najam; representatives from the UN Agencies that composed of  the UN Joint Programme and local stakeholders also participated in the meeting. 

During the meeting information about Kars Tourism Strategy, The Grant Programme, Tangible and Intangible Cultural Heritage of Kars, Children’s Museum Room and newly launched Kars tourism web site were shared with the contribution of the local stakeholders who actively participated in the Joint Programme activities.

The closure meeting ended with a special ceremony in which appreciation plaques were given to the local stakeholders. 


UN Joint Programme on Alliances for Cultural Tourism in Eastern Anatolia

The United Nations (UN) Joint Programme “Alliances for Cultural Tourism in Eastern Anatolia” started in November 2008 with the following objectives: to develop Kars’ tourism industry enhancing its cultural and natural assets and to foster the creation of cultural tourism-related jobs and income-generating activities.

During its course, the UN Joint Programme carried out numerous capacity-development activities in the province of Kars, aimed at creating a participative governance model for the safeguarding of the cultural heritage, developing sustainable cultural tourism, promoting integration and gender equality, and increasing the income level of the people of Kars.

Financed by the Spanish Government through the Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund, the UN Joint Programme was implemented by four partner UN agencies (UNDP, UNESCO, UNICEF and UNWTO), in close collaboration with the Turkish Ministry of Culture and Tourism as national implementing partner.

Within the three years of implementation of the UN Joint Programme, various activities were realized under the following headings:

  • Training and Capacity Enhancement
  • Income Generation and Job Creation
  • Safeguarding of cultural heritage (tangible and intangible)
  • Promotion
  • Strategy and Planning
  • Cultural Heritage and Tourism from the Children’s Perspective


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