Anniversaries of historic events and eminent personalities of UNESCO has primarily selected three Iranian masters for its celebration list of 2014 and 2015.
The center is scheduled to review the 800th birth anniversary of Persian Sufi Najmuddin Kubra, the 800th birth anniversary of Persian poet and writer Fakhr al-din Ibrahim Iraqi Hamadani, and the 600th birth anniversary of Iranian theoretician and musician Abdul Qadir Maraghi.
The program’s final list will be released during a meeting organized to be held in November, 2013.
The three celebrities were selected from among five offered features by Iran, the director of Iran’s National Commission for UNESCO Mohammad Reza Saeedabadi announced.
Iran’s Avicenna’s Medical Encyclopaedia The Canon of Medicine was highlighted in the program’s previous edition. The 1,000th anniversary of the compilation of the book was marked to symbolize the celebration of the birth of the scientific methodology.
While the book had an extremely important influence on the scientific community for centuries, its celebration would increase public awareness of science in line with UNESCO’s mandate, according to the center’s website.
Last edition of UNESCO celebration of anniversaries also celebrated 1,000th anniversary of the achievements of the Iranian writer and philosopher Abu Saeed Ab al-Kheir (known as Sheikh Abousaeed) and 1,100th anniversary of a geographical compendium compilation, al-Alaq al-Nafisa, written by the 10th century Persian explorer and geographer Ibn Rusta.
UNESCO celebration of anniversaries is held by its Member States and Associate Members, in order to give worldwide significance to the selected cultural events and celebrities.