22.06.2013 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Launch of the Exhibit “UNESCO – Quang Nam: Partnership to Promote Culture for Sustainable Development”

Hoi An, 22 June – Today, an exhibit will be held on the partnership between Quang Nam Province and UNESCO in promoting culture for sustainable development.

Quang Nam, home to two World Heritage sites and one Biosphere Reserve, has been a focus of UNESCO support during the past decade, especially during the last four years. Most of this support focuses on providing local communities with hundreds of jobs as tour guides, conservation workers and craftsmen; building capacities of management boards of My Son and Hoi An World Heritage sites and Cham Island Biosphere Reserve; conserving the province’s heritage while strengthening its heritage interpretation system; completing the province’s tourism management planning; and enriching tourists’ experience, which will ultimately result in longer stays and return visits.

All support aims to ensure that local communities participate in the projects and benefit from tourism development. The exhibit, featuring the activities and achievements of the Quang Nam–UNESCO partnership, will celebrate the power of culture in sustainable development. These achievements have been made thanks to the financial and technical support from over 40 partners from international organizations, including ILO, FAO, UN-Habitat and the EU; governments, highlighting the Governments of Italy, Japan and Korea; non-government organizations, such as Craft Link, SNV; universities, including Lerici Foundation, Korean National Universities of Arts; and the private sector, with Asiana Airlines, Panasonic, QUO, MCMS, ToHe.

The event is one in a series of events during the second UNESCO Culture and Development Week in Viet Nam, highlighting concrete results of the collaboration between Quang Nam and UNESCO over the past decade, providing evidence of how heritage tourism and creative industries can contribute to sustainable development. The Week takes place just after the 2013 International Congress on “Culture: Key to Sustainable Development”, with discussions on the contribution of culture to sustainable development, peace and reconciliation, poverty reduction, social cohesion and environmental sustainability.
For further information about the exhibit or Culture and Development Week 2013, please contact:

In Hoi An:
Ms. Le Thi Xuyen
0913 490 452
0944 210 452

In Ha Noi:
Ms. Tran Thi Thu Thuy
3747 0275/28
0904 949 129

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