23.05.2011 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

Launch of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite first test phase in Viet Nam

© UNESCO / Participants at the Culture Development Indicator workshop

Ha Noi, 19 May 2011 - UNESCO Ha Noi, in partnership with the General Statistics Office (GSO), organized a national workshop to launch the first test phase of the UNESCO Culture for Development Indicator Suite. Viet Nam is one of six countries to be selected to participate in this pioneering research and advocacy initiative, which aims to highlight how culture contributes to national development.

Along with Viet Nam, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ghana and Uruguay are currently testing a set of indicators covering a range of policy areas such as economics, social cohesion, communication, governance and gender equality. At the workshop, The UNESCO indicator suite was presented to key national actors and stakeholder to gather their contributions. Workshop participants included key representatives from the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Education, Ministry of Industry and the Ministry of Communication and Information as well as from universities and research institutes. The test phase will last three months and preliminary results will be shared at the end of July in a final national workshop.

The first of its kind, the UNESCO Indicator Suite is an advocacy tool designed to support national stakeholders interested in promoting culture for development in their national development strategies. The Suite aims to clearly demonstrate via qualitative and quantitative data how culture fosters economic growth, helps individuals and communities to expand their life choices, and to adapt to change.

This project contributes to the implementation of Article 13 (Integration of Culture in Sustainable Development) of the Convention for the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (2005). The Indicator Suite is supported by the Spanish Agency of International Cooperation for Development (AECID).

For more information on this project, please visit www.unesco.org/culture/CDIS or contact db.hanh(at)unesco.org.

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