01.10.2010 - UNESCO Office in Ha Noi

UNESCO Director-General visits Viet Nam for Ha Noi's millennial anniversary

©UNESCO/ Director General Irina Bokova presents the World Heritage certificate for the Thang Long Imperial Citadel to Ha Noi People's Committee Chairman Nguyen The Thao.

Ha Noi, 1 October 2010 - Irina Bokova, UNESCO's Director-General undertook her first official visit to Viet Nam from 1 to 3 October 2010 on the occasion of the Great Celebration of the Millennial Anniversary of the Foundation of Thang Long-Ha Noi.

At the Inauguration ceremony on Friday, 1 October, Ms. Bokova presented the World Heritage Certificate to commemorate the Imperial Citadel’s inscription on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Director-General stated that UNESCO was proud to be associated with the Great Celebration of the Millennial Anniversary, offered congratulations on Thang Long’s inscription and pledged continued support for the conservation, management and promotion of Viet Nam’s cultural and natural richness.

During her visit, as a guest of the Vietnamese Government, Ms. Bakova attended bilateral meetings with government officials including the Prime Minister, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Minister of Culture, Minister of Education and with the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam and the UN Country Team. She also met with teams from the UNESCO office in Ha Noi, the National Commission for UNESCO and the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations.

While in Ha Noi, Ms. Bokova visited the Ho Chi Minh Museum, where she presided at the opening ceremony for a new exhibit "Ho Chi Minh and Lifelong Learning", organized by the UNESCO Ha Noi Office, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and the Ministry of Education and Training. The Director-General is concluding her trip with a visit to Ha Long Bay and a meeting with the local authorities.

The Director-General congratulated Viet Nam for achieving sustained socio-economic development and pledged UNESCO’s unwavering support to Viet Nam in realizing the country’s commitments at the regional, national and international levels. Ms. Bokova also paid tribute to Viet Nam's active participation in the "Delivering as One" UN reform process and noted the country’s significant progress under this scheme.

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