28.02.2012 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

UNESCO holds first Culture and Development Week in Ha Noi

Ha Noi, 28 February 2012 - UNESCO will shortly be holding, for the first time in Viet Nam, a Culture and Development Week, in collaboration with the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism and a number of national and sub-national partners.

The Week, which will take place from 5–9 March 2012 in Ha Noi, will feature a series of events, including policy dialogues, roundtables, book launch discussions and film nights where the multifaceted relationship between culture and development will be discussed and illustrated. Government authorities, policymakers, international donors, civil society and the media will be present at all events. See below for further details on the events.

Seeing culture as not only a goal, but also a vehicle of development, UNESCO emphasizes that development initiatives and approaches that prioritize culture are likely to result in inclusive and context-sensitive development that yields equitable outcomes and enhances ownership by target beneficiaries. Recent global developments have signalled a welcome trend towards the systematic integration of culture into development strategies and programs, notably through adoption of United Nations Assembly Resolution 65/166, which calls for the integration of culture into global and national development policies.

the current global debate on culture and development fits squarely with Viet Nam’s ongoing legal framework that establishes the role of culture as “the foundation of the society, serving a dual purpose as the goal and the means of socio-economic development” (Resolution of the Central Party Committee 5, approved in its VIII Session – 1998). There is, however, still a need to further the debate and concretize it in the country’s efforts to develop policies and strategies for socio-economic development.

This is an especially opportune moment as, with Viet Nam’s recently becoming a middle-income country, a heightened recognition and investment in culture, as both a subject matter (cultural heritage and assets) and a process (culturally appropriate development policies and interventions) can help the country to address its changing needs, especially to deal with many of the challenges associated with human development, such as rising inequality.



Key highlights during Culture and Development Week:

Film nights at Ha Noi Cinematheque

Time: 19:00 – 21:00, 9-15 March 2012

Venue: Hanoi Cinematheque, 22A Hai Ba Trung, Ha Noi

Films selected for screening at Ha Noi Cinematheque are documentaries made by young Vietnamese filmmakers and international documentaries selected for the 2010 Margaret Mead Film and Video Festival, a prestigious cultural institution. Each documentary truthfully presents the different aspects of culture, in its broadest sense, through the eyes of communities such as the migration of ethnic minority people into bustling urban life in Ha Noi or how a small ethnic group in Ethiopia struggles with the risk of its culture disappearing in the face of rapid tourism development.

The shows are open and free for the public. For more details on the schedule, please contact Hanoi Cinematheque at 04 3936 2648 or email info(at)hanoicinema.org

Roundtable Discussion: Building Partnerships to Preserve and Promote Culture for Viet Nam’s Sustainable Development

Time: 14:00 – 16:45, Monday 5 March 2012

Venue: Ha Long Hall, Sofitel Legend Metropole, 56 Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

The event serves as a forum for a wide range of stakeholders including UNESCO, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, National Commission for UNESCO, civil society, private sector and media agencies to discuss on the multifaceted relationship between culture and development and possibilities for a joint endeavour of relevant stakeholders in the preservation and promotion of culture and sustainable development.

Workshop: Preservation and Promotion of Cultural Heritage in the Context of Modernization

Time: 9:00 – 16:00 Tuesday 6 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

Within the scope of Viet Nam’s National Strategy on Culture Development, UNESCO is currently supporting Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism to identify underlying causes to the imbalance between heritage preservation and modernization through an extensive research into heritage preservation at a number of sites in Vietnam and collecting international best practices. Based on this, recommendations on the formulation of heritage preservation policies in Viet Nam will be produced and discussed with high-level authorities at the workshop.

Workshop: Heritage Education in Viet Nam’s Schools

Time: 8:30 – 15:00 Wednesday 7 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

In current educational practices in Viet Nam, there is little link between schools, museums and heritage. UNESCO’s intervention in the field of heritage education has been strengthening the link between schools, museums and heritage and advocating for the inclusion of heritage education in curriculum. The aims of the workshop are to review and evaluate projects implemented by UNESCO and various organizations in integrating cultural heritage education into school curriculum, to draw good practices and promote heritage education models at the national level.

Workshop: Capacity Building Action Plan for World Heritage Sites in Viet Nam

Time: 15:00 – 18:00 Wednesday 7 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

Apart from the Action Plan to further strengthen the implementation of the 1972 World Heritage Convention and to better protect World Heritage sites, World Heritage Centre has recommended that each State Party develops its own Action Plan. The workshop will take place with the participation of representatives from seven World Heritage sites to collectively identify concrete measures to better preserve and manage World Heritage sites in Viet Nam.

Launching of UNESCO manuals

Time: 8:30 – 12:00 Thursday 8 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

The implementation of the two pilot programmes, “Developing visitor management plans for World Heritage sites and Biosphere Reserves” and “Training Heritage specialist guides” in Quang Nam province has shown concrete contributions to the management and protection of sites and improving the quality of information provided to visitors. Building on this success, UNESCO and the Institute of Tourism Development Research (Viet Nam National Authority of Tourism) have finalized training manuals for the two programmes and will officially launch them at the national level for future replication to other protected areas in Viet Nam during the workshop.

Project inauguration: Sustainable Tourism Development in My Son World Heritage Site

Time: 13.00 – 14:00 Thursday 8 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

From 2002, UNESCO, Italy and Viet Nam’s joint project succeeded in restoring major buildings G3, G5 and G1 in My Son’s G group and capacity building for Vietnamese professionals in the field of conservation, and studying Cham traditional architecture. Building on this success, a new project “Sustainable Tourism Development in My Son World Heritage Site” proposed by UNESCO and Quang Nam has been sponsored by Government of Italy. This two-year project (2012-2013) which continues the restoration of the G group monuments and strengthen the interpretation system of the site shall be officially launched at the workshop with the participation of Government of Italy, UNESCO and the Management board of My Son.

Workshop: Integrating Culture and Tourism for Sustainable Development: Quang Nam Experience

Time: 14:00 – 17:00 Thursday 8 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

Since 2009, UNESCO has supported Quang Nam authorities to develop an integrated culture and tourism strategy toward sustainable development which employs a comprehensive approach to sustainable tourism development and safeguarding cultural assets with a central role of local communities living in and around the protected sites in Hoi An and My Son World Heritage sites and Cham Island Biosphere Reserve. The workshop serves as a mutual learning platform for other protected areas in Vietnam in achieving sustainable development.

Workshop: Integrating Customary Practices into Conservation and Local Economic

Development in Protected Sites in Viet Nam

Time: 8:15 – 12:00 Friday 9 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

Since 2009, UNESCO has been working with 8 Biosphere Reserves and 2 World Natural Heritage sites in Viet Nam to identify and pilot interventions that promote sustainable customary use of natural resources and traditional cultural practices of local communities living in Biosphere Reserves and World Natural Heritage sites. Apart from sharing experience in promoting customary practices, the workshop aims to create a dynamic discussion among a wide range of stakeholders on recognition of customary practices as an integrated part of the contemporary development process at national and local level.

Workshop: Findings from the First Test Phase of UNESCO Culture and Development Indicator Suite in Viet Nam

Time: 13:30 – 16:30 Friday 9 March 2012

Venue: Press Club, 59A Ly Thai To, Ha Noi

UNESCO Culture and Development Indicator Suite is a global initiative which aims at measuring the contribution of culture in development through a set of indicators in seven dimensions, such as the economics of culture, governance and gender equality. The workshop aims to present the results of the test phase of the Suite in Viet Nam and discuss strategies for continuing discussion on Culture and Development.


For registration at any of these events, queries or further information, please contact:

Ms. Nguyen Thanh Van,
23 Cao Ba Quat, Ha Noi
(04) 3747 0275 ext. 28

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