Viet Nam hosts Director-General’s Consultation Meeting with National Commissions for UNESCO of the Asia-Pacific Region
Thanh Hoa, 20 June – Last weekend, Viet Nam hosted the UNESCO Director-General’s Consultation Meeting of Member States and National Commissions for UNESCO in the Asia and Pacific Region.
Attended by authorities from UNESCO Headquarters, representatives of National Commissions for UNESCO and directors of UNESCO Field Offices and Regional Bureaux of 30 nations, the primary purpose of the consultations was to discuss UNESCO’s strategic planning for the coming years.
Throughout the three-day consultation, discussion focused on the topics of global priorities, overarching objectives, intersectoriality, UNESCO’s mission statement, functions, key areas for UNESCO’s leadership within and outside of the UN system, partnerships, operational effectiveness of the Organization, role of National Commissions for UNESCO and engagement with partners.
National Commissions for UNESCO are established in every Member State and make up part of the overall constitutional architecture of the Organization. They are set up by their respective governments for the purpose of associating their governmental and non-governmental bodies in education, science, culture and communication and information with the work of UNESCO.
Consultations are held every two years for the regions of Africa, Arab States, Europe and North America, Latin America and the Caribbean and Asia and the Pacific. Having previously been host in 2006, Viet Nam has volunteered to host this year’s consultation in Thanh Hoa province from 15-18 June.
Coinciding with the 35th Anniversary Celebrations of the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO, participants attended Anniversary Celebrations in Ha Noi on 15 June and were also treated to live performances that featured, among others, elements of Vietnamese intangible cultural heritage that have been inscribed in UNESCO-recognize lists. While in Thanh Hoa, participants attended the handover ceremony of the certificate of recognition for Ho Citadel, Viet Nam’s newest World Heritage site.