Diversity of Cultural Expressions

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If culture lies at the heart of economic and social development, then diversity of cultural expression is what drives it forward and creates a stable base for long-lasting sustainability. UNESCO fully understands the need for diversity; which is why, in 2005, the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions came into legislation as a legally binding international agreement. The convention allows citizens across the world to safely create and enjoy cultural goods, services and activities without the pressure of economic objectification.

Since 2007, the Vietnamese Government has absorbed the conventions ideology into its policy building on sustainable development and, for more than 10 years, has sought to preserve and promote the cultural expressions of its 54 ethnic minority groups. Coupled with this, Viet Nam’s booming entrepreneurial industry has laid new framework for the emergence of culturally diverse industries.

With the support of UNESCO, Viet Nam has developed its first National Strategy for Development of the Cultural Industries by 2020, with a vision to 2030. Specifically, the strategy aims to make the cultural industry a major source of employment and firmly establishes Viet Nam as a pioneer of cultural diversity.

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