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23.08.2017 - ODG

Director-General Pays Official Visit to Viet Nam

From 24 to 27 August 2017, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will pay an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam to take stock of expanding cooperation in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, further to the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding for the period 2016-2020.

Starting the visit in Hanoi, she will sign with the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Chu Ngoc Anh, the agreements to establish the International Centre of Research and Postgraduate Training in Mathematics and the International Centre of Physics as Category 2 centres under the auspices of UNESCO. Both Centres are hosted by the Viet Nam Academy of Science and Technology. This be the occasion to highlight the importance of science, technology and innovation for the sustainability of all development. 

In meetings foreseen with the President of the National Assembly, H.E. Ms Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, the Deputy Prime Minister, H.E. Mr Dr Vu Duc Dam; and the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and President of the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO H.E. Mr Le Hoai Trung , the Director-General will emphasize that UNESCO’s fruitful partnership with Viet Nam is built on the convergence between the Organization’s soft power agenda and the country’s longstanding tradition of investing in education, science, culture and communication as powerful tools for inclusive sustainable development. 

She will witness the ancestral connections between nature and culture during a visit foreseen to Trang An Landscape Complex, inscribed on the World Heritage List in 2014, a property where archaeological excavations testify to continued human settlement spanning more than 30,000 years. 

In Ho Chi Minh City, she is expected to meet with H.E. Professor Dr Nguyen Thien Nhan, Member of the Politburo and Secretary of the Party Committee of the city. Southeast of the city, she will visit the Can Gio Mangrove forest, a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve since 2000, which holds the highest diversity of mangrove plant species in the sub-region. 

Viet Nam, a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board, is home to 8 World Heritages sites, 9 Biosphere Reserves, 11 inscriptions on the Representative List of Intangible Cultural Heritage, and 2 UNECO University Chairs.

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