24.02.2014 - UNESCO Office in Hanoi

Training journalists on UNESCO International Conventions and Programmes


Ha Noi, 24 February 2014 - A training workshop on UNESCO International Conventions and Programmes took place last Friday in Ha Noi to provide media professionals information on UNESCO normative instruments and programmes for safeguarding and promoting heritage and biosphere reserves.

Participants actively analyzed examples of media coverage on heritage that has negative impacts on society due to lack of knowledge rules set out by UNESCO and national law. They also exchanged views and discussed the importance for the public and media to observe UNESCO’s conventions and programmes to safeguard and promote values of heritage which are the pride of the Vietnamese people.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Katherine Muller-Marin, UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam, noted how ‘media has an important role in safeguarding and promoting heritage. You are the guardians of the heritage. You educate people to treasure and safeguard world heritage by abiding UNESCO and national legislations and regulations and promote the recognized values to the world.”

Mr. Hoang Huu Luong, Director-General of the Authority of Press of the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), while acknowledging efforts of the media in safeguarding and promoting heritage, urged the journalists to acquaint themselves thoroughly with UNESCO conventions and national laws on heritage and to share their understanding in simple and easy-to-understand language to their colleagues and eventually to the public.

The workshop was a joint effort between the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) and UNESCO. A proposal was discussed on a media award for quality reporting on culture and heritage to acknowledge the contribution of journalists in the preservation and promotion of Viet Nam’s heritage.

During the training, 30 participants coming from 20 media organizations were updated with UNESCO International Conventions and programmes including the 1972 Convention on Cultural and Natural Heritage; Man and Biosphere Programme, Memory of the World Programme; the 2001 Convention on the Protection of Underwater Cultural Heritage; the 2003 Convention on the Protection of Intangible Cultural Heritage; the 1970 Convention on the Means of Prohibiting and Preventing the Illicit Import, Export and Transfer of Ownership of Cultural Property and the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions.

As another result of the workshop, measures in which UNESCO and journalists can join hands to strengthen the communication of the important messages of preserving and promoting the values of heritage to public by abiding with these instruments and respective regulations and rules were identified.


For more information, please contact:

Duong Bich Hanh

Culture Programme Coordinator

UNESCO Ha Noi Office

23, Cao Ba Quat Street

E-mail: db.hanh@unesco.org

Tel:   +84 (4) 37 47 02 75

Mob: +84 (9) 04 88 22 18

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