30.09.2010 - UNESCOPRESS

Director-General visits Viet Nam and takes part in the Thang Long - Ha Noi millennial anniversary celebrations

© UNESCO/Amita Vohra - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova among students of the Trung Vuong secondary school, the oldest one in Hanoi, during her first official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam on 1 October 2010

At the invitation of the Vietnamese Government and the authorities of Ha Noi, Viet Nam’s capital city, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will undertake her first official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from 1 to 3 October 2010. Irina Bokova will be a special guest of the Great Celebration of the Millennial Anniversary of the Foundation of Thang Long - Ha Noi, one of the 63 anniversaries with which UNESCO is associated in 2010-2011 as approved by the 35th session of the Organization’s General Conference.

During her stay in Viet Nam, the Director-General will attend the opening ceremony of the Great Celebration of the Millennial Anniversary of Thang Long - Ha Noi, during which she will hand over the World Heritage certificate for the Central Sector of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long - Ha Noi inscribed by the World Heritage Committee on the World Heritage List during its 34th session in Brasilia, Brazil last July.

The Director-General will inaugurate together with the Vietnamese Government officials an exhibition on “Ho Chi Minh and Lifelong learning”, which aims to present Viet Nam’s progress toward building a learning society as a realization of Ho Chi Minh’s vision and ideals, as well as to highlight UNESCO’s approach to lifelong learning and to underscore the inter-sectoral cooperation between UNESCO’s education and the culture sectors. 

On this occasion, the Director-General will meet with high-ranking officials of the Vietnamese Government, including Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Gia Khiem, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh, Minister of Education and Training Pham Vu Luan, and Chairman of the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO Nguyen Thanh Son in order to discuss with them measures to strengthen the bilateral relationship between UNESCO and Viet Nam.

The Director-General will also meet with the leaders of Ha Noi City and visit the newly-inscribed World Heritage site of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long, several cultural and educational establishments in Ha Noi and Ha Long Bay. A Memorandum of Understanding on the cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNESCO for the period 2010-2015 will be signed during the Director-General visit.

Over the years, the collaboration between UNESCO and Viet Nam has been developed into a partnership that covers all fields of the Organization’s competence. Thanks to the effective programmatic cooperation between UNESCO and its Vietnamese partners, especially through the close-knit coordination between the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO, the Viet Nam Federation of UNESCO Associations and the UNESCO Office in Ha Noi, the Organization has become widely visible in the country in Education, the Sciences, Culture, Communication and Information.

Currently a member of UNESCO’s Executive Board, Viet Nam is also one of the 8 countries that volunteered to become a United Nations “Delivering as One” pilot and is seen globally as the country that has advanced the furthest in this reform initiative. The Director-General will be meeting with UN Resident Coordinator, John Hendra, and with the UN Country Team.

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