Irina Bokova meets with Prime Minister of Viet Nam, enhances cooperation with Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO and visits the oldest school in Hanoi
During her first official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova held a fruitful meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for continued cooperation between the Organization and the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO. She also visited the Trung Vuong Secondary School in Hanoi, one of the oldest educational institutions in the city.
In her meeting with the Prime Minister, Irina Bokova expressed her satisfaction with personally handing over the certificate recognizing the inscription of the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long on UNESCO’s World Heritage List. She commended Viet Nam's socio-economic achievements, which “set an example to many countries in the efforts to reach the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by 2015”, she said.
The Prime Minister expressed his appreciation for the Director-General’s visit on the occasion of the celebrations of the Millennial Anniversary of the foundation of Thang Long - Hanoi city. He praised UNESCO’s activities in the country and discussed ways to enhance cooperation with the Organization in the fields of education and culture.
The Director-General underlined that the Memorandum of Understanding she had earlier signed with Mr Nguyen Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Chairman of the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO would reinforce the strong ties between Viet Nam and the Organization through concrete programmatic work plans for the next 5 years.
The agreement recognizes the significant progress in Viet Nam’s participation in the “Delivering as One” UN reform process and charts major areas of collaboration in UNESCO’s support to Viet Nam between 2010 and 2016. These include enhancing the quality and relevance of education at all levels and enhancing biosphere reserves climate change mitigation and adaptation, science education and evidence-based policy making for social transformations.
Previous to her meeting with the Prime Minister, Irina Bokova visited the Trung Vuong Secondary School in Hanoi, where she planted a tree with students and members of the school management board. The Director-General presented the school with a telescope from UNESCO’s Space Education Programme (SEP). Together with the International Astronomical Union, the year 2009 was celebrated as the International Year of Astronomy, during which UNESCO donated 100 “Galileoscopes” to schools in Viet Nam through the Viet Nam National Commission for UNESCO.
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