Vietnam hopes to tighten ties with UNESCO

Friday, 2017-08-25 11:13:17
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Chairman of Vietnam’s National UNESCO Committee Le Hoai Trung holds talks with UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, in Hanoi on August 24. (Credit: VOV)
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NDO/VNA – Chairman of Vietnam’s National UNESCO Committee Le Hoai Trung expressed his hope for strengthened cooperation with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), during his talks with visiting UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova, which took place in Hanoi, on August 24.

Both parties agreed that the bilateral relations have developed effectively and have been lifted to a new height following the historic visit made by former Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung to the UNESCO headquarters in Paris, France, in 2015.

To date, both Vietnam and UNESCO have effectively implemented many of their targets set forth in the Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation.

At the meeting, the two sides discussed their cooperation potential and priority goals in the fields of education, culture, science, information and communications.

Trung, who is Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs, emphasised the importance of UNESCO in implementing the 2030 sustainable development goals, adding that Vietnam and the organisation could share their ideas and experience in order to serve sustainable socio-economic development.

Irina Bokova affirmed that Vietnam has made important contributions to the organisation and spoke highly of the country’s role as serving as a bridge for intensifying relations between ASEAN and UNESCO.

On the same day, the UNESCO Director General visited Bai Dinh pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh, located in the Trang An landscape complex – a UNESCO-recognised Cultural and Natural World Heritage site.

In a meeting with provincial leaders, she appreciated the locality’s policies and efforts to preserve and promote the cultural value of the heritage site.

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