|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova in Ha Noi—VNA/VNS Photo
HA NOI (VNS)— The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) will assist Viet Nam by transferring its knowledge and expertise in sustainable development, declared Director General Irina Bokova in a meeting with Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung in Ha Noi yesterday.
Bokova is in Viet Nam until Sunday to attend a ceremony marking the 10th anniversary of the Convention for the Safeguarding of the Intangible Cultural Heritage. During her visit, she is also reviewing the implementation of the UNESCO–Viet Nam agreement signed three years ago.
In her meeting with Dung, she underscored Viet Nam's significant role in increasing understanding and co-operation among UNESCO member nations.
She praised the country's preservation and protection of heritage as well as its progress in educational development and coping with climate change, before adding that she hopes Viet Nam will support UNESCO as it looks to reach a co-operation deal promptly with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Dung highlighted that Viet Nam will continue promoting all-around links with UNESCO and give backing to its partnership with ASEAN.
He expressed his hope that UNESCO will agree to grant world heritage status to sites including Trang An scenic landscape complex in the northern province of Ninh Binh and Cat Ba tourism complex in Hai Phong city. The country also hopes to gain intangible heritage recognition for its Then and Nghe Tinh folk singing.
Earlier in the day, Bokova held talks with Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son, who is also Chairman of the Viet Nam National Commision for UNESCO .
At a press briefing, Bokova said the two sides had discussed key areas in which UNESCO would help Viet Nam in the near future, including the improvement of managerial capacity, the response to climate change and the preservation of biosphere reserves.
During her stay, Bokova will tour central Quang Nam province - the only locality with two world heritage sites and one world biosphere reserve - and take part in the opening ceremony of the Quang Nam Heritage Festival.
She will also attend a ribbon cutting ceremony for Tower G, one of the most important structures inside My Son sanctuary restored with funding from UNESCO and the Italian Government. — VNS