At the meeting

So said Mai Phan Dung, Head of the Department of Cultural Diplomacy and UNESCO under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, during a meeting held by the Ministry of Information and Communications on June 30th to provide information about international integration and UNESCO, after his recent working meeting on UNESCO and Vietnam cooperation.

According to Mr. Dung, in the field of education, apart from organizing international forums and workshops on making strategic planning on education development, UNESCO is assisting Vietnam in implementing the project to build a set of educational evaluation indicators for Vietnam in accordance with international standards, thus giving more effective recommendations and policies for education and training at all levels, contributing to the development of Vietnam's education development strategy.

In culture, the building and protecting of the dossier submitted to UNESCO for recognition of the title has achieved encouraging results, contributing to affirming Vietnam's cultural identity, promoting the image of the country, people and culture to international friends, creating new resources for socio-economic sustainable development, and contributing to enriching the common heritage treasure of humanity.

In 2019, the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO cooperated with relevant agencies to successfully mobilize UNESCO to bring Hanoi into the “UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN)", and registering the "Practice of Then singing of Tay, Nung and Thai people in Vietnam” on UNESCO’s list of Intangible Cultural Heritages of Humanity. The above two titles, along with UNESCO's issuance of the Resolution commemorating the 650th anniversary of the death of Chu Van An, have helped Vietnam continue to maintain target of Vietnam’s 2 to 3 new titles recognized by UNESCO each year.

Mr. Mai Phan Dung also said that Vietnam has submitted a number of profiles related to Xoe Thai art and traditional pottery art of the Cham people; and continued to study the profile of Ha Long - Cat Ba extension; western Yen Tu relic, and Dong Ho folk painting.

Regarding UNESCO's strategy in Vietnam from 2020 to 2021, UNESCO Chief Representative in Vietnam Michael Croft outlined the framework of UNESCO's cooperation with Vietnam based on four main themes: learning for the future; science for sustainable development; putting culture at the center of development and promoting social development through communication.

Education receives special attention by UNESCO. Accordingly, UNESCO is ready to cooperate with Vietnam in planning education development strategies that are in line with world trends, according to the UNESCO representative./.

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