President of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO Nguyen
Thanh Son has joined representatives from 57 other member countries of the
UNESCO Executive Board at the 187th session in Paris, France.
The participants discussed orientations for future activities of the United
Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) and
preparatory work for the 36th session of the UNESCO General Assembly slated for
At the opening of the board’s session on September 27, Son, who is also Deputy
Foreign Minister, said UNESCO titles given to Vietnam, including the world
cultural heritages, the world biosphere reserves and the world geological parks
have contributed to social and economic development in localities and the
country in general.
The Vietnamese diplomat spoke highly of the organisation’s reform and said that
Vietnam will organise an international seminar next year on the occasion of the
40th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of World Cultural
and Natural Heritages.
For her part, UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova said that the organisation
has recorded important achievements in education, especially for women and
children, apart from outstanding results in science and information.
In addition, the UNESCO Convention on Cultural Diversity has brought into play
its effects in preserving cultures since it was signed in 2005, she added.
Irina Bokova said UNESCO will prioritise promoting the reform of UNESCO in the
context of shrinking finances due to the impact of the global financial
At a meeting with Deputy FM Son, UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova
highlighted Vietnam’s contributions to the success of UNESCO with its
diversified and effective activities in various fields.
She said she hoped Vietnam will make more contributions to the development of
UNESCO, and congratulated the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO on its 35th
founding anniversary (June 15, 2012).