The Director-General of UNESCO, Mr. Ernesto Matoko, praised Vietnam for its strong partnership and cooperation with UNESCO. He highlighted the fruitful collaboration between the two sides, which has served Vietnamese sustainable development and the implementation of the UN 2030 Agenda. Matoko also commended Hanoi for being recognized as a City for Peace and a member of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network, citing it as a successful model of UNESCO projects in the country.

Matoko expressed UNESCO’s commitment to continue supporting and cooperating with Vietnam in the future. Ms. Ha, on her part, emphasized that Hanoi’s cultural development is rooted in the promotion of its rich traditional culture and the integration of global cultural influences. She stated that culture is a strength and a significant driving force for sustainable development. Ha also expressed her desire for UNESCO to continue accompanying Hanoi in cultural projects and assured that the city will fulfill its commitments to the organization.

During the event, Ms. Ha presented a certificate of merit to Mr. Matoko in recognition of his contributions to the preservation and promotion of the Thang Long-Hanoi cultural heritage.