Vietnam and UNESCO Strengthen Collaboration

During a recent meeting, Deputy Minister of Science and Technology, Tran Hong Thai, had a productive conversation with Jonathan Baker, the Chief Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam. Deputy Minister Thai expressed his confidence in the potential of collaboration in the field of science and technology to support Vietnam in achieving its socio-economic development objectives.

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The headquarters of UNESCO. Photo: azernews

Thai congratulated Jonathan on starting his working term in Vietnam in the context that Vietnam and UNESCO have committed to promoting a deeper and more practical relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding on cooperation in the 2021-2025 period signed during Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh‘s visit and working session with UNESCO in November 2021. The two sides pledged to expand cooperation in natural sciences, culture, and education, VietnamPlus said.

Emphasizing that Vietnam’s legal corridor on science and technology has been increasingly improved, creating favorable conditions for research and innovation activities, Thai said that in 2021, Vietnam passed some important documents, including a national strategy on research, development, and application of artificial intelligence (AI) until 2030.

Thai believed that the Vietnam – UNESCO cooperation on science and technology will contribute to realizing Vietnam’s socio-economic development goals as well as proactively promoting cooperation and international integration on science, technology, and innovation.

Chief Representative of UNESCO in Vietnam Jonathan Baker. Photo: VNA

Promoting Vietnam’s participation in the network of science and technology centers recognized and sponsored by UNESCO will create trust, enhance national prestige and position, and help Vietnamese science integrate deeply into the region and the world, he said.

The Deputy Minister expressed his belief that Baker, during his term in Vietnam, will further promote cooperative relations between Vietnam and UNESCO in areas, including natural sciences, oceanography, water security, biodiversity, water resource management, sustainable development, and climate change response.

For his part, Baker said that UNESCO is a leading multilateral organization in making recommendations related to important, contemporary issues, including recommendations on ethics in AI.

He said UNESCO will support Vietnam and provide it with recommendations on ethics in AI and integrity in research.

According to former Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van 2023 was a successful year for Vietnam’s multilateral external relations and cultural diplomacy at the UNESCO, VOV said.

In her opinion, the two sides should focus on five major tasks – actively proposing ideas and initiatives and optimizing UNESCO’s policies in realizing national targets; continuing to make the Vietnam-UNESCO partnership deeper, more substantial, and effective; engaging in the building and submitting dossiers of Vietnamese heritage for UNESCO titles to create more resources and encourage sustainable socio-economic development models in localities; continuing to show strong performance in implementing the country’s positions in five key management mechanisms of UNESCO; and pioneering in popularising the image of the nation, people and culture of Vietnam to the world./.

Rosy Huong