Vietnam Takes Part in UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development

As an active and responsible member of the international community, Vietnam is fully aware of the role of culture as a driver of sustainable development and demonstrates a deep commitment to the realization of the 2030 Agenda.

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Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung and speakers at the thematic session entitled “Culture for sustainable development”.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung (second from the right) and speakers at the thematic session entitled “Culture for sustainable development”.

A delegation of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism led by Minister Nguyen Van Hung joined more than 2,500 delegates from 161 countries and territories at the UNESCO World Conference on Cultural Policies and Sustainable Development (MONDIACULT) 2022 held in Mexico from September 28-30, VNA reported.

During the event, representatives from around the world seek to find new ways to better incorporate the needs of culture into policy-making and investigate how culture can contribute to stimulate sustainability.

The global conference also looked at the role of cultural policies in tackling global challenges as well as map current cultural trends, including the repercussions of the Covid-19 pandemic for arts and culture.

One of the main aims of the conference is to pave the way for the full integration of culture as a global public good as part of the last decade of action for the implementation of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.

Accompanying the minister at these activities were Vietnamese Ambassador to Mexico Nguyen Hoanh Nam, Director of the Department of International Cooperation Nguyen Phuong Hoa and Director of the Vietnam National Institute of Culture and Arts Nguyen Thi Thu Phuong.

During a thematic session entitled “Culture for sustainable development”, Hung shared Vietnam’s experience and recommendation on identifying and fully assessing the role and contributions of culture for sustainable development, as well as the building and development of cultural policies in the coming time.

Vietnam is fully aware of the role of culture as a driving force for sustainable development and commits to carrying out and achieving the 2030 Agenda, the minister underlined.

To capitalise on the country’s diverse cultural heritage and young and creative human resources, the Vietnamese Government has exerted efforts in building strategies, particularly the one for the development of cultural industries by 2030, he said, adding that Vietnam is also among the first countries to pilot the culture index to review cultural databases, policy frameworks and development programmes.

The culture sector currently accounts for 3.6% of Vietnam’s GDP, Hung said, adding that improving working conditions and welfare of cultural workers will be a priority in policies of Vietnam and the world in the time to come.

Minister Nguyen Van Hung presents souvenirs to UNESCO Chairperson of the Executive Board Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili.
Minister Nguyen Van Hung presents souvenirs to UNESCO Chairperson of the Executive Board Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili.

Meeting with UNESCO Chairperson of the Executive Board Tamara Rastovac Siamashvili, Hung expressed his hope that UNESCO will continue to support Vietnam in heritage conservation and the revision of the Law on Cultural Heritage.

For her part, Siamashvili spoke highly of Vietnam’s responsible participation in and contributions to UNESCO.

On the occasion of the delegation attend the MONDIACULT 2022, the Vietnamese Embassy in Mexico coordinated with relevant units to arrange working meetings between the delegation and partner agencies of Mexico to discuss the measures to further strengthen the cultural and artistic cooperation between Vietnam and Mexico.

The minister also met Mexican Secretary of Culture Alejandra Frausto Guerrero to discuss measures to strengthen bilateral cultural cooperation, during which the sides affirmed the special role of culture for both countries, shared their priorities in the building and implementation of cultural policies and measures for socio-economic development and the realisation of sustainable development goals.

They agreed that culture and art exchange will serve as a driving force for the Vietnam-Mexico ties, and foster solidarity, friendship and mutual understanding between peoples of the countries.

The Mexican government and Secretariat of Culture wants to boost ties with Vietnam in culture-art and particular fields such as cinematography, exhibitions and archaeology, Frausto Guerrero stressed.

The two ministers consented to sign a cooperation agreement as soon as possible in sectors of mutual concern, as the two countries are looking forward to bringing the relations to a comprehensive partnership in the coming time.

Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung meets with Mexican Secretary of Culture Alejandra Frausto Guerrero.
Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung meets with Mexican Secretary of Culture Alejandra Frausto Guerrero.
Minister Nguyen Van Hung had a working session with the head of the culture and cinematography committee of Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Carlos Francisco Ortiz Tejeda.
Minister Nguyen Van Hung had a working session with the head of the culture and cinematography committee of Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Carlos Francisco Ortiz Tejeda.

Meeting with the head of the culture and cinematography committee of Mexican Chamber of Deputies, Carlos Francisco Ortiz Tejeda, Hung proposed the Mexican side uphold cultural values of President Ho Chi Minh in Mexican localities where the late President’s statues are placed, and increase cultural exchange through holding film weeks and annual exhibitions of Vietnam and Mexico.

He welcomed Mexican filmmakers to Vietnam for filming, and invited Mexico to send films to attend the sixth Hanoi International Film Festival slated for November.

The delegation pays tribute President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in the History Center of Mexican City.
The delegation pays tribute President Ho Chi Minh at his monument in the History Center of Mexican City.

On this occasion, the delegation came to offer flowers at the monument of President Ho Chi Minh in the History Center of Mexican Capital.

The bronze statue capturing the late President’s image while he was working in the flower garden at the Presidential Palace was made by Mexican sculptor Pedro Ramirez Ponzanell, who also sculpted the life-size statue of President Ho Chi Minh standing at the History Centre of Mexico City in 2009.

Hannah Nguyen