An international conference on harnessing the values of UNESCO titles for sustainable development in Vietnam opened at Bai Dinh Pagoda in the northern province of Ninh Binh on July 3.
In attendance were leaders from the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO and its related subcommittees; top leaders from Ninh Binh’s management authorities and relevant management agencies; representatives from localities holding UNESCO titles, and 200 experts, including domestic and international scholars.
|Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee Pham Quang Ngoc gives opening remarks |
Speaking at the three-day event co-hosted by the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO and Ninh Binh People’s Committee, Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee Pham Quang Ngoc said Ninh Binh is the only place in Vietnam to possess ‘double’ UNESCO titles.
Recognising that these are resources and motivating forces for development, after more than three decades from its re-establishment, Ninh Binh has embraced strategic breakthroughs gearing towards green and sustainable development.
For a couple of years, the province’s economy has been developing harmoniously in the three sectors of agriculture-industry and services, in which the tourism sector has managed robust growth and is gradually becoming the province’s spearhead.
Ngoc said he hoped that the delegates would share experience and visions in shaping a specialised mechanism to unlock and mobilise resources for heritage conservation and development.
“The conference is also an opportunity for Ninh Binh province and localities, and global partners generally to promote propel cooperation, exchange of experience and the shared vision for the conservation and bringing forth of UNESCO title values,” said Ngoc.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Ha Kim Ngoc said localities with UNESCO-recognised heritage sites were facing multiple challenges, the greatest of which is how to reach a harmony of economic development and heritage conservation.
He proposed that participants share success stories of localities in harnessing UNESCO titles for sustainable development, which will provide valuable lessons for those in the process of building UNESCO nomination dossiers or seeking additional UNESCO titles.
|Leaders of ministries and departments of Ninh Binh province, international guests, and delegates |
Addressing the conference, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Nguyen Van Hung said that since becoming a UNESCO member in 1976, Vietnamese people have brought this consciousness into diverse cooperative activities with other partners, particularly with UNESCO, and that the Vietnam-UNESCO relationship served as a good model for efficient cooperation.
|Many UNESCO-recognised cultural heritage sites have become well-known tourist attractions, contributing to driving local development. |
With its vast and diverse cultural and natural resources, Vietnam has won UNESCO's recognition for eight world cultural and natural heritages, 15 intangible cultural heritages, nine documentary heritages, three global geoparks, and 11 world biosphere reserves, said Hung in his opening remark at the conference.
He noted that many UNESCO-recognised cultural heritage sites had become well-known tourist attractions, contributing to driving local development.
Deemed as a sacred land naturally endowed with bountiful resources, Ninh Binh has emerged as one of the most lucrative tourist attractions domestically and internationally.
In 2023, Ninh Binh won the Traveller Review Awards, the only representative of Vietnam in the top 10 friendliest destinations in the world.
Forbes voted Ninh Binh as one of the top 23 must-visit destinations in the world.
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| ||Towards a modern and sustainably developed Ninh Binh |
Ninh Binh province’s general planning for the rest of this decade, with vision towards 2050, has just been greenlit by the government. Pham Quang Ngoc, Chairman of Ninh Binh People’s Committee, elaborated with La Quy Hung on the nuts and bolts of the plan, focusing on the key tasks to implement in the forthcoming years.
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Deemed as a sacred land naturally endowed with bountiful resources, plus holding a strategic position in the Red River Delta, Ninh Binh province has risen to self-balance its budget, creating key pillars for fast and sustainable development.
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