The relationship between world heritage conservation and sustainable development has been a key issues at a three-day workshop in Ninh Binh that kicked off yesterday.
The workshop aims to discuss a draft of the policy to integrate a sustainable development perspective into the processes of the World Heritage Convention, in accordance with the 2012 request by the World Heritage Committee at its 36th Session in Saint Petersburg.
“Viet Nam’s world heritage sites have received strong support from UNESCO, foreign individuals and organisations in different fields to conserve and develop their values,” said Dang Thi Bich Lien, deputy minister of the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, at the workshop’s opening ceremony.
After recognised by UNESCO, the world cultural and natural heritage sites in Viet Nam became more popular, improving Viet Nam’s image around the world, according to Lien.
“The world heritage sites have promoted tourism development and economic growth in the areas where they are located. Community awareness about the significance and value of heritage sites has been raised,” the deputy minister said.
Participants made presentations yesterday regarding eight aspects of the sustainable development policy: economic development, environmental sustainability, social development, peace and security, resilience to disasters and climate change, human rights, gender equality, and indigenous peoples and local communities.
Exhibitions and activities are also being held on the occasion, including the Connecting the World Heritage exhibition.
At Bai Dinh Pagoda, photos and documentations of the country’s eight world heritage sites are displayed. These sites are Thang Long Royal Citadel Relics, Ha Long Bay, Citadel of the Ho Dynasty, Hoi An Ancient Town, My Son Sanctuary, Trang An Tourism Complex, Hue Imperial Citadel and Phong Nha Ke Bang National Park.
A fine arts fair and photography show depicting Trang An Landscape will also be held.
The ceremony where Trang An complex receives UNESCO world heritage certification will be broadcast live on VTV1 and Ninh Binh Radio and Television Broadcasting Station today at 7.45pm