10:56 | 18/12/2015 Society
(VEN) - The Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO hosted an international scientific seminar on preserving and promoting local world heritage values as seen from the example of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel on November 23, to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the fifth anniversary of recognition of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel as a world heritage site.
The Thang Long Imperial Citadel world cultural heritage site
Making the opening speech at the seminar, Le Hong Son, a member of the Party Standing Committee and Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee, said, “Since being honored as a world cultural heritage site, the Thang Long Imperial Citadel has received attention from the whole country in terms of conservation and value promotion. The heritage site, which includes special monuments and architectural vestiges above and below ground, is always a great interest to scientists and researchers.”
According to Le Hong Son, the difficulties in research, conservation and promotion of the value of the heritage site in the context of modern urban development have been raised at the seminar, also requiring international assistance and consultancy. The seminar is considered as an opportunity for scientists, researchers and managers to review the conservation and promotion of the value of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel and how to continue the approach with other national heritage sites.
At the seminar, participants discussed and put forwards comments on preserving and promoting world heritage values as seen from the example of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel. General Secretary of the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO Pham Sanh Chau said, “In recent years, UNESCO has increasingly focused on the conservation of world heritage sites, along with promoting local heritage site based on sustainable development.”
Pham Sanh Chau appreciated the efforts of the Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center made in the restoration and preservation of the Thang Long Imperial Citadel, recognized related difficulties the center is facing in terms of finance, technology and climate change issues and highlighted its responsibilities in compliance with international commitments made in 2010 when the site was recognized.
“These difficulties are also faced by almost all other localities possessing world heritage sites in the country today. The Thang Long - Hanoi Heritage Conservation Center should devise an action plan for heritage scientific research, management, protection, promotion and sustainable development activities based on related international experience and lessons,” he said.