16:06 | 05/01/2016 Society
(VEN) - A workshop to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions (Convention 2005) was organized recently in Hanoi, with a focus on the protection of cultural values.
The Hue Festival has attracted participants from 53 countries and territories worldwide
The Convention 2005, which is considered as an international legally-binding instrument, aims to protect and promote the persity of cultural expressions including cultural activities, goods and services.
It also confirms the rights of the state and the government in formulating and implementing cultural policies, while providing a favorable legal framework for participants to protect, promote and benefit from perse cultural expressions through international cooperation. Vietnam officially ratified the Convention 2005 on August 7, 2007 in an effort to protect and promote the persity of cultural expressions of the country’s 54 ethnic groups.
According to Nguyen Phuong Hoa, the Director of the International Cooperation Department under the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Vietnam has prided an active and responsible participant of the Convention 2005 since its participation in 2007 and is developing domestic cultural industries via assistance from the British Council and the Danish Embassy.
At the workshop, Director of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi Katherine Muller-Marin appreciated Vietnam’s efforts to promote national cultural expression, enriching the global cultural persity and acknowledged the great contribution of the Vietnam Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ External Culture and UNESCO Department and Secretariat of the Vietnam National Committee for UNESCO in promoting the process of dialogue and international exchange.
The Hue Festival has been considered as one of key activities to implement the protection and promotion of the persity of the country’s cultural expression, featuring outstanding UNESCO-recognized intangible cultural heritages and famous and unique styled art groups and artists across the country. These events have contributed significantly to promoting local cultural heritages including court and folk festivities in a new constructive and creative manner. The eight festivals so far have attracted participants from 53 countries and territories worldwide who came and provided hundreds of art performances. The Hue Festival provides a platform for those who want to share their love of culture and art with each other and promote cultural cooperation, said Deputy Director of the Hue Festival Center Huynh Tien Dat.
The establishment of multilateral cooperation is viewed as key in the protection and promotion of the persity of cultural expressions, being aware that cultural persity creates a rich and varied world, which increases the range of choices and nurtures capacities and values, and therefore is a mainspring for sustainable development for communities, peoples and nations.
The international legally binding Convention 2005 emphasizes the vital role of cultural interaction and creativity, which nurture and renew cultural expressions and enhance the role played by those involved in the development of culture.
The Convention 2005 brings participants, including Vietnam, a country with 54 ethnic groups, opportunities to promote and benefit from perse cultural values, said Katherine Muller-Marin.
Director of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi Katherine Muller-Marin said, “The UNESCO will continue supporting Vietnam in implementing the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, particularly through the Memorandum of Cooperation between UNESCO and Vietnam during the 2016-2020 period, which is scheduled to be signed on December 1, 2015.”