Vietnam Supports “Building Peace in Minds of People” Mission at UNESCO
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu (C) speaks at the UNESCO Executive Board's 214th session. Photo: VNA|
This is the first meeting of the Executive Council for the 2021-2025 term to carry out important and directional decisions of UNESCO. The Vietnamese delegation made important contributions to the meeting.
Speaking at the session, Head of the Vietnamese delegation, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu said the meeting took place at an important time.
The impact of global problems such as the Covid-19 pandemic and armed conflicts affect economic development, increase inequality, and erase development achievements. They also threaten people's lives, peace, security and development of the world.
In that context, UNESCO's mission of "building peace in the minds of people" needs to be respected and pursued.
UNESCO and this session of the Council should focus on making concrete steps in education, culture, science, information and communication.
They need to implement the Mid-term Vision and Strategy 2022-2029, Program and Budget 2022-2025, reinforcing some new issues such as: Open Science, Ethical Issues in Artificial Intelligence, Future of Education. This contributes to the organization of the United Nations "Transforming Education Summit" in September 2022 in New York, and the upcoming preparatory meeting in Paris.
Pham Quang Hieu said that Vietnam always attaches importance to multilateral cooperation and the role of UNESCO particularly. He said Vietnam will continue to make contributions to UNESCO as a member of the Executive Council for the 2022-2025 term.
Deputy FM Hieu also met UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, its Deputy Director-General and the President of the Intergovernmental Committee to discuss the strengthening of cooperation between Vietnam and UNESCO. This is to implement the memorandum of understanding on bilateral collaboration in the 2021-2025 period signed last year within the visit to UNESCO headquarters by Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.
|Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Quang Hieu meets UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay. Photo: VNA|
The Director General of UNESCO appreciated Vietnam's role and contribution to UNESCO's cooperation.
She said she would do her best with the Secretariat to implement measures to strengthen the relationship between UNESCO and Vietnam in 2022, a meaningful year marking the 45th anniversary of Vietnam's accession to UNESCO. She also accepted the invitation to visit Vietnam in 2022.
On the evening of April 5, Deputy Foreign Minister Pham Quang Hieu had a meeting with the Vietnamese community in France. The Deputy Foreign Minister appreciated the Vietnamese Association in France as the core that has made positive contributions to the country and the community.
He shared information about the situation in the country to the community. The Deputy Foreign Minister listened to their aspirations as well as policy proposals for overseas Vietnamese.
Pham Quang Hieu expressed his belief that the Vietnamese community in France will continue to develop, unite, and make contributions to the construction and development of the homeland as well as strengthening Vietnam-France relations.
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