Vietnam UNESCO National Committee Proposes Southeast Asian Heritage Network

Vietnam UNESCO National Committee has proposed establishing a network to keep an eye on, develop and preserve heritage sites in Southeast Asia to raise public awareness on preservation of these areas and to sustain and protect the environment. The proposal was offered at a conference on the 1972 UNESCO World Heritage Convention and sustainable development which took place in the northern province of Ninh Binh on Tuesday, reports VietnamPlus.

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Halong Bay VietnamThe conference, co-organized by UNESCO's World Heritage Centre and Vietnam UNESCO National Committee, aimed to encourage member countries to think about long-term plans on heritages. Kishore Rao, director of UNESCO's World Heritage Center, stressed that since the convention was established in 1972, 192 nations have signed up.

Participants at the conference agreed that the preservation of the world's natural and cultural heritages need to be carried out regularly and continuously. To achieve sustainable development, the member countries are required to design master plans and set up a system to supervise the process of socio-economic construction and development, to avoid negative impacts on heritages.

They also highlighted the need for effective measures to balance heritage preservation, economic development and tourist attraction. Addressing the conference, Pham Cao Phong, Secretary General of the Vietnam UNESCO National Committee, said that during the past 25 years, ministries, sectors, local governments and related agencies of Vietnam have effectively implemented the convention.

Many policies related to the field have been applied widely and deeply, contributing to promoting the image of UNESCO as well as protecting the country's quintessence to transfer to younger generations.

On the occasion, the committee floated a proposal to establish a network to supervise, preserve and develop world heritages in Southeast Asia, aiming to raise public awareness and responsibility towards the heritages, encouraging them to protect the environment and develop the tourism economy in a sustainable manner.

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