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Ha Giang receives UNESCO certification on Dong Van Plateau

In Uncategorized on December 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

A ceremony to receive UNESCO recognition of Dong Van Stone Plateau as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks (GGN) was held in the northern mountainous province of Ha Giang on Dec. 1.

The ceremony of recognition of Dong Van Stone Plateau as a member of the Global Network of National Geoparks is organized in Ha Giang province on December 1.

The chief Representative of the UNESCO Office in Hanoi , Katherine Muller Marin and Secretary General of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee Pham Sanh Chau, handed over the UNESCO certificate to Ha Giang province.

Addressing the ceremony, Secretary General of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee Chau said that the success of Dong Van Stone Plateau Geological Park is the result of pure determination to create Vietnam ’s first geological park in Ha Giang.

Chau also highlighted the selection of a geological park development model by Ha Giang People’s Committee to eradicate hunger, reduce poverty and step up socio-economic development.

The plateau is Vietnam ’s first pilot model of a geological park for the future and this will promote Vietnam ’s image around the world, said Chau.

It will help eliminate hunger and reduce poverty for more than 250,000 local people on the plateau, he added.

Dong Van Stone Plateau was recognised as GGN member on October 3, 2010. The plateau has now become Vietnam ’s first geological park and only the second geological park in Southeast Asia, after the Langkawi Geological Park in Malaysia .

Dong Van, which has remained untouched for hundreds of millions of years, has mammoth rocks spread over the four districts of Quan Ba, Yen Minh, Meo Vac, and Dong Van, and is 1,000m above sea level.

The plateau is 80 percent limestone and has the fossils of thousands of species of prehistoric creatures from 400-600 million years ago.

It is also home to several cultures that have sprung up over the centuries. The 574 plateau now houses 250,000 people belonging to 17 different ethnic groups.

Source: SGGP

Copy of giant poetry book presented to UNESCO

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2010 at 6:57 am

UNESCO gives museum copy of resolurion honoring President Ho Chi Minh

In Uncategorized on October 14, 2010 at 2:48 pm

UNESCO General Director Irina Bokova on Saturday gave Ho Chi Minh Museum a book of the UNESCO General Assembly resolutions, including Resolution 18.65 on honoring President Ho Chi Minh as a hero of national liberation and a world cultural celebrity.

General Director of the UNESCO Irina Bokova at the exhibition on President Ho Chi Minh.(

Speaking at the exhibition entitled “Ho Chi Minh and Lifelong Study” opened in the  museum, the UNESCO  leader said that President Ho Chi Minh who founded the independent Vietnam country, was deeply aware of the important of education for people.
She also expressed her respect to President Ho Chi Minh, who is an example of the lifelong study.
The exhibition has been holding to support the “Studying and Following Uncle Ho’s Moral Example” campaign and mark the Vietnam Study Encouragement Day (October, 2).

Source: SGGP

Thang Long citadel to be considered for UNESCO recognition

In Uncategorized on July 15, 2010 at 1:04 pm

The World Heritage Committee will consider the request for the inscription of the Thang Long Royal Citadel on UNESCO’s list of World Heritage sites when it convents its 34th session in Brazil from July 25 to August 3.

Thang Long Royal Citadel relic

According to a recent press release from UNESCO, at the meeting, 35 members of the World Heritage Convention will submit a list of sites for recognition.

Among 32 newly-submitted sites are six natural, 24 cultural and two natural-cultural heritage sites.

The committee will also evaluate the preservation of 31 recognized world heritage sites which are now in danger of being lost and consider adding new sites to the list.

Currently, the world heritage list comprises 890 sites, of which 689 are recognized for their cultural value, 176 for their natural value and 25 for their natural-cultural value to the world’s heritage.

Source: SGGP

Bac Ninh Festival starts, receives UNESCO certificate

In Uncategorized on April 18, 2010 at 5:50 pm

The 2010 Bac Ninh Festival kicked off at the Kinh Bac Cultural Center in northern Bac Ninh Province April 17.

A view of the 2010 Bac Ninh Festival, which kicked off April 17 in Bac Ninh Province. (Photo: 

The five-day event comprises an incense-offering ceremony at Do Temple, the Bac Ninh Trade and Tourism Fair, a provincial Social and Economic Achievements Exhibition, and the 20th annual Quan Ho singing contest.

Other activities include water puppetry shows, wrestling matches, badminton games, a dove releasing ceremony, and other cultural and art performances.
On the opening day, the festival also featured a ceremony to highlight the fact that Quan Ho Bac Ninh (traditional romantic folk singing) and Ca Tru (ceremonial singing) have been recognized by UNESCO as a World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

During the event, UNESCO chief representative in Hanoi, Katherine Muller Marin, handed the official certificate to Bac Ninh Province Party Secretary Nguyen Cong Ngo.
A 15-minute fireworks performance was also held to the delight of visitors.

Speaking at the opening ceremony of the festival, National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Phu Trong said that with the UNESCO recognition, Quan Ho Bac Ninh and Ca Tru will be officially acknowledged and preserved for their unique cultural significance.

This is a great source of pride not only for Bac Ninh Province but also for the entire country, he said.

Source: SGGP

UNESCO to fund preservation of ancient Hanoi site

In Uncategorized on November 11, 2009 at 11:06 am

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung has given the green light to include Thang Long, the ancient site of Hanoi, in a list of relics whose preservation will be financed by the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel is shown in an ancient map

The project will get non-refundable aid of US $1.1 million.

Earlier this year the Center for Preservation of Co Loa – Hanoi Ancient Citadel Relics sent the profile of Thang Long – Hanoi Imperial Citadel to UNESCO for consideration to recognize it as a world cultural heritage site.

The citadel, excavated in December 2002, covers an area of 19 hectares in Ba Dinh District. But it is believed to extend over 40 hectares in all.


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Traditional Vietnamese music recognized by UNESCO

In Vietnam Culture on October 2, 2009 at 10:08 am

Quan ho Bac Ninh singing (Bac Ninh folk love duets) and Ca tru (ceremonial songs) have recently been recognized as “an intangible world heritage” by UNESCO, said an official of the Ministry of Culture, Sport and Tourism.

                   Quan ho Bac Ninh singing

Accordingly, Ca tru has been listed as a “cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding.”

Quan Ho Bac Ninh singing was recognized as an “intangible cultural heritage of humanity” at the fourth session of the UNESCO International Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Heritage, which took place in Abu Dhabi, UAE, from September 28 to October 2.

A total of 111 cultural items from 34 nations were nominated as “intangible cultural heritage in need of urgent safeguarding,” but only 15 have been approved, said Le Thi Minh Ly, deputy head of the Department of Cultural Heritage.

One of the highlights for two cultural items of Vietnam is the feasibility of an action plan for heritage protection, she added.

Ca tru is highly appreciated for its art value in the Vietnamese culture. Ca tru, which dates back to the 15th century, has also been listed among 12 “intangible global cultural heritage traditions in danger of disappearing.”

Meanwhile Quan ho singing is highly valued for its special cultural value, performance art and singing skills, with its unique customs, language and costumes.

“It is not just a source of happiness for the people in the northern province of Bac Ninh, the homeland of Quan ho singing, originating around the 13th century, it is also the pride of the Vietnamese people,” said “Meritorious Artist” Ta Thi Hinh, chairwoman of the Bac Ninh Province’s Quan ho singing club.

Previously, Nha Nhac Hue (Hue royal court music) of the Nguyen Dynasty, and the Space of Cong Chieng (gongs) Culture in the Central Highlands, were also recognized by UNESCO as part of the World Intangible Cultural Heritage.

Nguyen Dang Tuc, director of the Bac Ninh Department of Culture, Sport and Tourism, said that the Government should promote community awareness of protection and development of recognized cultural heritage; keep and foster folk music for the next generations, especially young people; and study, collect and preserve special features of Quan ho singing, as well as enhance the quality of Quan ho singing festivals to discover and foster new talent.

Source: SGGP

Phong Nha-Ke Bang Park reapplies for UNESCO recognition

In Vietnam Travel on September 13, 2009 at 3:18 am

The Management Board of Phong Nha- Ke Bang National Park September 11 sent a proposal to UNESCO in Paris, France, for recognition of Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park’s bio-diversification and to remain included on the World Heritage List, said Luu Minh Thanh, director of the Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park.

Ha Tinh vooc (Ha Tinh langur) at Phong Nha – Ke Bang National Park, Quang Binh Province. (Photo: SGGP)

As the park’s recognition must be resubmitted every five years, the board has coordinated with local experts for the last two years to write the proposal in order to fulfill the new biological diversification criteria required by UNESCO.

The profile also showed a cypress-tree forest in Limestone Mountain, it is 400 years old and 500 meters high.

In July, 2003, Phong Nha-Ke Bang National Park, central province of Quang Binh, was placed on the World Heritage List for its geomorphologic and geological features.

Apart from the outstanding karst formations, Phong Nha-Ke Bang has been proved to have global specific values for biological diversification.

It was assessed to be one of 200 world centers of biological diversification, and two of 60 important bird habitations in Vietnam. It has a unique beauty which cannot be found in anywhere else in the world.

Of the many species in the park, 116 plants and 129 animals have been listed in Vietnam’s Red Book. Twenty-eight of the plants have high economic and scientific values and are in danger of extinction at the global level.

Vietnamese and international scientists said that biological diversification, as well as hidden values of the national park, will become valuable scientific tools for natural preservation, tourism promotion and socio-economic development.


Source: SGGP

Red River bio-reserve receives UNESCO title

In Uncategorized on October 18, 2008 at 12:56 pm

HA NOI — The Song Hong (Red) River Delta Biosphere Reserve, has received official UNESCO recognition at a ceremony in the Xuan Thuy Ramsar Site, Nam Dinh Province.

The event on Monday also revealed the new management board of the protected area.

The reserve is the first of its kind in Southeast Asia to be jointly run by three provinces, said director of Ramsar Site Nguyen Viet Cach. These provinces are Nam Dinh, Ninh Binh and Thai Binh.

“UNESCO recognition will create a new environment for sustainable development in the area,” said Nguyen Thu Hue, Director of Marinelife Conservation and Community, and technical advisor to the park.

The protected area is home to one of the largest remaining tracts of mangrove forest in Viet Nam, with some 30 species of mangrove and many endangered species of flora and fauna. The Xuan Thuy Ramsar Site was one of the first in Southeast Asia to receive recognition by the Ramsar Convention on Wetlands in 2001.

The Red River site includes two main nature reserves: one each in Giao Thuy and Tien Hai districts. Each reserve is surrounded by a set of buffer zones and transition areas. Over 128,000 people live in the biosphere park, mainly in the outlying areas.

The 12,500ha Tien Hai reserve is particularly important for birdlife. The area hosts 150 different waterbird species. Some of these are listed as rare in Viet Nam’s Red Book, including the spot-billed pelican and the black-faced spoonbill.

The nature reserve is also home to more than 100 aquatic animal species including around 80 fish and 20 crustacean species.

However, the coastal wetland ecosystem is facing destruction. Along with over-fishing and mangrove deforestation, pollution is destroying the mangrove forests and reducing marine stocks.

An annual meeting on management experience exchanging among national heritage and biosphere reserves was also held at the Xuan Thuy Ramsar Site. —