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UNESCO Inscribed Documentary Heritage strengthens Viet Nam’s national identity

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mowcapMr. Kim Kwibae, Head of Culture and Communication Team of the Korean National Commission for UNESCO and Vice-Chair of MOWCAP, shares experiences at the seminar © State Records Management and Archives DepartmentHa Noi, 16 November - Viet Nam’s efforts to promote UNESCO Inscribed Documentary Heritage to strengthen national identity and enhance the image and status of the country, people, and culture of Viet Nam in the international community are of great importance to the country’s development, particularly in its current process of comprehensive international integration.

These efforts have been discussed and identified for their impact in popularizing and promoting the values of documentary heritage in the region and the world, and also strengthened through sharing the experiences and best practices of different countries to increase the efficacy of using UNESCO Inscribed Documentary Heritage for promoting the national image. The development of the forthcoming Action Plan of the National Committee for the Memory of the World Programme in Viet Nam will further reinforce these efforts through the promotion of Viet Nam’s UNESCO Inscribed Documentary Heritage Elements.  

At the moment, Viet Nam has four elements inscribed as documentary heritage under the UNESCO Memory of the World Program including: the Woodblocks of the Nguyen Dynasty, inscribed in 2009; the 82 stone stele records of Royal Examinations of the Le and Mac Dynasties in the Temple of Literature, inscribed in 2010; the Woodblocks of Vinh Nghiem Pagoda, inscribed in 2012; and the Imperial Records of the Nguyen Dynasty, inscribed in 2014. These are highly reliable documentary resources that are particularly valuable for the objective and holistic study of the national history and culture of Viet Nam.
The discussion was part of an International Seminar with the theme “Strengthening national identity through UNESCO Inscribed Documentary Heritage,” organized by the State Records and Archives Department of Viet Nam on 11 November 2014 in Da Lat city. The seminar brought together more than 100 representatives from various national and international heritage management agencies, including those of New Zealand and the Republic of Korea, who exchanged information and experiences in preserving and promoting Documentary Heritage for development.




1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

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