UNESCO aims to help Hanoi become creative capital of Asia hinh anh 1At the meeting between Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue (right) and UNESCO Representative to Vietnam Michael Croft (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA)
- Secretary of the Hanoi Party Committee Vuong Dinh Hue spoke highly of UNESCO activities in Vietnam in recent times during a meeting with UNESCO Representative to Vietnam Michael Croft on September 9.

Vietnam’s capital was honoured to be recognised by UNESCO as a “City for Peace” and included in the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, he said, describing this as momentum for Hanoi to develop more sustainably and rapidly in the time ahead.

Croft congratulated Vietnam and Hanoi in particular on their achievements in the fight against COVID-19.

During its development, Hanoi has paid due attention to upholding the values of cultural heritage, he said, adding that by including Hanoi in the Creative Cities Network, UNESCO Vietnam hopes to promote such values.

Hanoi is expected to change from a creative city to a creative entrepot and then the creative capital of Southeast Asia and Asia, on the basis of heritage, culture, and peace, becoming a dynamic and creative city worth living in in the 21st century.

To that end, UNESCO is working on a project with the main pillars of education, urbanisation, culture, and soft power that has attracted the attention of many partners worldwide, including those in Vietnam, according to Croft.

He stressed that, under the project, UNESCO will help Hanoi link with other countries in the world as well as those who are interested in the city’s development.

In this regard, Hue said Hanoi aims to become a green, smart, and modern city by 2030, and a city worth living in by 2045, with importance attached to traditional values and its image as a heroic city and “City for Peace”.

The capital is building a project that gathers ideas and initiatives from experts, scientists, and lovers of Hanoi, to make a creative city worth living in, Hue said./.