The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) has adopted a resolution honouring Vietnamese poet Nguyen Du and other world famous people at its ongoing 37th General Assembly in Paris.

Speaking on the sidelines of the UNESCO General Assembly, Deputy Foreign Minister Nguyen Thanh Son, who is also Chairman of the Vietnam National UNESCO Commission, noted it is a great honour for Vietnam.

He said the UNESCO has recognised the global influence of Nguyen Du’s “The Tale of Kieu” – an epic poem in the Nom characters (ancient Vietnamese characters) for its creativity, independent thinking and distillation of Vietnamese culture.

The masterpiece has been translated into over 20 foreign languages so far.

Nguyen Du was recognised by the World Peace Council as one of the world’s cultural celebrities in 1965.-VNA