UNESCO values Vietnam’s contributions hinh anh 1UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova received Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung (left) (Source: VNA)

Paris (VNA)
– Vietnam has made practical and concrete contributions to realising the mission of the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), the head of the UN agency said.

UNESCO Director General Irina Bokova made the praise during her April 28 reception for President of Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO - Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung, who leads the Vietnamese delegation to the 201st session of UNESCO Executive Board in Paris from April 19- May 5.

Vietnam has always been among the leading nations in implementing successful the programmes and activities of the UN agency, she said.

On the occasion, Trung expressed his pleasure at the growing cooperative relations between Vietnam and UNESCO, particularly in implementing the cooperation agreement jointly signed in 2015.

He affirmed that Vietnam will continue actively participating in the organisation’s activities, while expressing his hope for continued UNESCO’s support for Vietnam in education, science, culture and information.

Trung expressed his thanks to Irina Bokova for her contribution to strengthening relations between Vietnam and UNESCO, and invited Bokova to visit Vietnam to discuss measures to enhance bilateral cooperation.

The UNESCO Executive Board’s 201st session discussed implementation of UNESCO’s programmes and orientations, drafted plans and budgets for 2018-2021, and prepared for the 39th session of the General Conference slated for November.

Also during the session, the Executive Board interviewed nine candidates for the UNESCO General Director post for the tenure 2017-2021. One of the candidates is Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau of Vietnam.

During the session’s meetings, Deputy Foreign Minister Trung suggested UNESCO continue contributing to peacekeeping activities and tackling newly arising challenges such as increasing terrorist activities and extremism development.

Vietnam also called for strengthening connection between the development agenda of the United Nations and UNESCO activities, and more experience sharing in mobilizing resources for projects and programmes.-VNA