Vietnam has always defined culture as the spiritual foundation of the society and the driving force and ultimate goal of socio-economic development, Minister of Culture, Sports and Tourism Hoang Tuan Anh has said.

The minister made the statement at the United Nations General Assembly thematic debate on “Culture and Sustainable Development in the Post-2015 Development Agenda” in New York on May 5.

He stated that in 2009, the Government of Vietnam adopted the “National Strategy on Culture Development until 2020” with specific programmes, measures and action plans.

“The strategy aims to ensure that culture contributes to sustainable development in line with international trends reflected in relevant resolutions, recommendations and international treaties of the United Nations, including those of UNESCO,” he added.

As a developing country actively engaging in the world, Vietnam affirms the important role of culture in the global post-2015 development agenda, said Anh, who stressed the need to include culture in sustainable development programmes.

“Vietnam calls for strengthened cooperation and global partnership with participation of all relevant stakeholders, including Governments, the United Nations, the business sector and civil society to ensure that cultural elements are deeply absorbed into development programmes of each nation and the international community,” he said.

The country highly appreciates the United Nations General Assembly, Governments, international organisations and relevant partners for supporting developing countries in setting up and planning of sustainable development policies, capacity building, human resources development and technical assistance in order to assert an adequate role of culture in the sustainable development programmes of all countries.-VNA