Vietnam proposes heritage network

17th Sep 2012

An international heritage network to develop and preserve historic sites in Asia and boost public awareness has been called for by the Vietnam Unesco National Committee.

VietnamPlus reported the proposals were put forward at the Unesco World Heritage Convention held in Ninh Binh in northern Vietnam.

Organised by Unesco's World Heritage Centre and Vietnam Unesco National Committee, the conference aimed to encourage the 192 member nations to start thinking about long-term plans for their own heritage sites.

Participants at the conference agreed more effort has to be made to preserve the world's natural and cultural heritage sites. Member countries will design master-plans and set up a system to supervise the process of socio-economic construction and development to avoid negative impacts on heritages.

Pham Cao Phong, secretary general of the Vietnam Unesco National Committee, told attendees that in the past quarter of a century local governments, sectors, ministers and other agencies have worked together to preserve the country's heritage sites.

He added that policies related to the field have been applied, contributing to promoting the image of Unesco as well as educating younger generations about Vietnam's history and heritage.

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