HN joins UNESCO Creative Cities Network


VGP - The government of Ha Noi has held a ceremony to formally announce that the Vietnamese capital city joined the UNESCO Creative Cities Network (UCCN).

The event was attended by Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Hoai Trung, Ha Noi Mayor Nguyen Duc Chung and Chief Representative of the UNESCO Office in Viet Nam Michael Croft.

At the ceremony to celebrate Ha Noi’s joining of the UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network as a Creative City for Design Chairman of the Ha Noi People’s Committee Nguyen Duc Chung said joining the Creative Cities Network, Ha Noi wishes to become not only an active member but also an envoy for sustainable development. 

Ha Noi will put forth programs and actions to realize the soft power potential of its thousand years of civilization

Mayor Chung affirmed that the admission to the Creative Cities Network helps Viet Nam’s capital city build and promote its competitive position in attracting investment, stimulating urban renovation, focusing on educational programs, becoming the venue for important cultural events and fostering sustainable development.

The result is considered the initial step yet significant for the goals of empowering and creating a more attractive image of Ha Noi.

In his remarks, Head of UNESCO’s Office in Viet Nam Michael Croft stressed that building on the city’s legacy of inclusion and tolerance as a UNESCO City for Peace, Creative City is a designation for the 21st Century, one that represents the future vision of the city that reflects Viet Nam’s objectives as an energized and engaged actor in the region and the world.

The network was created in 2004 with the goal of using cultural and creative resources as the foundation for sustainable urban development. To date, the UCCN has granted membership to 246 cities around the world.

As a culturally rich city, Ha Noi applied to join the network in the field of design and its application was approved in October 2019.

To celebrate the joining, the Ha Noi government has opened a festival on folk culture in contemporary life, honoring and promoting creative designs based on folk cultural heritage and knowledge.

The festival sees the participation of hundreds of artisans from creative trade villages such as Van Phuc silk, Bat Trang ceramics, Ngu Xa bronze casting and Ha Thai lacquerware.

By Vien Nhu