via various sources, 23 November 2023: Vietnam was elected as a member of the World Heritage Committee for the 2023-27 term, achieving the highest number of votes among Asia-Pacific states. The election, part of the 24th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the World Heritage Convention in Paris, highlights Vietnam’s growing influence in global cultural diplomacy and its commitment to heritage conservation and sustainable development.
The election took place within the framework of the 24th session of the General Assembly of States Parties to the Convention concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage (World Heritage Convention) in Paris.
Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hà Kim Ngọc, who is also Chairman of the Việt Nam National Commission for UNESCO, said this is the second time Việt Nam has been elected to the most important executive body for culture of UNESCO.
The high number of votes also reflected Việt Nam’s prestige in the international arena, the international community’s trust in and support for its contribution and chairmanship capacity at global multilateral institutions, as well as the recognition of the country’s practical contributions to UNESCO and the preservation and promotion of heritage values in Vietnam and the world, he went on.