The ASEAN’s UNESCO Creative Cities Network Conference took place at Hanoi Museum on November 18, as part of the Hanoi Creative Design Festival 2023, with a focus on Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Development.

Attending the conference were Ms. Vu Thu Ha, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee; Mr. Do Dinh Hong, Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports and the delegates representing UNESCO Creative Cities from countries in Southeast Asia, Japan, Vietnam and representatives of provinces and cities throughout the country.

Speaking at the opening of the conference, Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Vu Thu Ha confirmed that becoming a member UNESCO Creative Cities Network was a step for the city to establish its brand, popularise its image in all fields of cultural creation, and join the group of global cities with innovation-oriented development that matches the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Vu Thu Ha delivered the opening speech at the conference.

After 4 challenging years of implementing the initiatives to promote design in cultural, economic and social development programs, Hanoi has fully implemented the required initiatives and commitments to apply to join the UNESCO Creative Cities Network.

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Delegates photos.

Notably, Hanoi city is the first municipality in the country to issue a resolution on the development of cultural industries. In particular, the City organized 8 international workshops and seminars to consult on building policy mechanisms for developing Hanoi - Creative City; forming a network of young creative designers, strengthening the network of creative spaces in the City.

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Delegates attending the conference

"In particular, the organization of the annual Hanoi Creative Design Festival with the themes "Unleashing Creativity" in 2021, "Creativity and technology" in 2022 and 2023 is "Flow" with a series of activities and events aimed at urban reconstruction, promoting and creating culture, and rebuilding industrial heritage", Vice Chairman of Hanoi People's Committee Vu Thu Ha said.Focusing on the theme "Urban Regeneration and Sustainable Development", the representatives from UNESCO Creative Cities in the region shared their experiences, benefits and difficulties when joining the Creative Cities Network, thereby providing useful discussions and opinions on future action plans and potential for international co-operation in sub-networks.With the valuable information and sharing of Creative Cities representatives, it can be seen that the UNESCO Creative Cities Network is an extremely important stepping stone in developing culture and creativity in particular and building urban construction in general.

However, the UNESCO membership candidacy process is a big challenge for potential cities. Opinions and experiences shared by cities that have successfully joined the network with cities that are currently making every effort to build the most suitable development roadmap to become a UNESCO Creative City, is valuable information which will contribute to the urban planning and cultural development of Hanoi Capital and many other regional cities. Each city strives towards economic growth and urban regeneration for the community to improve the quality of life for every citizen.

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Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports Do Dinh Hong spoke at the conference.

Director of Hanoi Department of Culture and Sports Do Dinh Hong confirmed that "the success of the conference is that Hanoi has received very detailed and enthusiastic information shared by experts from the UNESCO Creative Cities Network in the region on initiatives and experience in organizing creative city building activities", he expressed his hope that in the near future there will be more opportunities and more cooperative projects between Hanoi and Creative Cities in the Network, contributing to promoting the value of Creative Cities and the position of Hanoi Capital.


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