UNESCO signs landmark agreement in Viet Nam to support Ha Noi Creative City, opening a new era of partnership for SDG financing in Viet Nam
These were the opening remarks of Madame Nguyen Thi Phuong Thao, CEO of SOVICO Group and Viet Nam’s most successful businesswoman, at the signing ceremony marking the start of a Partnership between SOVICO Group and UNESCO in Ha Noi on 23 September 2020.
This landmark agreement, which supports a UNESCO-led initiative to mobilize youth engagement and cultural dynamics to support Ha Noi’s new designation as a new UNESCO Creative City, is the first time since Viet Nam joined the United Nations in 1977 that a United Nations agency enters into a direct partnership with a Vietnamese corporation, opening up new possibilities with for SDG financing in the country.
Allowing Madame Phuong Thao to give back to the city of her youth, under the partnership SOVICO Group will collaborate with UNESCO, UNIDO and UN Habitat to support Ha Noi’s development as a UNESCO Creative City through the preservation and restoration of cultural heritage, revitalization of craft villages and support for young creative talent of Ha Noi. Guided by the values of sustainability and respect for local culture, the partnership supports Ha Noi’s City’s new vision as “Creative Capital”, where development finds inspiration from its creative past and the energy of its youth.
Mr. Michael Croft, UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam affirmed that “Using the Creative City Action Plan as a platform, we will work together reinvigorate the creative and cultural muscles of the city to stimulate creativity and innovation in the wider economy, from technology to tourism, and just as importantly, contribute to the sustainable development of the city and a better quality of life for its citizens. Together, let us demonstrate to other important industry peers what public private partnership can mean in 21st century Viet Nam, with all the possibilities and potential it represents.”
To supporting the country’s sustainable development, SOVICO Group and UNESCO also agree to collaborate towards future youth-oriented initiatives related to cultural and green city development, the promotion of artistic and design activities and the expansion of creative hubs to nurture creative talents to provide Viet Nam’s youth with more opportunities to better express their creativity and passion for a better future.