Vietnam/ 3.4 International cultural co-operation  

3.4.3 European / international actors and programmes

Vietnam is actively involved in the co-operation with European countries under the framework of ASEM. Vietnam is one of the founders of ASEM, and always promotes its role to participate in the cooperation of Asian and European activities in many aspects. In terms of culture, Vietnam has participated and implemented some activities under ASEM such as proposing the initiative on safeguarding and promoting cultural heritage in ASEM (with France) approved by the second ASEM Summit (London 1998). With the coordination of Vietnam, the fifth ASEM Summit has adopted ASEM declaration of the dialogue between civilisations, to create legislative framework to strengthen Asian–European co-operation in the culture sector. At the seventh ASEM Summit, Vietnam has also put forward the initiative of coordination of cultural activities to strengthen the images of ASEM. It all expresses the active contribution of Vietnam to push the cooperation of ASEM.

Vietnam ratified the 2005 UNESCO Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions in July 2007. It is considered to be one of the most important international law on culture in Vietnam.

Vietnam joined "International Organisation of Francophonie" (OIF) and has always played a central role as one of the founder members since 1970. It is one of the five countries in the Asia-Pacific region that are members of Francophonie, which includes seventy-five countries in total. It plays an important role because of its position, its geography, and the number of its inhabitants. As a member of ASEAN, Vietnam constitutes a link between Francophonie and South East Asia.

Chapter published: 30-11-2013