The representative office of the Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations was officially opened in Ho Chi Minh City on May 14, to expand and develop the federation’s activities in the city as well as other southern provinces and cities.
Nguyen Xuan Thang, Vice President and General Secretary of the Federation, said that after operating for the past 15 years since it was established in August 1993, the federation currently has nearly 100 affiliates.
These include provincial and municipal UNESCO associations, UNESCO centres and clubs with more than 5,000 official members, while almost 140,000 members take part in the federation’s activities in 45 provinces and cities nationwide.
HCM City has nearly 100 official members and more than 1,000 people take an active part in the federation.
The Vietnam Federation of UNESCO Associations is one of the most prestigious non-governmental UNESCO organisations in the region, with its representatives holding the post of vice president of the region’s UNESCO association and vice president of the world’s UNESCO association.
It has strengths in part time education, vocational training, preserving tangible and intangible cultural identities and popularising scientific information.