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Towards a sustainable blue economy in Asia-Pacific
In late February 2019, UNESCO and key partners promoted marine spatial planning and effective ocean governance for healthy and productive oceans in the Asia-Pacific region during an action-packed week in Viet Nam. Despite the fact that they anchor the global ecosystem and millions of people across the world depend on them for their livelihood, humanity has done much to abuse the oceans and the life within. Now, in the early 21st Century, on top of the problems plastic pollution and climate change are already causing in the ocean, global population growth threatens to intensify activities in coastal and marine waters.  A systematic and trans-boundary approach to how we use the oceans is thus sorely needed to minimize negative impacts caused by anthropogenic use. Through the International Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021-2030) which is led by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Committee (IOC) of UNESCO, the United Nations is gathering ocean stakeholders around the world behind a common framework to ensure safeguarding healthy, productive and resilient oceans through science-informed policy responses to global change and underpinning this framework is Marine Spatial Planning (MSP). IOC-UNESCO’s MSP global initiative underlines these targets, developing new international guidelines and to foster trans-boundary cooperation regarding marine spatial planning (MSP), effectively following the Ocean Decade’s motto: The ocean we need for the future we want! To support this work in Asia Pacific, UNESCO and the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) of Viet Nam co-hosted a series of events “GEF – LME:LEARN 2nd Annual Asia-Pacific Regional Network Meeting and Training” over the course of five days in February on marine spatial planning, ocean governance and sustainable blue economy. The week started with the second Annual Asia-Pacific Network Meeting in which regional marine project managers pitched innovative proposals to private sector representatives. It was followed by an ocean governance training and a trans-boundary marine spatial planning (MSP) courses for 40 regional participants. Through simulation activities, participants improved their negotiating skill, which is key if they are to tackle the real issue of coordination many competing interests in limited space.  “The section of planning the sea, especially when we did the trans-boundary exercise gave us a lot of […] practical experience as to how hard it is - and we learned a lot from that“, commented Nguyen Thi Thu Huyen, national coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Viet Nam.  “What I enjoyed most about the course was the interactive section, the opportunity to share knowledge and experiences during the class and outside of class. And I am going to take this all back and share it with my stakeholders, the people that I work with” said Filifilia Iosefa, Coordinator of the GEF Small Grants Programme in Samoa. These activities fall under the Global Environmental Facility (GEF) LME: LEARN project implemented by the UNDP and executed by the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission (IOC) of UNESCO. Its target - to build a regional community of practice among governments, national and international experts  working on coastal and marine topics in Asia-Pacific.
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UNESCO & World Technopolis Association team up at the 2018 Global Innovation Forum
The theme of this year’s forum ‘Towards a better place to live: Smart City’, resonates strongly with UNESCO as it is in line with the organization’s wider efforts to promote sustainable cities in the context of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. To achieve the objective that no one is left behind, however, a true Smart City is a city that creates sustainable economic development and quality of life by excelling in multiple key areas, such as economy, mobility, environment, inclusivity, and governance.   Addressing in the event, Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said that data transparency at the government, business and community level is crucial for scientists in allowing them to develop ideas on the construction of smart cities: “The summit and its related events in Binh Duong provides a platform for managers and scientists to share valuable experience and lessons on innovation and creativity. This will have a positive impact on renovation and innovation in all cities and provinces.”   In his remarks, the UNESCO representative in Vietnam, Michael Croft, welcomed the continued collaboration with the World Technopolis Association. In promoting connections between institutions, cities and countries to share knowledge and experience in innovation “we also advance the cause of a culture of peace, which is at the heart of UNESCO’s actions to support international cooperation in education, culture and the sciences.” Noting that the launch falls on the International Day of the Girl Child, he emphasized the efforts of UNESCO ensure that young women and girls participate as equals in the area of science and technology and innovation, emphasizing that “we cannot claim to be innovative if we are not inclusive.”
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Inauguration ceremony of the Trung Thanh village
Tam Ky, 28 June 2018. The Inauguration ceremony of the Trung Thanh village, Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky district, Quang Nam province, was jointly organized today by the UNESCO Office in Ha Noi and the Cooperative Alliance of Quang Nam. The event is conducted within the framework of the project aiming to enhance the participation of local communities in local cultural institutions funded by Mitsubishi Corporation through UNESCO Ha Noi. Participants to the event include Mr. Vo Bay, Chairman of the Cooperative Alliance of Quang Nam Province, Mr. Yoshinori Tsuchiya, Vice President Mitsubishi Corporation in Viet Nam, Mr. Michael Croft, Head of UNESCO Ha Noi office, Representatives from Quang Nam Provincial Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism, Representatives from the People’s Committee of Tam Ky city, Mr Nguyen Thanh Binh, Chairman of the People’s Committee of Tam Thanh Commune and other representatives of local governmental agencies, local community groups and cooperatives in   Tam Thanh.   There was also the participation from the musician Tri Minh, who had been strongly supporting the event in particular and the work in Tam Thanh in general as this is part of his long-term commitment in a community project entitled World of Lullabies running over the last few years. Tri Minh had been training the local facilitators on how to use music to engage children and bring them enjoyable activities during their summer vacations. The facilitators are then expected to be able to organize similar cultural events at the local level. This is one of the pilot activities to enhance community participation in local cultural institutions under the project.   Another activity revolves around community-based tourism, an emergent and increasingly important source of livelihood for local people in Tam Thanh. A tour around the Tam Thanh Community Art village was conducted accordingly after the launching by the team members of the Thanh Thanh Community Cooperative, who will also take part in further capacity building workshops under the framework of the project.   Speaking at the event, while highlighting the role of cultural institutions at local level, Mr. Michael Croft expressed his expectation that “more villagers will come for exercises, meetings and cultural activities; more children come to play, read books and participate in other art-based programs; and more visitors come for the information they need before going on the village tour.”   Mr. Yoshinori, Tsuchiya, Vice President of Mitsubishi Corporation in Viet Nam, also appreciated the project of Trung Thanh Community Center and assured himself of its impact in improving the living standards of the localities from establishing the playground for the children after their learning hours”.   On behalf of the local government, Mr Nguyen Thanh Binh, Chairman of the communal People’s Committee of Tam Thanh commune, highlighted the significance of the project in “fostering the local tourism service sector by creating a playground of cultural expressions and art performance that offers practical experiences of the local living activities, home staying and touring, etc… and generates long-term and stable incomes for the communities as well as safeguards the cultural identities for a more and more developing Tam Thanh.   In fact, the support by Mitsubishi through UNESCO in complementing the government’s investment in the buildings and construction focuses on the organization of this center with the equipment of practical facilities such as community library, information provision, media space and a number of trainings on management of cultural activities (music, painting, etc.) and community-based tourism for local cooperatives.   During the implementation process, particularly for the establishment of the community library, the project also received generous support from book publishing companies such as GU Books in Ha Noi.   For further information, please kindly contact: Ms. Tran Thuy, Culture program officer, UNESCO Ha Noi at tt.thuy@unesco.org
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UNESCO gender assessment platform for teacher education discussed by Asia-Pacific partners
Ha Noi, 28 May 2018 - UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) in collaboration with UNESCO Ha Noi office has organized a regional training workshop on online gender assessment tools for teacher education in Asia-Pacific in Ha Noi on 28-29 May 2018. Around 50 participants comprising education policy-makers, planners, experts, teacher educators and researchers from 22 countries in the Asia-Pacific region are attending the workshop. This event is being organized within the framework of two projects implemented by UNESCO Bangkok, namely (i) Enhancing Girls' and Women's Right to Quality Education through Gender Sensitive Policy Making, Teacher Development and Pedagogy in South, Southeast, and Central Asia under the UNESCO-Hainan Airlines Partnership for Girls' and Women's Education, and (ii) Leveraging ICT to Achieve Education 2030 with support from the WeiDong Group of the People's Republic of China. The first project aims to strengthen the education sector's responsiveness to gender equality focusing on teacher development in the Asia-Pacific region, while the second project seeks to assist Member States harness the use of ICT to meet the Education 2030 Agenda. Seizing a remarkable opportunity to synergize the objectives of the two projects, UNESCO Bangkok has created GATTE (Gender Assessment Tools for Teacher Education), a web platform containing six tools to assess gender issues in teacher education. With this background, the regional training workshop will introduce GATTE to the participants, train them to navigate and use the online tools, and discuss potential opportunities for scaling up the use of GATTE. In his opening remarks, Mr. Michael Croft, Head of UNESCO Ha Noi Office and UNESCO Representative to Viet Nam, reminded participants that gender equality is one of two global priorities for UNESCO. He stressed that girls and women must have equal access to the same resources and opportunities that boys and men have in order to meet the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development's commitment to leave no one behind. He also emphasized that teachers play a key role in education, and gender-aware, gender-sensitive and gender-responsive teachers, who lead by examples in and outside the classrooms, are more effective in nurturing students to become gender-aware, -sensitive and -responsive themselves. It is expected that the participants will identify opportunities for using GATTE and conduct a gender assessment of their teacher education system in their respective countries with the help of the tools and UNESCO's assistance, after the workshop. For more information, please contact: Ms. Lay Cheng Tan at lc.tan(at)unesco.org
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UNESCO & SWEDESD, organized a Regional Workshop on Advancing ESD Policy in the Mekong region in Ha Noi
On 8-9 May 2018, the Regional Workshop on Advancing ESD Policy in the Mekong Region was organized in Ha Noi within the framework of the project “Strengthening ESD Policy in Viet Nam” supported by the Government of Japan. The workshop, a joint effort of UNESCO and the Uppsala University’s Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD), brought together participants from five Mekong countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam. More than 100 participants joined in the regional workshop, including delegates from Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar and Thailand and representatives from the Ministry of Education and Training of Viet Nam, other ministries, government agencies, development partners, embassies, civil society organizations and the private sector in Viet Nam. Representatives from UNESCO Offices and German National Commission for UNESCO came to share experiences in promoting ESD policies. The workshop served as a platform where participants from all five countries had the opportunity to exchange about national ESD policy landscape and ESD innovations in each of the five Mekong countries. Ms. Ai Chuman, Second Secretary of the Japanese Embassy in Viet Nam, emphasized in her opening remarks that ESD is very important in the context of rapid economic development in the Mekong region, expressing support for further collaboration between Japan and the Mekong region in the promotion of ESD. On a similar note, representatives of UNESCO Ha Noi Office and SWEDESD – Uppsala University, Mr. Toshiyuki Matsumoto, Officer-in-Charge of UNESCO Ha Noi Office, and Ms. Eva Friman, Director of SWEDESD, reaffirmed the pivotal role of ESD in the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), through non-formal education and lifelong learning opportunities as well as formal education. The workshop concluded with a mutual agreement among all participants to further promote ESD and scale ESD innovations in their own country through a multi-stakeholder approach and coordination among different sectors. Workshop documents Presentations For more information, please contact Ms. Binh Le, National Programme Officer for ESD Project at lt.binh(at)unesco.org, or visit our Facebook page @UNESCOOfficeinVietnam
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