Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director-General demonstrates the country’s sense of responsibility to the international community, even though its candidate did not receive many votes in the first round of voting in Paris on October 9.
The Qatari candidate, Hammad bin Al-Kawari, won the most votes – 19, followed by France’s Audrey Azoulay and Egypt’s Moushira Khattab. With no candidate winning more than half of the votes, the UNESCO Executive Board will conduct the second voting round at the end of its meeting on October 10.
This is the first time Vietnam has a candidate running for a leading position of a major UN agency. The election campaign has helped the country enhance its position and role in the international arena while strengthening cooperation with other countries.
The Vietnamese candidate, Pham Sanh Chau, has campaigned at more than 30 member countries of the UNESCO Executive Board, during which he introduced Vietnam’s history and culture, together with achievements of the Doi Moi (renewal) process and potential for international cooperation.
Vietnamese officials also lobbied for support during their meetings with foreign partners. In response, officials of many countries spoke highly of Vietnam’s external policy of peace, independence and international integration, and appreciated the country’s wish to contribute more to international affairs in general and UNESCO in particular.
Vietnam marked its 40 years of joining UNESCO on June 15 this year.
The country has received UNESCO’s assistance in access to know-how, technology and global funding to contribute to national construction, as well as fine-tuning laws, Party and State policies and guidelines.