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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) held a meeting in Hanoi on January 22 to review the past year of cultural diplomacy and devise tasks for 2010.
The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MCST) held a year-end meeting in the city of Da Nang on December 28. 600 delegates from related agencies attended the meeting in the presence of Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Thien Nhan and MCST leaders.
Vietnam has snapped into action to protect two of its indigenous art forms after they were recently recognised by UNESCO as part of the worlds intangible cultural heritage.
The city of Hanoi is set to celebrate its 1000th anniversary with the opening of Vietnams first international film festival in 2010.
The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Hanoi authorities have signed a cooperation to jointly organize activities to celebrate the 1000th Thang Long Hanoi anniversary, including calling foreign cities that are over 1000 years old to join the Club of 1000-year-old Cities.
Vietnam has seven natural and cultural world heritages recognised by UNESCO. Preservation and improvement of these heritages is necessary to advertise Vietnams image to the world. However, local governments havent effectively cooperated to connect these heritages.