Student Comment on Culture and Development in Vietnam

Lauren Saltiel has a student comment for the University of Pennsylvania Journal of International Law, Cultural Governance and Development in Vietnam, 35 J. Int’l L. 893 (2014), which looks at UNESCO’s efforts to track culture and development in Vietnam through a pilot program. From the Introduction:

In 2011 the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) launched the Culture for Development Indicator Suite (CDIS) program in Vietnam. The goal of the CDIS initiative is to gather information about how culture impacts development by evaluating twenty sub-indicators across seven dimensions of civil society—economy, education, cultural heritage, communication, governance, social, and gender equality. While preliminary results from the Vietnam test program were made available in 2012, as of yet there is no mechanism in place with which to interpret this data. To aid in this analytical effort, this paper will evaluate the relationship between cultural governance and development in Vietnam by providing an analysis of the country’s cultural policy and legal framework and its successes and failures in promoting sustainable human development. Section 2 of this paper provides an overview of the international legal framework underlying the “culture for development” paradigm. Section 3 explains the evolution of cultural policy in Vietnam before outlining the current legal and policy landscape relevant to heritage and non-heritage based cultural sectors. Finally, Section 4 provides an evaluation of Vietnamese cultural law and policy as a means for promoting sustainable human development and offers suggestions for more effective policy making in the future.

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