SET UP A FILE TO REQUEST UNESCO COMMEMORATE THE 650th ANNIVERSARY OF CHU VAN AN’S DEATH
On 16/4/2019, about a year ago, the commemoration files for the 650th anniversary of Chu Van An’s death (1370-2020) along with 48 other files were unanimously accepted at the 206th UNESCO Executive Council meeting in Paris (France) by the 58 member countries of the Executive Council. At the meeting, UNESCO Decision on co-celebrating the event was also passed through.
The idea of setting up a file was proposed by Chu Van An's UNESCO Advocacy Committee (including Ambassador Pham Sanh Chau, Dr. Phan Tu Phung, Tran Dinh Tuan, etc.) and was sent to the Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam on 5/5/2016. With the consent of the Government, the task of developing the scientific records was assigned for Hanoi capital - Chu Van An’s hometown and the Temple of Literature - where Chu Văn An is currently worshipped. In 2017 and 2018, the Temple of Literature received lots of support, assistance and coordination from many organizations and individuals such as the UNESCO Advocacy Board in honor of Chu Van An, the Vietnam National Commission for UNESCO, the Vietnam Permanent Delegation to UNESCO in Paris, the Vietnamese Embassy in India, Vietnam’s Cultural Heritage Association, the Department of Cultural Heritage, etc in the process of completing the commemoration file of Chu Van An. The file was studied and examined by the Republic of India, the Kingdom of Thailand and South Korea before its submission to UNESCO. At the 40th conference in Paris in November 2019, the Resolution to commemorate Chu Van An’s death was officially passed through by the UNESCO General Assembly.
(Scientific conference: "Chu Văn An-Life and Career"
(Vietnamese representatives had a group photo taken at the 206th UNESCO Executive Council meeting in Paris)
Alongside Nguyen Trai, Nguyen Du, Ho Chi Minh, Chu Van An is the fourth Vietnamese person to be honored by UNESCO. On April 9, 2020, Hanoi People's Committee has issued a written agreement to hold the 650th anniversary of Chu Van An’s death at the Temple of Literature in November.