Brian May, Jane Goodall, Diane Ackerman and the NASA Communications Unit Announced as Winners of the Stephen Hawking Medal at STARMUS VI Armenia

YEREVAN, Armenia, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Some of the most influential names in science, music and arts have been named as the latest Laureates of the Stephen Hawking Medal for Science Communication at STARMUS VI festival.

The winners are Diane Ackerman, poet and essayist; Dr. Jane Goodall, DBE, Founder of the Jane Goodall Institute & UN Messenger of Peace; and the NASA Communications Unit.

In addition, a special Stephen Hawking Medal will be presented to STARMUS co-founder and Queen guitarist Dr. Brian May at the request of the Advisory Board and petitions of STARMUS alumni, including Nobel laureates, astronauts and science communicators. The award reflects Dr. May’s outstanding contribution to both music and to the public understanding of science.

Brian May was presented with the award by legendary keyboardist Rick Wakeman, who played at a special ‘Sonic Universe’ concert at the festival, alongside System of a Down’s Serj Tankian, astronaut Chris Hadfield and supergroup Sons of Apollo. He also played tribute to Freddie Mercury on stage, on what would have been his 76th birthday.

The Stephen Hawking Science Medal are prestigious international awards that recognise the merit and importance of popular science at an international level. The medal is named after Professor Stephen Hawking, who was also its first recipient, and is organised by STARMUS, an international science and art festival that this year is taking place in Yerevan, Armenia.

Previous winners have included Hans Zimmer, Elon Musk, Neil de Grasse Tyson, Jim Al-Khalili, Jean Michel Jarre and Buzz Aldrin.

The design of the medal is a portrait of Professor Hawking by cosmonaut Alexei Leonov, the first man to perform a spacewalk and member of the Advisory Council for STARMUS since its first edition.

The medals will be presented at a special ceremony at STARMUS tomorrow, 6 Sept. 2022.

Professor Garik Israelian, co-founder and director of STARMUS Festival, says, “These medals were created with the support of Stephen Hawking to celebrate those outstanding individuals and teams who honour his legacy in communicating scientific ideas and breakthroughs to inform, inspire and engage the widest possible audience. We congratulate all those receiving medals today as they join the growing list of prestigious Stephen Hawking Medal Laureates.

Stephen Hawking Medal Winner Diane Ackerman says: “I’m deeply honored and delighted to receive this medal from such a distinguished gathering of curious and creative minds. That Starmus encompasses both the Arts and the Sciences makes it especially meaningful to me, since I’ve always been a writer–in poetry and prose–who is enthralled by the sciences. Science and art share the same spark of curiosity, the same fire of invention.

Marc Etkind, NASA Associate Administrator for Communications, says: “It is a great honour for everyone at NASA to receive this prestigious award. Our mission at NASA is to explore the unknown in air and space, to innovate for the benefit of humanity, and inspire the world through discovery.” 

Stephen Hawking Medal winner Dr. Brian May says, “First of all, I want to pay tribute to Freddie; it’s amazing to receive this extraordinary present on his birthday! Thank you so much to the board; this medal really means so much to me. STARMUS reflects so much about what I passionately believe in, that science and art do not live in isolation; to be a great scientist without being something of an artist, and you can’t be an artist without something of an understanding of the universe we live in. Thank you Stephen Hawking for this medal and award, and Rick Wakeman, for the introduction, as I didn’t know I am that person.” 

STARMUS this year is being held in Armenia and dedicated to the 50th anniversary of the first soft landing on Mars by “Mars 3” and the first orbiter “Mariner 9”. “Mariner 9” took the first high-quality images of Mars while “Mars 3” brought the first rover, Prop-M, to the surface of Mars. It was founded to create a platform that unites world-renowned scientists, Nobel Prize laureates, astronauts, and the brightest minds in science, art and technology. The festival enables them to share their experience, knowledge and the latest inventions with attendees, helping to inspire people across the globe to explore the world of science.

Armenia was chosen for its long and impressive history of astronomy, astrophysics and space exploration. For much of the 20th century, it was home to the Soviet space programme, and to this day, it remains a key location for the international community, housing The Byurakan Astrophysical Observatory and the Aragatz Station.

The Stephen Hawking Medal press conference with Laureates is at 2.30pm AMT/ 11.30am BST / 6.30am  EDT

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Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute successfully treats its first cardiac patients with new 3D Philips Intracardiac Echocardiography Catheter

September 6, 2022

  • Innovative real-time 3D intracardiac echocardiography catheter – VeriSight Pro – allows interventionalists to navigate cardiac procedures with ease and deliver better care to more patients
  • Reduced need for sedation and anesthesia helps increase cath lab efficiency by shortening patient preparation and recovery times

Amsterdam, the Netherlands – Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA), a global leader in health technology, today announced that Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute (Florida, U.S.) has successfully started treating patients with Verisight Pro, Philips’ real-time 3D Intracardiac Echocardiography (ICE) catheter, during minimally-invasive image-guided procedures for structural heart disease. Offering superior 2D and 3D live imaging, VeriSight Pro allows interventionalists to navigate procedures with ease, provide superior care, and optimize performance of the interventional suite to benefit more heart patients. With Philips’ intracardiac echocardiography (ICE) catheter VeriSight Pro, additional groups of patients can now be treated, such as those who are not suitable for transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) [1], which typically requires heavy sedation or general anesthesia.

Dr. Ramon Quesada and Dr. Bernardo Lopez-Sanabria are the first two interventional cardiologists to use this technology for Baptist Health.

“VeriSight Pro’s technology is a game changer, allowing us to give people who need this procedure a chance for a smoother and safer recovery,” said Dr. Ramon Quesada, interventional cardiologist with Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “As physicians, we are always exploring new ways to care for our patients and provide them with the best treatment options for their long-term future.”

“This device allows our physicians to capture the very best possible live images and enable our team to deliver quality outcomes for our cardiac patients, so they can get back to their daily routines,” said Dr. Bernardo Lopez-Sanabria, interventional cardiologist at Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute. “I am honored to be the first physician in South Florida to use this new technology and bring it to our community.”

Ultrasound imaging to guide structural heart repair and electrophysiology procedures has conventionally been via transthoracic echocardiography (TTE), in which an ultrasound probe is placed on the patient’s chest, or via transesophageal echocardiography (TEE), which involves the insertion of an ultrasound probe into the patient’s esophagus so that it lies close to their heart. However, TTE typically results in sub-optimal imaging, while TEE requires heavy sedation or general anesthesia so that the patient can tolerate the procedure. To overcome these limitations, Philips ICE catheter utilizes an ultra-miniature ultrasound probe mounted on the end of a 3mm diameter (9 French) catheter, allowing it to be routed via the patient’s vasculature to inside their heart – the same route used to introduce other catheters during minimally-invasive cardiac surgery. Based on Philips’ innovative xMATRIX array 3D ultrasound transducer technology, VeriSight Pro’s probe captures high-quality 2D and 3D live images of the heart, including a 90-degree by 90-degree 3D field of view, simultaneous viewing of two scan planes (for example, to measure the long and short axes of the left atrial appendage), plus 3D volume and color-flow images. Unique to Philips’ device, interventionalists can digitally change the scan angle to capture different views without having to manually reposition the ultrasound tip.

“The exceptional 2D and 3D imaging capabilities of the new Philips Intracardiac Echocardiology Catheter – VeriSight Pro –  make it a superb choice for image guidance in interventional procedures, reducing reliance on general anesthesia and the logistical hurdles that go with it,” said Chris Landon, Senior Vice President and General Manager Image Guided Therapy Devices at Philips. “Adoption of the technology by Baptist Health’s Miami Cardiac & Vascular Institute, one of the most innovative and top institutes in the world, is a significant milestone in bringing better heart care to more patients.”

Philips’ FDA 510(k)-cleared 3D ICE catheter, VeriSight Pro, has the potential to improve the standard of care for structural heart disease and electrophysiology procedures and broaden the range of treatment options open to patients. The reduced need for heavy sedation or general anesthesia accelerates workflows, contributing to increased cath lab efficiency and shorter patient preparation and recovery times. The catheter is designed for use with Philips’ premium cardiology ultrasound systems, EPIQ CVx and EPIQ CVxi.

Philips Intracardiac Echocardiology Catheter – VeriSight Pro – adds to the company’s comprehensive suite of integrated solutions for the treatment of structural heart disease, which combines interventional X-ray, 3D ultrasound, and related interventional tools to enable confident navigation and positioning of devices to optimize outcomes and reduce procedure times.

[1] A transesophageal echocardiogram is done by inserting a probe with a transducer down the esophagus

For further information, please contact:

Joost Maltha
Philips Global Press Office
Tel: +31 6 10 55 8116

Fabienne van der Feer
Philips Image Guided Therapy
Tel.: +31 622 698 001

About Royal Philips

Royal Philips (NYSE: PHG, AEX: PHIA) is a leading health technology company focused on improving people’s health and well-being, and enabling better outcomes across the health continuum – from healthy living and prevention, to diagnosis, treatment and home care. Philips leverages advanced technology and deep clinical and consumer insights to deliver integrated solutions. Headquartered in the Netherlands, the company is a leader in diagnostic imaging, image-guided therapy, patient monitoring and health informatics, as well as in consumer health and home care. Philips generated 2021 sales of EUR 17.2 billion and employs approximately 79,000 employees with sales and services in more than 100 countries. News about Philips can be found at


WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings to Participate in the RBC Capital Markets Global Industrials Conference

PHOENIX, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings Corp. (“WillScot Mobile Mini” or the “Company”) (Nasdaq: WSC), the North American leader in modular space and portable storage solutions, today announced that Tim Boswell, President and Chief Financial Officer, and Matt Jacobsen, Senior Vice President Finance, will participate in a presentation and host private investor meetings at the RBC Capital Markets Global Industrials Conference in Las Vegas, Nev. on September 13, 2022. The presentation will take place at 1:20 p.m. PT.

About WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings

WillScot Mobile Mini Holdings trades on the Nasdaq stock exchange under the ticker symbol “WSC.” Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, the Company is a leading business services provider specializing in innovative flexible workspace and portable storage solutions. WillScot Mobile Mini services diverse end markets across all sectors of the economy from a network of approximately 280 branch locations and additional drop lots throughout the United States, Canada, Mexico, and the United Kingdom.

Additional Information and Where to Find It

Additional information can be found on the company’s website at

Contact Information

Investor Inquiries:

Nick Girardi

Media Inquiries:

Jessica Taylor

Colliers becomes market leader in Nordics

Acquisition adds dominant player in Sweden and Norway

TORONTO, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Leading diversified professional services and investment management company, Colliers (NASDAQ and TSX: CIGI), announced today that it has agreed to acquire a controlling interest in Pangea Property Partners (“Pangea”), a leading capital markets advisor in Sweden and Norway. Pangea will merge with Colliers’ existing company-owned operations in Sweden, become the new company-owned operation in Norway, and re-brand as Colliers. Pangea’s partners, together with the existing leadership team of Colliers Sweden, will retain a significant equity stake in the combined business under Colliers’ unique partnership model. The terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Established in 2009, Pangea brings an exceptional leadership team and world-class expertise from their offices in Oslo in Norway and Stockholm in Sweden. The combined Colliers Sweden and Norway operations will have more than 80 professionals and offer a full suite of services for our clients including capital markets advisory, debt advisory, project finance, leasing and sales brokerage, valuations, and project management.

“Building on our top tier operations in Denmark and Finland, this merger adds market leadership in Norway and Sweden and together establishes Colliers as the dominant player in the entire Nordic region,” said Davoud Amel-Azizpour, CEO of Colliers | EMEA. “We are excited about our new partnership and the opportunity to leverage our best in class platform in this important and rapidly growing region.”

“Pangea has grown significantly over many years in the Nordics as well as internationally. The combination of Pangea and Colliers is a perfect match with our strategy and ambition to become the leading property advisor in the Nordics. It is important to us that we partner with an organization that shares our business philosophy and culture,” said Bård Bjølgerud, Founding Partner and CEO of Pangea, who will assume the role of CEO, Nordics, Colliers.

About Colliers

Colliers (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 63 countries, our 17,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert real estate and investment advice to clients. For more than 27 years, our experienced leadership with significant inside ownership has delivered compound annual investment returns of 20% for shareholders. With annual revenues of $4.5 billion and $81 billion of assets under management, Colliers maximizes the potential of property and real assets to accelerate the success of our clients, our investors and our people. Learn more at, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn.

Colliers Contacts:

Christian Mayer
Chief Financial Officer | Global
(416) 960-9500

Davoud Amel-Azizpour
Chief Executive Officer | EMEA
(44) 20 7487 7020

Teledyne e2v releases Optimom 2M, turnkey MIPI optical modules for quick and easy development of vision systems

Optimom 2M MIPI optical module

Teledyne e2v’s Optimom 2M is a ready-to-use imaging solution that can be fine-tuned for any project with minimum development

GRENOBLE, France, Sept. 06, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Teledyne e2v announces the release of its 2-Megapixel Optimom™, the first in a range of MIPI CSI-2 optical modules. Powered by Teledyne e2v’s proprietary image sensor technology, Optimom has been thoughtfully designed to ensure there is minimum development effort required for vision-based embedded systems for robotics, logistics, drones, or laboratory equipment.

Optimom™ 2M features a native MIPI CSI-2 protocol and standard FPC connector to link with embedded processing boards. Integration is instant using a dedicated Development Kit, which includes both an adapter board for hardware integration and Linux drivers for straightforward software integration with NVIDIA Jetson or NXP i.MX solutions.

These optical modules are built with the same compact 25 mm square outline, enabling a single mechanical design that can even fit into highly constrained mechanical systems. To address the requirements of various applications, Optimom 2M can be tailored for multiple scenarios with two color options (Monochrome or RGB) and three lens options (a multi-focus lens, a fix-focus lens, or without lens). The lens is supplied already installed and focused, eliminating the tedious task of lens selection and assembly.

All Optimom 2M models are powered by Teledyne e2v’s proprietary 2-Megapixel, low-noise, global shutter image sensor which provides sharp images of fast-moving objects. The multi-focus version of Optimom 2M combines a broad working distance and wide aperture in one solution by utilizing an innovative focus adjustment technology.

Marie-Charlotte Leclerc, Product Marketing Manager at Teledyne e2v, said, “The acceleration of product life cycles and the multiplication of vision-use cases leave vision system makers today with no choice but to invest less time and money in new developments and focus on their added value. Leveraging our core imaging expertise and long experience in customized solutions, Optimom 2M aims to address this very challenge with a ready-to-use imaging solution that can be fine-tuned for any project.”

Optimom 2M will be featured in a live demonstration at VISION Stuttgart from 4-6th October. Visit us on Teledyne stand 8 B10 for more information. For a dedicated demonstration or confidential discussion, contact us online or through your usual point of contact.

Documentation, samples, and an evaluation kit are available now upon request.

About Teledyne e2v
Teledyne e2v’s innovations lead developments in healthcare, life sciences, space, transportation, defense and security and industrial markets. Teledyne e2v’s unique approach involves listening to the market and application challenges of customers and partnering with them to provide innovative standard, semi-custom or fully custom imaging solutions, bringing increased value to their systems.
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Boyden Finds Innovation, Human Capital and Digital Transformation Top Growth Drivers

Global research shows Industry 5.0 gathering pace as organisations align digital advances with human capital

New York, Sept. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Boyden, a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 75 offices in over 45 countries, reports on its annual global executive talent research, showing that innovation, human capital and digital transformation are the top growth drivers. With ‘competing for the right talent’ a top driver of structural change, Industry 5.0 is gaining momentum as organisations strive to align talent with digital advances, particularly AI/robotics/machine learning and tech/cloud/cybersecurity talent.

The global study, Strengthening the human-centric core of Industry 5.0[1], How can organisations thrive in a complex world of risk? explores perspectives on risk among CEOs, boards and other senior leaders, alongside executive talent trends, priorities and investment.

“The merging of human ingenuity with tech and digital capabilities is accelerating the business cycle as organisations strive to address global disruption,” commented Trina D. Gordon, President & CEO of Boyden. “At this time of pervasive uncertainty, we embrace the challenge of helping clients to understand the global environment for talent, emerging skill sets and the leadership needs of their organisation through our insight, market intelligence and original research”.

Core findings show that (i) innovation, (ii) human capital and (iii) digital transformation are the top three drivers of growth over the next two years. Confidence in organisational growth potential is high, with 70% very confident or confident, but greater alignment of talent is needed: confidence in having the right talent to align with strategy is at 59% confident or very confident. This confidence is impacted by risk. The top external risks are identified as (i) inflation, (ii) global economic volatility and (iii) supply chain disruption. The top three internal risks are: (i) rising business costs, (ii) employee burnout and (iii) the need for different executive skill sets.

Research finds that, at the executive level, 81 percent of respondents identify a need to strengthen digital talent (AI, robotics, machine learning); 80% tech, cloud and cybersecurity; and 79 percent marketing & sales. In an environment where people come first, 78 percent need to strengthen human resources capabilities. As environmental and social challenges continue, 71 percent of respondents need to strengthen skills in ESG-sustainability and 69 percent skills in ESG-DE&I[2].

Organisations are addressing talent needs and alignment by investing in ‘leadership development for high potentials,’ ‘hiring new leadership talent,’ and ‘redeploying or retraining existing people’. These top three priorities remain the same as 2021 findings. The use of interim executives shows a step change; 35 percent are extremely likely or likely to ‘bring in interim executives,’ up from 22 percent in 2021.

Findings on how organisations are approaching ESG show that for 50 percent of respondents ESG-sustainability is ‘primarily part of most business discussions’ or ‘deeply embedded in organisational culture’; and for 52 percent of respondents ESG-DE&I is ‘primarily part of most business discussions’ or ‘deeply embedded in organisational culture’.

At board level, 55 percent of respondents identify a need to strengthen skills in ESG-DE&I; 52 percent a need to strengthen skills in ESG-sustainability; and 50 percent a need to strengthen skills in innovation/business transformation. Despite this, just 40 percent consider it extremely likely or likely that their organisation will invest in a board review in the next two years.

Looking ahead to 2023, recruitment and retention challenges are expected to increase: 68 percent of respondents expect to experience recruitment challenges, compared with 49 percent the previous year; and 63 percent of respondents expect to experience retention challenges, compared with 50 percent the previous year. In the pursuit of talent, respondents are turning to innovative tactics to hire or retain talent. For retention, respondents are using bonuses, hybrid working and leadership development.

Hiring will grow, with 50 percent expecting an increase, compared with 36 percent the previous year. Interim management is increasingly valued; 40 percent expect an increase in their use of interim solutions, compared with 28 percent the previous year.

View the full report here.

About the research

This research was conducted in Q2 2022 among senior executives worldwide. A total of 640 complete responses comprise 32 percent from Europe, 32 percent from North America, 18 percent from Asia/Pacific and 16 percent from South America. Respondents include 27 percent board/president/CEOs, 21 percent SVP, division or country heads, 11 percent heads of operations, 10 percent HR leaders, with the remainder across multiple functions including finance, marketing and technology.

By organisation, 36 percent are from private/independent, 24 percent publicly-quoted, 17 percent private/family-owned, and 12 percent social enterprise, with the remainder from start-up and private equity backed businesses. By sector, industrial accounts for 28 percent of responses, consumer & retail and professional services both 14 percent, technology/media/telecoms and healthcare & life sciences both 11 percent, with the remainder from financial services, academic, social impact and private equity.

About Boyden

Boyden is a premier leadership and talent advisory firm with more than 75 offices in over 45 countries. Our global reach enables us to serve client needs anywhere they conduct business. We connect great companies with great leaders through executive search, interim management and leadership consulting solutions. Boyden is ranked amongst the top companies on Forbes’ Americas Best Executive Recruiting Firms for 2022. For further information, visit

[1] The Fifth Industrial Revolution, also known as Industry 5.0, is a new phase of industrialisation, whereby humans work alongside advanced technologies and AI-powered robots to enhance processes within the workplace. Source: The Manufacturer.

[2] While DE&I is captured with the ‘Social’ of ESG, we have split out DE&I and sustainability to reflect the high proportion of organisations focusing specifically and separately on diversity, equity & inclusion.


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Joanna Goncalves, Global Senior Director of Marketing

Anaqua Announces Executive Leadership Changes in the Asia-Pacific Region

Shinji Tokunaga Joins as President & General Manager, Japan

BOSTON, Sept. 05, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anaqua, the leading global innovation and intellectual property (IP) management technology provider, today announced changes to its executive leadership team in the Asia-Pacific region as it continues on its long-term growth trajectory. Shinji Tokunaga joined Anaqua effective September 1, 2022, as President & General Manager, Japan. Karen Taylor, General Manager, Asia Pacific, will be leaving the company, having led Anaqua’s growth in the region for over five years.

“I want to thank Karen for her leadership and commitment to our customers, colleagues, and stakeholders,” said Anaqua CEO Bob Romeo. “Karen has been influential in developing our business and positioning Anaqua for future growth as well as serving as a member of our global leadership team.”

Tokunaga-san most recently served as Representative Director and CEO of Global Open Network Japan, Inc., where he led the entire operation, and the development and commercialization of a new payment service platform business using blockchain technology. Prior to Global Open Network Japan, Tokunaga-san held leadership positions at Akamai Technologies, Attachmate, Novell Japan, and Borland. Tokunaga-san holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Hosei University.

“Anaqua is an impressive company, and I am excited to join the team. Intellectual property is a critical asset for companies, and we have a great opportunity to help our clients derive more value from their portfolios,” said Tokunaga.

“We are very pleased to have someone with Tokunaga-san’s extensive experience leading the business and overseeing our next stage of growth and investment in Japan,” Romeo added. “His proven track record positions him well to lead our cross-functional teams and partner with our existing and future clients in the market. I am proud of what we have accomplished in Japan thus far and I am excited for what is yet to come.”

About Anaqua

Anaqua, Inc. is a premium provider of integrated intellectual property (IP) management technology solutions and services for corporations and law firms. Its IP management software solutions, AQX and PATTSY WAVE, both offer best practice workflows with big data analytics and tech-enabled services to create an intelligent environment designed to inform IP strategy, enable IP decision-making, and streamline IP operations, tailored to each segment’s need. Today, nearly half of the top 100 U.S. patent filers and global brands, as well as a growing number of law firms worldwide use Anaqua’s solutions. Over one million IP executives, attorneys, paralegals, administrators, and innovators use the platform for their IP management needs. The company’s global operations are headquartered in Boston, with offices across the U.S., Europe, Asia, and Australia. For additional information, please visit, or on LinkedIn.

Company Contact:
Amanda Hollis
Director, Communications

PM: Vietnam attaches importance to cultural development

Vietnam always attaches importance to cultural development, considering culture both a driving force and a goal for national development, said Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh.

During a reception in Hanoi on September 6 for UNESCO Director General Audrey Azoulay, Chinh thanked UNESCO for cooperating with Vietnam in the areas of education, science, culture and information-communications.

He affirmed that Vietnam will continue to be an active and responsible member of the UNESCO, contributing to UNESCO’s efforts for peace, cooperation and development.

In particular, Vietnam will actively uphold its role as a member of the UNESCO Executive Board for the 2021-2025 tenure, the Inter-Governmental Committee of the Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions for the 2021-2025 tenure, and the Inter-governmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage for 2022-2026. The country is also running for a seat in the World Heritage Committee for 2023-2037, he said.

Chinh also emphasised that Vietnam always treasures education and its infrastructure for workforce training, and asked UNESCO to help Vietnam train qualified personnel to work at multilateral organisations, including UNESCO.

Azoulay, for her part, pledged to support the PM’s proposals on enhancing ties between UNESCO and Vietnam.

Mentioning the ceremony to mark the 50th anniversary of the Convention Concerning the Protection of the World Cultural and Natural Heritage in Ninh Binh province, the UNESCO official hailed Ninh Binh as an example of cultural preservation in tandem with socio-economic development.

She hailed Vietnam’s policy on valuing culture and considering education one of the driving forces for national development.

According to her, Vietnam is well qualified to host major international conferences, including several ones by UNESCO in the coming time./.

Source: Vietnam News Agency