Cao Bang to host the 8th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network Symposium in 2024

Monday - 12/12/2022 09:35
From September 4-11, the 7th Asia Pacific Geoparks Network (APGN) in the theme of “Geoparks: Building sustainable communities” took place in Satun UNESCO Global Geopark (UGGp), Thailand. The delegation of Cao Bang province led by Mr. Hoang Xuan Anh, Deputy Secretary of the Provincial Party Committee, Chairman of the Provincial People's Committee participated in the symposium.

APGN Symposium is held every 2 years in the Asia Pacific countries hosting UNESCO Global Geoparks to share and exchange experiences in the operation and development of geoparks in line with UNESCO criteria. Attendees include representatives of geoparks around the world, experts, scientists, lecturers, managers, about 800 participants are from oversea. Within the framework of the symposium, workshops, cultural and art performances, geofair introducing the unique local tourism images and cultures are organized.

Seeing that hosting the Symposium will be a good opportunity for Cao Bang to exchange experience in the operation and development of UNESCO Global Geopark model with other countries las well as promote the image of Cao Bang, the People's Committee of Cao Bang province directed Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism (the Management Board of Non nuoc Cao Bang Geopark) to prepare a strong candidature dossier showing the exceptional featured and combined strength of Non nuoc Cao Bang Geopark, infrastructure system and capacity in organizing international level events.

Presenting the 8th APGN 2024 candidature dossier in front of the representives of APGN members

On September 6th, 2022, Cao Bang Provincial Delegation attended the meetings of APGN Advisory Committee and APGN Coordinator Committee and directly presented the candidature dossier on hosting the 8th APGN Symposium in Cao Bang in 2024. The dossier received consensus and high appreciation of APGN AC members for the thorough preparation and capacity of Cao Bang province. 100% of APGN AC agreed to select Cao Bang province as the host of the 8th APGN Symposium in 2024. On September 10th, in the Closing Ceremony, the APGN Symposium flag transfer from Satun province to Cao Bang province took place, Cao Bang officially became the host of the 8th APGN Symposium in 2024.

The Symposium held in Cao Bang will be an opportunity for the province to continue to exchange experiences in geopark management, development and promotion with other geoparks and countries worldwide, enhance the promotion the image of Cao Bang tourism to national and international tourists, realizing the goal of Cao Bang tourism branding, concretizing the Resolutions of the Central Government, the provincial activity plan, which opens up many new opportunities for Cao Bang tourism, making positive and important contributions to the local tourism, gradually and firmly transforming tourism sector into a spearhead economic sector.

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