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     In 1987, Vietnamese government has officially participated in the International Convention concerning the Protection of the World cultural and natural heritage. This initiated the integration of Vietnam in the international activities in terms of conservation and development of heritages’ values of Vietnam.
     In 1991, council of ministers (today called Prime Minister) permitted Vietnam’s National Commission for UNESCO and Ministry of Culture and Information (known today Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism) to coordinate with some local authorities to set up a scientific documentation of 5 cultural and natural heritage sites including Ha Long Bay to submitt UNESCO for approval and inscription on the World Heritage List.
     In October 1993, nomination file of Ha Long Bay was completed and submitted to the World Heritage Committee. Then, the Committee has sent a group of experts from ICOM (International Council of Museum) and IUCN (International Union for Conservation of Nature) to Ha Long Bay to undertake the examination of integrity of the site.

                   Receiving certificated of recognition for the first time

     During the examination and review process of these international experts (from February to October, 1994) Ha Long Bay nomination file has been continued to be supplemented in order to clarify the boundaries, management organization, and protection of the site.
     On 17th December, 1994 at the 18th session of the World Heritage Committee at Phuket, Thailand, Ha Long Bay was officially adopted by the Committee to be inscribed on the World Heritage List for its aesthetic value under criteria iii of the International Convention concerning the Protection of the World cultural and natural heritage. The inscription of Ha Long Bay has reached unanimous agreement of the participants.

 

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