Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: speech Nienke Trooster

Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: Speech Nienke Trooster

Speech by H.E. Nienke Trooster, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Vo Trong Nghia in Hanoi on 30 March 2017.

Excellencies, colleagues, dear guests, and of course dear Architect Vo Trong Nghia. I am delighted to welcome you all tonight at this Prince Claus Award Ceremony, to celebrate that one of Vietnam’s esteemed citizens, Architect Vo Trong Nghia, has been honoured with one of the Prince Claus Awards.

For the past 20 years, the Prince Claus Awards have honoured outstanding achievements in the field of culture and development. The awards are presented annually to visionary and pioneering individuals, groups and organizations whose cultural actions have a positive impact on the development of their societies. Famous Vietnamese laureates of the Prince Claus Awards include Mr. Trần Lương in 2014; Mr. Dinh Q. Lêin 2010–member of this year’s Prince Claus Awards Committee; and Ms. Dương Thu Hương in 2003.

Let us watch a short video to learn how the jury of the Prince Claus Awards chooses its laureates.

In December, in the Royal Palace in Amsterdam, Architect Vo Trong Nghia was handed the Award by His Royal Highness Prince Constantijn, the Honorary Chair of the Prince Claus Fund. Mr. Vo Trong Nghia has made a substantial contribution to Vietnam’s urban planning by focusing on sustainable architecture. He promotes his country’s culture and heritage by combining local materials and traditional skills with 21st century design. And he has taken an interest in supporting poor, remote communities by designing durable but inexpensive housing.  Laureates of the Prince Claus Award are more than just individual artists. They use their personality, skills and ground-breaking ideas to inspire others and make things happen that have an impact on their surroundings. The 2016 Prince Claus Awards Committee recognized that architect Nghia presents and builds viable, sustainable alternatives, demonstrating to residents, officials and developers that an environmentally friendly architecture and cityscape is possible.

Mr. Nghia is now well-known for his environmentally friendly architecture, and balancing culture and nature. For me personally, and for our government, this is really important: that we strike a balance and respect ‘people, planet and profit’, in our governance, our architecture, our businesses. We at the Embassy started a campaign “Tomorrow is Green’’ to brand the importance of the sustainability agenda for our contacts with our Vietnamese partners. We all have a responsibility to build a green future, in Vietnam and elsewhere. And in Mr. Nghia we have an ally.

But images say more than words. So before I hand over the Prince Claus Award to Mr. Nghia, let’s take a look at this video, explaining and showing his amazing work.

I hope that you are now all convinced of the importance of the award, and the qualities and contribution by Architect Vo Trong Nghia.

Mr. Nghia, I am proud that my government sponsors the Prince Claus Fund with its worldwide mission to promote culture as a driver of social development. And I am proud that we can add yet another Vietnamese artist to its famous list of laureates. Dear Nghia, we hope this award continues to provide you inspiration, and supports you in your efforts to make Vietnam’s architecture and urban planning greener and more sustainable. It is my honour as Dutch Ambassador to now present the award to you, on behalf of the Prince Claus Fund.

 

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Speech by Nienke Trooster, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Vo Trong Nghia in Hanoi on 30 March 2017.

Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: speech Nienke Trooster

Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: Speech Nienke Trooster Speech by H.E. Nienke Trooster, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Vo Trong Nghia in Hanoi on 30 March 2017. Excellencies, colleagues, dear guests, and of course dear Architect Vo Trong Nghia. I am delighted to welcome you all tonight at this Prince...

 
 
 
 

Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: speech Nienke Trooster

Prince Claus Awards 2016 Hanoi Ceremony: Speech Nienke Trooster Speech by H.E. Nienke Trooster, Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Vietnam on the occasion of the presentation of the 2016 Prince Claus Award to Vo Trong Nghia in Hanoi on 30 March 2017. Excellencies, colleagues, dear guests, and of course dear Architect Vo Trong Nghia. I am delighted to welcome you all tonight at this Prince...