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Singapore names orchid in honour of UNESCO's work

Singapore has named an orchid, Dendrobium UNESCO, in honour of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its work in protecting and preserving world heritage.

SINGAPORE: Singapore has named an orchid in honour of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) for its work in protecting and preserving world heritage.

The Dendrobium UNESCO was named in Doha, Qatar on Saturday on the sidelines of the 38th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee.

The naming of Dendrobium UNESCO also marks Singapore's ratification of the World Heritage Convention about two years ago.

Singapore's Minister for Culture, Community and Youth Lawrence Wong presented the newly-named orchid to UNESCO's Director-General Irina Bokova.

Mr Wong said: "It is a unique and beautiful hybrid with a rare, purplish-blue colour and a truly international lineage. Its heritage can be traced to places all over the world -- from the Philippines to Papua New Guinea, to Australia and the United Kingdom.

"In many ways, it embodies the coming together of many nations in the spirit of mutual appreciation, exchange, cooperation and growth for a common purpose."

Mr Wong said Singapore has a long tradition of researching, protecting and reintroducing native Singapore species to nature areas, parks and the streets.

"We see this as Singapore's contribution to the preservation of our natural heritage," he said.

"I hope this orchid will resonate with UNESCO as a symbol of heritage preservation, and as a reminder that all of us -- all nations -- have a part to play in preserving and safeguarding our world heritage," he added.

Singapore has named orchids after state dignitaries. These included Paravanda Nelson Mandela and Dendrobium Margaret Thatcher.

Orchids have also been named after distinguished organisations, such as the World Trade Organization and the International Olympic Committee. 

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