Quang Binh (VNA) – The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Plus Youth Volunteer Forum and ASEAN Plus Youth Volunteer Award opened in the central province of Quang Binh on August 24.
The four-day event, organized by the National Committee for Youth in Vietnam (NCYV) and the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCMYU), brings together 50 volunteers ASEAN countries and Japan.
It aims to provide an opportunity for ASEAN youth plus to exchange volunteering ideas and experiences, and introduce the culture and people of Vietnam as well as the country’s socio-economic development to international friends. Exceptional people and organizations from ASEAN more countries are also honored at the event.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Nguyen Tuong Lam, Secretary of HCMYU and Permanent Vice President of NCYV, said the world has witnessed and experienced unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic in course of the last three years. Many volunteering activities and projects have been carried out across the region and around the world to overcome these challenges.
He noted that many community initiatives have been rolled out by Vietnamese youth, focusing on activities on digital platforms.
Lam said he expects a network of volunteer individuals and organizations in the region to be built after the event, helping to spread the spirit of volunteerism and jointly contributing to the recovery and development of the region and the world./.