International Youth Day celebrated in Hanoi

Friday, 2017-08-11 10:06:57
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Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, speaks at the ceremony.
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NDO – Over 500 young people and representatives from ministries, sectors and international organisations gathered at a ceremony in Hanoi, on August 11, to mark the International Youth Day (August 12), under the theme “Youth Empowerment for the Country’s Development”.

The meeting offered an occasion to encourage youths to promote their role in advancing socio-economic growth, peace and sustainable development in the country. A statement on youth, presented at the event, emphasised that young people are the factor of changes and are future leaders, and that they will become successful if they are trusted, empowered and facilitated.

Discussing the role played by young people, Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, highlighted the need to consider the youth’s needs and aspirations in socio-economic development, as well as in the issues related to climate change and peace.

He suggested supporting a broader participation of young people in the sustainable development process and social development, which, he said, is also the key to the realisation of the sustainable development goals outlined in the UN Agenda 2030.

Malhotra stated that Vietnam is experiencing a period of demographic dividend, recording the highest proportion of young people in the country’s history. According to a Vietnamese population change survey, conducted in 2015, people below the age of 29 accounted for a third of the population, which offers Vietnam an opportunity to plan for transformation and train its future generation of leaders.

The UN official congratulated the Vietnamese Government on their considerable efforts in improving the participation of adolescents and youth in the development of youth-related policies and frameworks, especially as Vietnam has become a middle-income nation and has achieved significant economic milestones.

The more educated the youth are in Vietnam, the more interest they will show in political and social issues, thereby becoming a much more active force in organisations, agencies and society, thereby making greater contributions to the country as a whole, he noted.

According to Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Trong Thua, Vietnam always appreciates the role and participation of younger people in the cause of national construction and protection in all stages.

Young people are not only beneficiaries but have also actively participated in the policy planning process, Thua said, adding that the National Assembly and Government’s bodies have organised many forums and open dialogues with young people, thus enabling them to raise their voice.

The celebration’s main event, a policy dialogue between youth representatives and government leaders and parliamentarians, highlighted the role and contribution of young people in Vietnam’s development and allowed for further open dialogues regarding the needs and the role of youth in the policy development processes. Moreover, the event welcomed youth performances and the exhibition of youth-led initiatives, projects and programmes in Vietnam.