Conference highlights significance of people-to-people diplomacy

The Chairman of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO), Vu Xuan Hong, expressed his desire at a meeting with newly accredited ambassadors and chief representative officials in Hanoi on March 21 before they leave to assume new positions overseas. Hong said as VUFO is in charge of people-to-people diplomacy work, its activities help boost ties with traditional friends, build relations with new partners and make full use of overseas support, especially from foreign non-governmental organizations, to deal with the aftermath of war, poverty reduction and national development. The Ambassadors and chief representative officials are committed to working closely with VUFO to fulfil diplomatic tasks entrusted to them by the Party and State.... [read more]

The Hanoitimes - It has been 15 years since Hanoi being recognized as the City for Peace by UNESCO and Hanoi deserves this noble title. In celebration of this great event, Hanoi Union of Friendship Organizations (HAUFO) cooperated with Hanoi Peace Committee to hold the exhibition 15 years of Hanoi - The City for Peace. This event is a meeting in celebration of the 60th anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day, the 15th year since Hanoi being recognized as the City for Peace by UNESCO and the awards ceremony of this contest. The exhibition "15 years of Hanoi - The City for Peace" was one of those event. This Exhibition features photos taken by the international photo artists who always cherish an ardent love for Hanoi. It presents to domestic and international visitors a Hanoi - the City for Peace, a Capital of a 1000 - year - old civilization and a dynamic city in the course of integration and development. At the opening ceremony, Ambassador of Palestine, one of the authors who have taken a lot of photos of Hanoi, said: "I did not came here as a guest, but I came with my love as the love of a son towards his homeland where he got his baggage of life. It left to me the unforgettable memories and was where I started to deeply feel and admire the historical traditional, magnanimous culture and humanity of the Vietnamese people". Hanoi has always been the leading city in the course of…... [read more]

The insignia aims to honour the significant contributions of Mr. Valenghi in humanitarian and developmental activities in Vietnam, said Don Tuan Phong, Director of the VUFO’s People’s Aid Co-ordinating Committee (PACCOM) in Vietnam. Projects deployed by Mr. Valenghi and his staff have helped increase the capacity and operational efficiency in agencies, Phong noted. In the last five years, Valenghi has made great contributions to assisting Vietnam’s Ministry of Health, Departments of External Affairs, Departments of Agriculture and Rural Development, Departments of Home Affairs and provincial People’s Committees over the country, in such fields as agriculture, rural development and public administration reform.... [read more]

Foreign NGOs renew commitment to Vietnam Int’l NGOs support Vietnam's health care NGOs pledge $165.5 million in aid for Vietnam The new decree will take effect as from June 1, 2012, replacing the older version issued in 1996. It was first compiled in 2007 after the release of ministerial, industry and locality reports on NGO operations, said Don Tuan Phong, director of the People's Aid Co-ordinating Committee (PACCOM) run by the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO). As part of new proceedings, administrative procedures in issuing operating licences for NGOs will be simplified, Phong added, saying such licences will be valid for three years instead of the initial one year. Organizations will be able to apply for operating licences by directly submitting paperwork to the Committee for Foreign Non-governmental Organization Affairs, who will reply within 45 days. NGOs will be encouraged to implement long-term projects of at least five years, in terms of humanitarian and development initiatives, Phong said, adding that organizations will be allowed to set up representative offices in the three big cities of Hanoi, HCM City and Danang. Organisations will be prohibited from conducting political or religious activities and such operations deemed unsuitable to national security, defence and solidarity.... [read more]

The amount of aid was less than the US$304 million recorded last year as NGOs shifted their priority to humanitarian hotspots worldwide, reports at the conference said. However, the number of NGOs operating in Vietnam is increasing. Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and deputy head of the Committee on NGOs Don Tuan Phong told the participants that NGOs are switching their assistance to the fields of environment, climate change, capacity building and policy lobby, beyond infrastructure and equipment supply. Reviewing this year’s activities, the committee has worked closely with ministries and agencies to raise domestic and foreign financial assistance via conferences and seminars, built guidebooks on administrative procedures in five languages, and offered personnel training at both grassroots and central levels. About tasks for 2016, it will continue providing administrative, technical and legal support to foreign NGOs, boosting ties with embassies, development cooperation agencies, the United Nations and international organisations, improving policy consultation, research and personnel training. Concluding the conference, Deputy Foreign Minister Ho Xuan Son, who is also head of the NGO committee, called for effectively utilising aid and seeking new capital from businesses and foreign funds in Vietnam.... [read more]

In his opening address, Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Vice President Don Tuan Phong noted that despite the geographical distance, both nations cherish national independence, freedom, peace, friendship and solidarity. He recalled anti-war demonstrations staged by Argentinean people to support Vietnamese people’s past struggle for national independence and liberation during the resistance war against American aggression. Argentina was one of the first Latin American nations to establish diplomatic ties with Vietnam on October 25, 1973. Bilateral relations have since developed well through regular visit exchanges and the signing of various cooperation agreements, alongside people-to-people diplomacy. Friendship and cultural exchanges have helped promote mutual understanding between the two peoples, Phong said. Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc said the opening of embassies in the two capitals and reciprocal visits by the two countries’ top leaders have added fresh impetus to bilateral political, economic and cultural cooperation. During an Argentina visit in April 2010 by Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, both countries released a joint statement, affirming their comprehensive cooperation reached the strategic status. President Cristina Fernandez’s visit to Vietnam in January 2013 opened up prospects of cooperation in trade, telecommunications, energy and agriculture. Two-way trade has increased considerably in recent times, from US$316 million in 2007 to US$1 billion in 2012 and is expected to hit a record high of US$1.5 billion in 2013, making Argentina the second largest Latin American trade partner of Vietnam. Argentinean ambassador Claudio Ricardo Gutierrez stressed the rapid development of Argentina-Vietnam ties over the…... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Information and Communications Nguyen Minh Hong was appointed as VCFA President The VCFA has more than 2,000 members who are former students, post-graduates, workers, and diplomats who worked and studied in the Czech Republic. Vice President of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong acknowledged the VCFA’s efforts during the previous term and agreed with its tasks for the next term, which will focus on consolidating current partnerships and expanding the organisation’s network of friends and partners. The association should also diversify its activities and promote cooperative relations in economics, trade, culture, education, and the arts, as well as poverty reduction, tourism and social affairs, Phong said. Czech Ambassador to Vietnam, Martin Klepetko, and the honourary President of the Czech-Vietnam Friendship Association, Marcel Winter, said he hope that the new executive board will help the VCFA gain new achievements in the next term and strengthen the friendship between the two countries. Newly appointed president Hong reviewed the VCFA’s activities in the past term with a focus on fostering people-to-people exchanges and consolidating the traditional friendship. The website hoivietsec.org.vn provides information about the socio-economic situation in both countries as well as the Vietnamese community in the Czech Republic. On the occasion, VUFO also presented insignias for peace and friendship among nations and certificates of merit to the VCFA and a number of associated individuals and organisations.... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Thanks to the lobbying efforts of relevant agencies, non-government organisations (NGOs) in Vietnam have contributed remarkably to the country’s poverty alleviation, resolving social issues and bolstering sustainable development. Bui Thanh Son, Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Head of the Committee on Foreign Non-Government Organisations, made the remark at a conference held in Hanoi on December 26 to review the NGO aid mobilisation in 2016 and set out tasks for 2017. Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong said in 2017, the committee needs to closely follow the Prime Minister’s instructions on the NGO-related affairs, ensuring transparency in financial activities. Besides that, the committee needs to research, give advice to revising legal documents to make them clearer and consistent with the NGO affairs. The committee was asked to effectively implement solutions put forwards in the promotion programme on mobilising NGO sponsorship during 2013-2017 period and continue studying and forecasting to build the national programme for the next period. In 2016, NGOS have involved in over 2,000 projects with a combined financial sponsorship estimated at 300 million USD, equal to the figure in 2015. Besides economic efficiency, NGOs continued making contributions to improving mutual understanding and expanding relationship between Vietnam and international friends.-VNA... [read more]

In his remarks at a conference in Hanoi on December 26 to review the NGO aid mobilization in 2016 and devise tasks for 2017, Bui Thanh Son who is also Deputy Foreign Minister highlighted NGOs' efforts in joining hands with other relevant agencies to help spur national development. Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong suggested the committee closely follow the Prime Minister’s instructions on the NGO-related affairs, ensuring transparency in financial activities next year. It is imperative for the committee to research, give advice to revising legal documents to make them clearer and consistent with the NGO affairs, he noted. The committee was asked to effectively implement solutions in the promotion programme on mobilizing NGO sponsorship during 2013-2017 period and continue studying and forecasting to build the national programme for the next period. In 2016, NGOS have engaged in over 2,000 projects with a combined financial sponsorship estimated at US$300 million, equal to the figure in 2015. During the reviewed period, NGOs continued deepening mutual understanding and expanding relationship between Vietnam and international organizations.... [read more]

In his remarks at a conference in Hanoi on December 26 to review the NGO aid mobilization in 2016 and devise tasks for 2017, Bui Thanh Son who is also Deputy Foreign Minister highlighted NGOs' efforts in joining hands with other relevant agencies to help spur national development. Vice President and General Secretary of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) Don Tuan Phong suggested the committee closely follow the Prime Minister’s instructions on the NGO-related affairs, ensuring transparency in financial activities next year. It is imperative for the committee to research, give advice to revising legal documents to make them clearer and consistent with the NGO affairs, he noted. The committee was asked to effectively implement solutions in the promotion programme on mobilizing NGO sponsorship during 2013-2017 period and continue studying and forecasting to build the national programme for the next period. In 2016, NGOS have engaged in over 2,000 projects with a combined financial sponsorship estimated at US$300 million, equal to the figure in 2015. During the reviewed period, NGOs continued deepening mutual understanding and expanding relationship between Vietnam and international organizations.... [read more]




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