Continue to coordinate and promote the implementation of programs and activities for young people

Web.HCYU.13/5/2021. On the afternoon of May 12, in Hanoi, Alternate member of the Party Central Committee, Permanent Secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) Central Committee, President of the Vietnam National Union of Students Bui Quang Huy had a meeting with Ms. Lesley Miller, Deputy Chief Representative of UNICEF Viet Nam.

On behalf of the HCYU Central Committee, Mr. Bui Quang Huy welcomed Ms. Lesley Miller and the staff of UNICEF Viet Nam to pay a working visit to the Headquarter of the HCYU. At the same time, he conveyed his thank to the United Nations Office in Viet Nam, UN organizations in Viet Nam, especially UNICEF in Vietnam, for always accompanying the HCYU and Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organization (HYPO) in promoting the development of Vietnamese youth and children.

Mr. Bui Quang Huy presented the logo of the HCYU to Ms. Lesley Miller
Mr. Bui Quang Huy presented the logo of the HCYU to Ms. Lesley Miller

He said: Since the 1990s, the two sides have coordinated to implement projects to promote children's right to participate in children's issues, notably the model of "Junior reporter club" that continues to be maintained until now, even though the project has ended. This is a very effective channel for children to voice their opinions, aspirations and express their right to participate.

In addition, UNICEF has also effectively supported the HCYU in implementing child protection models and activities, especially in the prevention and control of child abuse, accidents and injuries.

In the recent period, especially since the 2016 Law on Children took effect, the HCYU and UNICEF continue to have effective coordination activities to jointly realize the goal of protecting, caring for and educating children, as well as promoting children's right to participate. For example, implementing the program "Vietnamese Children's Voice Forum" to collect children's opinions and aspirations via the Internet; deploying the "Children's Council" model at a number of provinces and cities; supporting to raise awareness and skills for Youth Union and HYPO officials about working with children.

At the meeting, the two sides wished to continue to coordinate to promote the implementation of programs and activities for youth and children in 2021 and the period 2022-2026. In which, promoting the empowerment of children, raising awareness and commitment to action of the society for children; supporting disadvantaged children; equipping digital skills, social skills..., as well as supporting the building of a mentally and physically healthy lifestyle for young people; raising awareness and actions of young people on environmental protection and climate change response.

Mr. Bui Quang Huy suggested that at the present time, it is necessary to carry out accompanying activities for children in the context of the COVID-19 epidemic. It is necessary to address the issue of isolating and protecting children from possible risks when schools are closed; when accessing the internet because children are vulnerable to online abuse; the risk of children being abused at home and children working/trading at home due to epidemics and diseases.

Ms. Lesley Miller agrees and affirms her wish that the cooperation between the Central Committee and UNICEF will become more and more extensive, in order to create favorable conditions for young people and children to have a healthy, clean and safe living environment for their best development. 

-Intl Dept's HCYU Chapter-