Vietnamese youth delegation conclude ASEAN+3 Youth Forum in Thailand

Web.HCYU.24/09/2015. A youth forum to boost ASEAN readiness amongst youths in ASEAN+3 countries held from 17 to 21 September 2015 in Bangkok and the province of Nonthaburi, Thailand. The forum hosted by the Department of Children and Youth, Ministry of Social Development and Human Security of Thailand.

Under the theme of “ASEAN+3 Youth: Social contributors for Caring and Sharing Community”, the program promotes the active participation of youth in social contributions; to build a strong and sustainable ASEAN+3 youth network to initiate and collaborate effective youth development programs; and to promote mutual understanding among children, youths and other  social contributors. At the same time, it offers a unique opportunity for youths to share, discuss different dimensions of ASEAN readiness, and learn to appreciate the “unity in identity” between member states.
Youth delegates taking group photo
Youth delegates taking group photo

More than 100 youths from the host country and other member states in the ASEAN+3 community, including 4 young delegates from Vietnam, have attended the event

At the opening ceremony, Mrs. Rarinthip Sirorat, Director General of the Department of Children and Youth stressed the important of the strengthened participation of youths in understanding social responsibilities and activities. She also pointed out that the youth of today are the role models for other younger children in the country, therefore they are not only responsible for their own future, but also taking the leading role for the progress and sustainable development of the next generation.

Within the program framework, participants have received an informative lecture on ASEAN Common Identity and the role of mass media innovations in promoting regional integration by Mr. Anothai Udomsilp – Director of Public Mass Media Academic Institute; immersed in an active discussion following an inspiring presentation on Social contribution initiatives delivered by Assist. Prof. Jitti Mongkolchaiaranya, Ph.D, Thammasat University, Director of Move World Together Project. They also spent time visiting and doing community services in Nonthaburi Province; visiting the Emerald Buddha Temple, the Grand Palace and the National Museum of Thailand.

Delegates from Vietnam have impressed all the participants by being friendly and actively taking part in all activities and discussion; well pitching the culture, knowledge and spirit of Vietnamese youths in the culture exhibition, the traditional performance and especially the presentation on the role of sustainable Mekong water governance in building a sustainable, caring and sharing community, which had received a round applause from the participants.

During the program, Vietnamese delegates also had informal visits to the Embassy of Vietnam to Thailand.

Le Trang