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ASEM youth week 2016 kicks off in Hanoi

Sunday, April 03, 2016, 16:39 GMT+7

The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) youth week in conjunction with the Model ASEM kicked off in the Vietnamese capital city of Hanoi on April 1.

Themed ‘Stronger Actions to Address the Zero Hunger Challenge,’ the event has attracted over 100 young delegates and students from 30 ASEM member countries.

According to ASEM InfoBoard, the official website of the ASEM, the week is aimed at enhancing the youth’s understanding of Asia-Europe partnership and providing them with a platform to take action in the fight against hunger.

Dang Quoc Toan, secretary of the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, said that the week is also a chance for participants to share their thoughts on the role of youngsters in building a prosperous, peaceful world with sustainable development.

During the week, delegates will act as leaders to discuss and exchange views on several socio-cultural, political, and economic issues.

They will issue a joint statement at the end of the program, slated for April 7.

Besides taking part in main activities in Hanoi, young delegates will visit charitable organizations and well-known tourist destinations in the northern province of Quang Ninh.

The week, the first of its kind in Vietnam, is an initiative by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, which was endorsed at the 10th ASEM Summit in Milan, Italy, in October 2014.

This year, it is jointly organized by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union, the Asia-Europe Foundation, the British Council, the ASEF University Alumni Network, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Asia-Europe Meeting is an informal process of dialogue and cooperation bringing together the 28 European Union member states, two other European countries, and the European Union with 21 Asian countries and the ASEAN Secretariat, according to its website.

The ASEM dialogue addresses political, economic and cultural issues, with the objective of strengthening the relationship between the two regions, in a spirit of mutual respect and equal partnership.

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