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'For the Love of Life' in Viet Nam
01 December 2006

Ha Noi, Viet Nam: The United Nations has proclaimed 1 December as World AIDS Day, 3 December International Day of Disabled Persons, and 5 December as the International Volunteer Day. For the last few years, in early December, organizations that involve disabled people and various agencies have organized meetings and exchange programs to mark the three days in Viet Nam.

This year UN agencies, the Hanoi Disabled People’s Association and similar organizations will hold an exchange programme called "For the Love of Life" on 3 December at Thong Nhat park in Ha Noi.  The event is also in line with the UN General Assembly’s upcoming approval of the ‘Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities’ and the response to the call of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (UNESCAP).

The program is for people such as disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS and enthusiastic volunteers who are actively supporting the disadvantaged ones as well as serving in other development areas. It is also aimed at enhancing the competence of the Hanoi Disabled People’s Association and disabled people’s organizations.

Attending the meeting are leaders of the government, involving ministries, committees and branches, ambassadors, representatives from international and non-governmental organizations, disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS; national and international volunteers.

In addition, there are 30 booths displaying products made by disabled people from the disabled people’s production and business enterprises- members of Vietnam Association of Business Enterprises for People with Disabilities; information booths on organizations involving disabled people, people living with HIV/AIDS, volunteers; exchange activities on

the program “ICT-Lighten the Belief”, and entertainment.