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Boosting youth volunteerism for MDGs in Viet Nam
02 November 2005
by Nguyen Hong Nhung

Ha Noi, Viet Nam: Representatives from six youth-led volunteer groups in Ha Noi agreed on proposals to promote awareness of the Millennium Goals in a meeting hosted by United Nations Volunteers (UNV) programme in Viet Nam. 

Among the issues discussed were the lack of management skills, networking youth groups, and tapping these organizations as sources of volunteer.

"Honestly, I always have a feeling that we are all amateurs in the field. To achieve the professionalism, a standard that will shift us from 'youth volunteer groups' to 'youth volunteer organizations,' we need more training and support, especially from UNV, and we, each and everyone, need to boost volunteerism for the MDGs," said Trinh Cong Thanh, the leader of Blue Dreams.

Thanh was recently awarded with the "IT Knight 2005" for building website that provides information on the aftermath of Agent Orange, a deadly herbicide used by the Americans during the Viet Nam war between 1962 and 1971; and its victims' lawsuit against 37 US chemical companies.

UNV Programme Specialist Nguyen Xuan Thuan highlighted the involvement of youth volunteers at local levels, stating that they effectively contributed to improving social and economic conditions in  the country.

The report "Volunteerism in Viet Nam - Contributions to the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals"  will soon be available in TakingITGlobal web site.