Participants at the forum pose for photo (Photo: VNA)

The ASEAN Youth Forum 2015 concluded in the city on September 18 by an art programme featuring cultural performances by participating ASEAN countries and the announcement of the forum’s joint message.

A series of in-depth discussions throughout the forum contributed to enhancing solidarity and mutual understanding, particularly in terms of culture and history, among ASEAN member states.

In the joint message, the forum recognised ASEAN cultural identities as a foundation for common interests of the Southeast Asian region and expressed an ambition to achieve an integrated ASEAN community with “One vision, One identity, One community”.

Youth attendees affirmed their responsibility for fostering activities connecting people and raising awareness of ASEAN cultural identities among young people.

They also agreed to preserve and promote the values of ASEAN cultural heritages by improving youth awareness of the region and its history, cultural diversity and religions.

The three-day forum, hosted by the Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union’s municipal chapter, brought together 36 delegates from seven ASEAN member states, including Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam.-VNA