A cultural exchange to welcome the 65th anniversary of the VUFO traditional day (Source :haufo.org.vn)
Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) celebrated the 65th anniversary of its traditional day (November 17) in Hanoi on November 16.

In his opening remarks, VUFO President Vu Xuan Hong recalled November 19, 1950, when the World Peace Protection Committee of Vietnam – the predecessor of the VUFO – was established at a Congress held in Diem Mac commune, Dinh Hoa district in the northern province of Thai Nguyen.

The VUFO chose November 17, the day President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to the Congress on the birth of the VUFO, as its traditional day.

Under the leadership of the Party and President Ho Chi Minh, people-to-people diplomacy has played a breakthrough role and created social consensus for relations between Vietnam and countries worldwide, rallying support for national liberation, reunification and development.

Vietnam has partnered with nearly 1,000 foreign non-governmental organisations (NGOs) from more than 30 countries and territories. Over the course of the past 15 years, NGOs disbursed an excess of 3 billion USD for tens of thousands of projects involving poverty reduction, post-war recovery, public health care, epidemic prevention, environmental protection, social issues, infrastructure, education, climate change and sustainable development.

Speaking at the event, Politburo member and permanent member of the Party Central Committee’s Secretariat Le Hong Anh asked the VUFO to actively launch comprehensive diplomatic strategies, including utilising external relation channels of the Party, State and the people, saying that peace, cooperation and development remain major trends amid complicated and uncertain developments in the world.

It was urged to rally all possible resources for socio-economic development and the world struggle for peace, independence, democracy and social progress.

Cuban Ambassador Lopez Diaz and Managing Co-Director of the NGO Resource Centre Marko Lovrekovic, on behalf of NGOs, extended congratulatory messages to the VUFO on the occasion.-VNA