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Hanoi (VNA) - The 2016 Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) Youth Week in conjunction with the Model ASEM will be held in Hanoi and the northern province of Quang Ninh from April 1 to 7.

The events will be organised by the Central Committee of the Ho Chi Minh Youth Union in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF), British Council (BC) and the ASEF University Alumni Network (ASEFUAN).

The ASEM Youth Week, the first of its kind to be held in Vietnam, is an initiative released by Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and co-sponsored by Brunei, Laos and Ireland, which was endorsed at the 10 th ASEM Summit in October 2014 in Milan, Italy.

Themed “Stronger Actions to Address the Zero Hunger Challenge”, the cooperation week is aimed at raising awareness among the youth of their potential in poverty eradication, and providing them a platform to take action in the fight against hunger, contributing to ASEM’s efforts in deploying the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

It also offers Vietnam an opportunity to introduce the country’s achievements in realising its Millennium Development Goals to international friends.

It is expected that the week will draw the participation of about 100 youths and students from 30 ASEM member nations.

At the Model ASEM, a simulation of the actual ASEM Summit, participants will act as leaders to discuss the pillars of ASEM, namely politics, economy, and socio-culture.

Aside from this, they will participate in voluntary acitivities in Quang Ninh province.-VNA