More than 200 photos confirming Vietnam’s sovereignty over its seas and islands are on display at an exhibition on Phu Quoc Island in southern Kien Giang province on May 15.

Organised by the Vietnam News Agency and the Vietnam Students’ Association, the event has drawn over 900 students nationwide as well as officers and soldiers from the local Military Zone 5.

The photos feature the marine system of Vietnam and the history of defending national sovereignty and building sea-based economy.

Director of the agency’s Photo Centre, Nguyen Hong Ky, highlighted a similar event held in the Ly Son island district of central Quang Ngai province last year, which helped raise the young people’s sense of responsibility to protect the country’s sea and island sovereignty.

A national flagpole will be built by students on the provincial Tho Chu Island as part of the “Students support the nation’s sea and islands 2014” programme, which runs from May 15-18 and will provide students with knowledge on the Law of the Sea of Vietnam, the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC).-VNA