A seminar to discuss the implementation of the Vietnam Youth Strategy for the 2011–2020 period took place in Hanoi on November 28.

Jointly organised by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Development Programme in Vietnam , the event drew 150 delegates from ministries and departments nationwide.

Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Tien Dinh asked ministries and departments to annually review and report the strategy outcomes to relevant authorities.

He called on international and non-governmental organisations to assist in the effective implementation of Vietnam’s strategy.

Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, noted that the country is in a period of golden population with the highest rate of youngsters in the nation’s history. She urged Vietnam to take immediate action to provide a better future for the Vietnamese youth.

Recommendations were also put forward at the event, offering youngsters an opportunity to have their voice heard.

Up to 40 percent of the population is between the ages of 10 and 30. They play a significant role in socio-economic development. However, one third of this group have difficulty accessing information, education programmes and health services.-VNA