A forum aimed at empowering Vietnamese youth to share initiatives and solutions on sustainable development and environmental protection was opened in the central province of Thua Thien-Hue on June 28.

In his opening speech, Director of the British Council in Vietnam Chris Brown voiced his hope that participants will become environment ambassadors with specific actions, expanding spillover effects on the community.

The forum, themed “ Be Active Citizens ”, attracts 40 outstanding young people selected from 400 profiles nationwide, focusing discussions on climate change and natural disasters, energy saving, green economy, bio-diversification, vulnerable groups and climate change.

The five-day event is held within the framework of the active citizen programme launched by the British Council in 2009. The programme has been implemented successfully in 38 countries around the world, attracting the participation of 530,000 youngsters and bringing great value to 15 million people.-VNA