More than 30 delegates from Vietnam’s civil society organisations gathered at a conference, the second of its kind, in Hanoi on January 9 to get prepared for the ASEAN Civil Society Conference/ASEAN People Forum 2015, slated for April 22-25 in Malaysia.

Participants heard reports on the results of the second preparatory conference held from December 11-12, 2014 in Malaysia, as well as Vietnam’s preparations for the event.

They also gathered comments and opinions of the organisations on the draft Forum Statement, which is expected to be approved at the third preparatory conference in Malaysia on January 23-24, and submitted to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting in the same month.

Delegates also agreed to set up specialised groups based on four main pillars, namely peace and security, equality in the development, democracy and human’s basic rights, and discrimination and injustice.

Since the first version of the conference was held for the same purpose on October 2, 2014 in Hanoi, Vietnam’s civil society organisations have actively contributed to the preparation of the regional forum.-VNA