Fifth ASEAN Senior' Officials Meeting on Youth opens in Vietnam

16:51, October 25, 2010      

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The fifth ASEAN Senior Officials' Meeting on Youth (SOMY) and the fourth SOMY Plus Three open in Hanoi on Monday, drawing senior officials from ten countries in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and its three partners including China, the Republic of Korea and Japan.

Nguyen Hoang Hiep, Secretary of Central Committee of Vietnam's Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union said at the opening ceremony that the meeting is a cooperation mechanism on youth issues among ASEAN and ASEAN Plus three countries.

The meeting will review the implementation of cooperation programs in the past and map out plans for the coming time, said Hiep.

At the meeting, representatives will also discuss preparation work for the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Youth and ASEAN Plus Three Ministerial Meeting on Youth that will take place in Vietnam later this year.

During the three-day meeting, representatives will hold discussions on youth development cooperation including human resources development, hunger elimination and poverty reduction, increasing youth awareness on ASEAN, promoting youth participation and responsibility on building ASEAN Community.



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