As a socio-political organization responsible for
people-to-people diplomacy, last year, The Vietnam Union of Friendship
Organizations (VUFO) and its central and local members contributed actively and
effectively to the diplomacy of the Party and State, playing an important part
in consolidating the relationship between the people of Viet Nam and other
countries in the world.
In 2017, the people-to-people work of VUFO continued
to achieve positive results in many areas: The relationships with external
partners continued to be diversified and multilateralized, the network of
international friends was extended etc. The people-to-people diplomacy
activities were directed to neighbor countries and Southeast Asia (Laos,
Cambodia, China and ASEAN countries), countries with strategic and
comprehensive partnership, countries with traditional ties.
On the other hand, in 2017, VUFO successfully
organized many important diplomatic activities, such as organizing “Friendly
meeting to celebrate Dinh Dau Spring 2017”; organizing Vietnam-Cuba Friendly
exchange to celebrate high-level delegation of Cuban National Assembly of
People's Power; organizing Inauguration ceremony of the Vietnam – China
Friendship Palace, with the attendance of China General Secretary, President Xi
Jinping and senior leaders of the two countries; coordinating with Nhan dan
Newspaper and Vietnam Television to organize a series of events to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the
Russian October Revolution; Vietnam – China People’s forum; the activities in
the Vietnam-Laos Friendship, Solidarity Year; activities in the year
Vietnam-Cambodia Friendship; the activities to celebrate the 50th Anniversary
of ASEAN, etc.
The activities of aid mobilization from foreign
non-governmental organizations (FNGOs) were met with difficulties, but the
central and local organizations actively innovated the ways and diversified the
aid sources, introduced and mobilized the organizations to fund the economic –
socio – security development. As a result, there were 30 newly registered
organizations operating in Vietnam, with more than 2.000 programs, projects,
with the total committed value of aid amounting to 300 million USD. The FNGOs
mainly supported poverty alleviation, socio-economic development, climate
change adaptation, etc.
In the coming time, VUFO will promote the
people-to-people diplomacy activities toward the neighbor countries; continue
to propagate widely about the ASEAN Community and its friendship, especially
raising the awareness about the ASEAN Community among the people; deepen the
people’s friendly relationship in all areas such as peace, solidarity,
friendship, cooperation in culture, science and technology, economy; trade;
tourism etc.; propagate about our country, people, development policies to
friends all over the world.
VUFO will promote the external information propaganda
activities, make use of the new technologies to inform international friends
about the situation of the country, the development in all aspects, the changes
of the country and the challenges that we have to overcome.
People-to-people diplomacy today must learn from the
precious lessons in the past, that is the people-to-people relation must be
reflected in a new modern working style. The cores of our people in treating
friends in the world are the sincerity, loyalty, nobility, niceness, generosity,
and good-nature. We must ensure that when visiting Vietnam, anyone who has had
a bad opinion about Vietnam will have a new good opinion, anyone who loves
Vietnam will love our country even more.
The people-to-people diplomacy will make the most of
the valuable experiences and teaching of Uncle Ho: “Under any circumstances,
Vietnamese revolution always need international solidarity”. Maybe due to the
geopolitical position of our country, we always had to fight against much
larger enemies. Thus, we need the solidarity of international friends, in a
story (?) that need to be consistent, remain unchanged. Everyone works in
people-to-people diplomacy must be imbued with that. Other issues such as
diplomatic skill, foreign language, professional knowledge etc. are always
required and must be improved in the new situation.
Nowadays, the situation in the region and the world
is complicatedly and unpredictably changing. Besides opportunities, our country
continue to face many difficulties and challenges. Therefore, the
people-to-people diplomacy must call for the participation of the people,
ensure the popularity in diplomatic activities. To achieve that, the
people-to-people diplomacy activities must be promoted at the base and local
level, where a large number of people contribute to build up the friendly
relationship between the people of Vietnam and other countries; take advantage
of the help of the international people to support Vietnam in the course of
developing and protecting the country.
Don Tuan Phong