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Joint major volunteer project launched
19 February, 2009

VDVN signing
Ms. Setsuko Yamazaki and Mr. Vo Van Thuong (Photo by Truong Viet Hung)
Ha Noi, 18 February 2009 – The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), representing United Nations Volunteers (UNV) today has signed the Detail Project Outline (DPO) of 'Strengthening the Capacity of Volunteerism for Development in Viet Nam (VDVN)' project marking the first project of its kind in Viet Nam.

Representatives from other UN agencies and international volunteer organizations were also present at the event to witness the signing.

UNV Programme Officer – Team Leader, Ms Sandra Veloso, opened the event by expressing her sincere thanks to project partners who has given tremendous support, strong commitment, and encouragement for the development of the project over the last two years. VDVN is the result of close collaboration between HCYU and partners including UNV, Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), Australian Volunteers International (AVI), Volunteering for International Development from Australia (VIDA), and Viettel.

The project, approved by the Prime Minister of Viet Nam in January 2009, aims to promote, facilitate, and enhance the contribution of volunteerism for development in Viet Nam. Equally important, it aims to provide strategic direction to help serve the development of domestic volunteering and provide access and volunteering opportunities to individuals and organisations.

Under its framework, the establishment of the Viet Nam Volunteer Information Resource Centre (VVIRC) is expected to serve as a central place where all information on volunteer opportunities, volunteer management skills, volunteer-involving organizations both local and international, can be accessed.

UNDP Country Director Setsuko Yamazaki said “The UN supports the VVIRC Three-Year Strategic Plan as we recognize the unique and essential contribution the volunteer centre can provide to the Government and to us as individuals, groups, organizations and communities working with volunteerism. The VVIRC will help to promote volunteerism as an incredible resource. If properly harnessed, volunteerism can become an extremely powerful tool for change and volunteers have a unique role to play in contributing to the development of Viet Nam.?

Representing HCYU, First Secretary Mr. Vo Van Thuong, pledged his commitment for the upcoming project operation.
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