At the opening ceremony on September 9, Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) President Vu Xuan Hong called on delegates to work out measures to promote peace and ensure security in Asia and Europe.
Participants dilated at length on the peace and security situation in the regions in 2013 and early months of 2014, and pointed out a number of challenges facing citizens of both continents.
They also shared experience in settling conflicts, boosting cooperation and strengthening solidarity in the region.
The Hanoi roundtable is part of a series of events being staged in a number of countries in preparation for the 10th Asia-Europe People’s Forum (AEPF), scheduled for Milan, Italy, from October 10-12.
The event is being jointly organised by the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation under the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organisations (VUFO) and the External Relations Board of the 10th Asia-Europe People's Forum.
The upcoming forum will dwell on these topics: Socially Just Trade and Investment; Universal Social Protection – Guaranteed decent jobs, access to Essential Services and Social Security; Food Sovereignty and Sustainable Land and Natural Resource Management; Climate Change, Sustainable Energy Production and Zero Waste; and Peace and Security.