Scheduled for consideration at the National Assembly’s eighth meeting, the bill will continue to fully institutionalise the Party’s guidelines on youth, particularly Resolution No.25-NQ/CP on strengthening Party leadership on youth work in the period of industrialisation and modernisation.
Michael Croft, UNESCO’s Head of Office in Vietnam and Vice Chair of the Thematic Group on Adolescents and Youth of UN in Vietnam, said the involvement of young people in law-building is a practical way to ensure that their demands are met in the new regulations.
He said that building youth consultation groups and discussions with the Government are important steps and a mechanism to ensure youth participation in the development process and in assessing youth-related projects.
He said the One UN in Vietnam is committed to supporting the Vietnamese government and partners to ensure youths’ opportunities and rights.
Vu Van An, a student from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law, suggested the Youth Law stipulates the rights of young people to raise their voices and discuss political issues and socio-cultural policies. He proposed that the State should ensure a safe and open space for young people to discuss policies, laws, and other issues.
The NA deputy delegations and Vietnam Fatherland Front need to ensure that young people from all walks of life can meet representatives of the legislature and People’s Councils, he said, adding that ministries and agencies should acquire youths’ opinions and discuss State and social management with them.
Le Anh, a student from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanities, said the rate of young people in legislature remains low, citing that legislators below 30 years old account for a mere 1.6 percent.
He proposed that universities should offer education on political participation to youths and ensure their rights to political involvement.
Chief of the Office of the National Committee on Youth Le Nam Huong said the PM has requested that Party units and local authorities hold dialogues with young people every March. Young people should grasp the opportunity to express their knowledge, experience, and viewpoints over key issues.