|Exact 70 years ago, when the World Peace Protection Committee of Vietnam – the predecessor of the VUFO – was established at a Congress held in Diem Mac commune, Dinh Hoa district in the northern province of Thai Nguyen. The VUFO chose November 17, the day President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to Congress on the birth of the VUFO, as its traditional day. Photos: Tuan Viet/VUFO|
|At the first stop, the delegation arrived at President Ho Chi Minh's Memorial House at the Dinh Hoa Historical Monument Safety Zone (ATK Dinh Hoa).|
|In the holy atmosphere at the Temple of Uncle Ho - ATK Dinh Hoa, Centre of Wind Capital of the North Vietnam War Zone in the past, the delegation respectfully bows to hero's soul of great President Ho Chi Minh of the nation.|
|The delegation then visited the place where the Congress established Vietnam’s Committee for World Peace Protection – the predecessor of the VUFO - in Roong Khoa hamlet.|
|Next, the delegation paid a courtesy visit to the five families who had preserved the relics of the Vietnam’s Committee for World Peace Protection, especially the two families of Trieu Dinh Tham and Trieu Dinh Le, who has donated their land to build relic area. On behalf of the Union, Nga sent a deep thanks to the families who helped facilitate the building and protection of the relic.|
|The VUFO mobilized funds to build five houses for five families with difficult circumstances in the commune.|
|Nga also thanked the leaders of the Thai Nguyen People's Committee, the Department of Foreign Affairs, the provincial Union of Friendship Organizations, Dinh Hoa People's Committee, and Diem Mu commune have created favorable conditions to preserve and protect this important national historical site.|
When Vietnam declared independence on September 2, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh conveyed a clear message that Vietnam wants to be friends with all other democratic countries and doesn’t want to be the enemy of anyone. Vietnam’s goals are freedom, independence, democracy, and peace. Any country in the world that shares those goals is a friend of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh said.
On November 17, 1950, President Ho Chi Minh sent a letter to the Congress on Establishing the World Peace Committee of Vietnam. This day has been selected by the Secretariat of the 10th Party Central Committee as the traditional day of the VUFO as well as people-to-people diplomacy.
Grasping President Ho Chi Minh's ideology and under the leadership of the Party, the people-to-people diplomacy has accompanied the country for over 70 years, actively contributing to the resistance wars for national protection and reunification, renovation, national construction and international integration.
The VUFO now has 116 member organizations (including 64 at the central level and 52 at the local level) and hundreds of friendship associations and chapters in provinces, cities, central agencies and organizations. The VUFO has established diplomatic relations with more than 1,000 international partners.
While the COVID-19 pandemic has spread worldwide, VUFO’s branches have raised funds and donated money and medical equipment worth more than 430,000 USD to its partners and people in affected countries.
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