Vietnam participates in the 7th ICAPP Youth Wing Meeting in Mongolia

A delegation from the Central Committee's Commission for External Relations of the Communist Party of Vietnam participated in the 7th meeting of the Youth Wing of the International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia from February 23-26.

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Organized by the ruling Mongolian People’s Party (MPP), the gathering united 47 delegates from 18 political parties across 12 Asian nations, alongside approximately 100 young Mongolian representatives. This event built upon the success of the previous ICAPP Youth Wing Meeting and the 7th ICAPP Women’s Wing Meeting held in Mongolia last August, as reported by Vietnamnet.

The discussions primarily revolved around the opportunities and challenges that youth encounter in engaging with national parliaments and political activities. Delegates shared practical solutions and experiences to encourage youth participation in social and political life, emphasizing areas such as training support, access to finance and healthcare, job creation, and entrepreneurship opportunities. Furthermore, they highlighted the crucial role of youth leadership in science, technology, innovation, and creativity.

Scene of the opening session of the 6th ICAPP Media Forum. (Photo: VNA)

The event concluded with the Ulaanbaatar Declaration, reaffirming the commitment of participating parties to promote youth involvement in politics and social development. With the slogan “We Say YES to Youth in Parliament,” the declaration aims to increase youth representation in national parliaments.

On the sidelines of the event, the Vietnamese delegation held meetings with ICAPP Co-Chairman Chung Eui-yong and ICAPP Secretary-General Kwon Hee-seog to explore ways of promoting cooperation between the CPV and ICAPP.

They also conducted working sessions with representatives of the ruling MPP and the Mongolian Democratic Party to discuss further strengthening bilateral relations on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of Vietnam-Mongolia diplomatic ties this year.

Leaders from the ICAPP, Mongolian political parties, and other participants commended Vietnam’s recent achievements in socio-economic development and foreign policy. They acknowledged the positive contributions of the CPV to the overall success of the ICAPP and expressed a common desire to further enhance friendly exchanges and practical cooperation with Vietnam in the future.

Zandanshatar Gombojav, Speaker of the Parliament of Mongolia, delivered a speech during the meeting.

“The Mongolian People’s Party has actively engaged in the activities of Asian political parties since 2004. I have been a member of the organization’s Standing Committee since 2013. We are committed to contributing to the development and reform of political parties, not only by increasing the number of young parliamentarians but also by creating a parliament that includes representatives from all sectors of society in the upcoming regular elections. Additionally, we are providing opportunities for young people to participate in politics, policies, and decision-making,” he stated.

The Speaker emphasized that there are numerous ways for young people to get involved in politics aside from participating in elections, voting, and being elected to parliament. One such method is through digital transformation. The Speaker mentioned the introduction of the “D-parliament” as a means to support citizen participation in legislative activities in Mongolia.

The International Conference of Asian Political Parties (ICAPP) is an international organization comprised of political parties from Asia and Oceania.

Charlotte Pho