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The journey of the runner-up of Foreign Trade University to visit and study at the United Nations headquarters-Youth

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From March 14 to March 18, 2022, representatives of 10 United Nations Youth Champion for Disarmament (UN Youth Champion for Disarmament) from Britain, Egypt, Canada, Germany, Lebanon, Nigeria, Turkey, Rwanda, South Africa and Vietnam participated in a field trip at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland. Phung Trang Linh – 4th year student, runner-up of Foreign Trade University participated as the only representative from Southeast Asia in general and Vietnam in particular.

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Phung Trang Linh – 4th year student, runner-up of Foreign Trade University honored to represent Southeast Asia in general and Vietnam in particular to participate in a field study visit at the United Nations headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland Sy.

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From March 14 to March 18, 2022, representatives of 10 United Nations Youth Champion for Disarmament (UN Youth Champion for Disarmament) participated in a field trip at the United Nations headquarters. Country in Geneva, Switzerland.

The 5-day journey gave young people the opportunity to visit the United Nations headquarters (UN), and at the same time meet and learn from experts and experts of the United Nations in charge of each UN agency. Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), International Prohibition Convention Cluster bombs – Convention on Cluster Munitions (CCM), Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), Treaty on the prohibition of nuclear weapons (TPNW), …) such as meeting with diplomats from the permanent missions of Canada and Korea in Geneva. On the same day, the representative of Vietnamese youth – Trang Linh visited the Vietnamese delegation in Geneva and was warmly welcomed with love for compatriots.

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Youth representatives listen to speakers from the Small Arms Survey.

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Meet the Canadian delegation in Geneva.

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The Youth Union on Disarmament met with Ambassador Sang-beom Lim – the representative of the Korean delegation in Geneva.

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Trang Linh and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary Le Thi Tuyet Mai, Head of the Vietnamese Delegation in Geneva.

Not only that, youth representatives also listened to sharings from NGOs working in efforts to promote the abolition of nuclear weapons and humanitarian assistance to overcome the consequences of war such as Campaign ICAN, Small Arms Survey, International Committee of the Red Cross -ICRC, Youth Fushion, United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research – UNIDIR,…

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Asked about her experience of the trip at the UN headquarters, Linh shared: “I really feel the feeling of living in a dream. This is absolutely a life changing experience for young people like me because it is very rare to have the opportunity to go directly to the UN headquarters to meet and talk with UN experts, diplomats, especially in the field of disarmament – a rather hot issue nowadays.

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Through lectures, sharing and Q&A with active speakers, I draw an overview of the system and how countries negotiate with each other through binding and voluntary treaties and agreements. to ensure world security and commit to the reduction or destruction of a wide variety of weapons. To some extent after the trip, personally, I feel more confident and positive in world peace protected by a strict system of rules. It is the result of diplomacy and negotiation over many years.

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However, I also listened to share the difficulties, deadlock in negotiations and the emergence of fighting issues in the region and in the world. There is still much work to be done, many new agreements need to be developed and negotiated in order to sign and monitor the implementation of existing commitments, especially in the current complicated and unpredictable context.

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The speakers all expressed their wish that young people can participate, learn and act more through projects under the topic of disarmament. That shows that young people are being interested and supported to participate more deeply in this field.

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It can be said that as an opening, I am quite happy to have the positive feedback from UNODA about the participation of young Vietnamese people, such as one of the four young people speaking at the Conference on Disarmament, or the first person to participate in the conference. Founder and organizer of the Vietnamese Youth Leaders for Disarmament project – YLD, I feel I have fulfilled my assigned role in the past 2 years. In the future, there will be more opportunities for young people, and I hope to be able to convey information and opportunities from the UN to young Vietnamese people and will have more young Vietnamese representatives participate. !”.

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