Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duc Soat addresses the congress.

The congress was themed “Improving the spirit of solidarity, responsibility, and noble humanity, striving to build a strong association and fulfill assignments; promoting synergy, joining hands in overcoming post-war UXO consequences for a peaceful life and development.”

In his opening speech, Lieutenant General Nguyen Duc Soat, Chairman of the association, emphasized that though facing various difficulties, and challenges caused by the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as large-scale natural disasters and flooding, the association, under the leadership of the executive committee, standing board, and leaders of the association’s central committee, has completed all duties, with some being outperformed, meeting the scheduled programs and plans.

Presenting the political report of the executive committee of the first tenure (2014-2021), Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Khoa, Permanent Vice Chairman of the association, highlighted the expansion of the association nationwide with nearly 1,500 members and over 80 percent of them are university and post-graduate degree holders.

Gen. Khoa also stressed good results of the association’s diverse dissemination forms and contents to raise the public’s awareness of prevention of UXO-related accidents, and to call for more support for the post-war UXO consequence overcoming efforts from domestic and international sponsors.

Lt. Gen. Pham Ngoc Khoa presents the political report.

Apart from equipping local students and people in UXO-polluted areas with basic knowledge of UXO, the association has teamed with other forces to provide livelihood support for disadvantaged UXO victims.

Attentively, since 2018, the association in collaboration with My Lai Peace Foundation (present Vietnam Peace Foundation), and Ho Chi Minh City’s Share organization offered free health check-ups and medicines to UXO victims, policy beneficiary families, poor people, and books, bikes and other gifts to students in remote and mountainous areas.

During its tenure, the association, gave livelihood support to 5,600 people, including over 300 families of UXO victims, presented gratitude houses, production supplies, financial support, wheel-chairs, artificial limbs and others to the needy nationwide.

At the meeting, general goals and directions of duties for the next tenure were set out.

The executive board of the association of the second tenure debuted

The congress elected a 38-member executive committee for the second tenure in 2022-2027 and a five-member inspection committee. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Duc Soat was reelected as the Chairman of the association.

Translated by Mai Huong