On March, 9th 2017, the students of International Relations Diponegoro University held their study excursion to Hanoi visiting one of the non-governmental institutions which concerns in marinelife. As a country that has long coastline, Vietnam endeavors to protect the sustainable development of its environment and sea. The community that consisted by the youth is believed as the front line and key of local and global change. In order to get better management and preservation in coastal areas, MCD programs work in collaboration with Vietnam Government to implement their strategic projects.
For the students of IRDU, it is important to be aware of environmental issues. As its concentration of study focuses on combating Transnational and International Crimes which of them include environmental crime, crimes at seas and crimes that occur in border area such as coastal areas. As contemporary trends, the issues of environmental crisis and destruction of the rest of nature by human societies in International Relations known as Green Politics. This Greens concept is focusing on the need for global-scale political transformation towards awareness that can provide such a response.
Centre for Marinelife Conservation and Community Development or MCD office is located in building 34T Hoang Dao Thuy, Hà N?i, Vietnam. The students of IRDU were warmly welcomed by the interns, officials and MCD director. Before the presentation and office tour begun, the students were greeted and given short introduction about MCD by Ms. Nguyen Thu Hue, the director. Ms. Nguyen Nhu Quynh, one of the employees then proceeded on giving presentation about MCD internship program that is also known as ‘Blue Lighthouse Program’. Blue Lighthouse Program (BLP) aims to mobilize participation from youth in promoting initiatives for coastal environment protection and climate change adaptation. The program encourages people to share information and knowledge regarding to climate change responses and support to the local communities in implementing initiatives to contribute to the improved resilience of their lives and livelihoods, which are vulnerable because of impacts of climate change and natural disasters. MCD has implemented various activities, including Red River Delta Interprovincial Biosphere Reserve, Cat Ba Biosphere Reserve and Halong Bay World Heritage. After the presentation, the students were divided into 3 groups for having group discussion regarding the topics:
Youth roles in implement SDGs
- Goal No 13: Climate action
- Goal No 14: Life below water
- Goal No 17: Partnership for the goals
The discussion was interactive and exciting. The students discussion results in students perception of which actions could be taken to implement the following SDGs and which actions that youth can be involved in. The discussion initiated new ideas on how universities and other social organizations (NGOs, IOs, INGOs) can encourage as well as collaborate together with youth to implement these SDGs. Among the ideas were included educational practice for people who live in coastal areas by experts, volunteers and students, creative media campaign in any platforms, mandatory assignments at social services in coastal areas for students from every universities, cooperation of promoting environment awareness by student association around the world and providing assistance to students who are willing to research on environmental crisis.
The visit ended with an office tour and in the occasion, the students has had full overview of how exactly the work of MCD is undertaken as well as its working environment. It was a small office but friendly and comforting. The study excursion at MCD was an incredible experience for IRDU students. It was a good start of valuable networking and an open opportunity for other knowledge sharing in the future. Thank you very much for the chance given, MCD!
Welcoming opening session by an intern of MCD
Welcoming speech by the director for MCD, Ms. Nguyen Thu Hue
Group discussion session of participants regarding youth role in implementation of SDG’S
Mr. Mohamad Rosyidin and Ms. Nguyen Nhu Quynh