Vietnam-initiated International Day of Play celebrated in New York

Vietnam, along with other core group countries, brought the first-ever International Day of Play to life at the United Nations headquarters in New York on June 11.

The day (June 11), designated International Day of Play by United Nations General Assembly Resolution 78/268 on March 25, was initiated by Vietnam and the five other core group countries (including Bulgaria, El Salvador, Jamaica, Kenya, and Luxembourg) and co-sponsored by 138 nations.

Vietnam-initiated International Day of Play celebrated in New York
UNICEF Ambassador Lucy Liu speaks about the meaning of play to children’s development. (Source: VNA)

During a high-level discussion marking the occasion, delegates highlighted the critical role of play in child development and social progress worldwide.

Scholars and experts urged the international community and inpidual countries to prioritize this vital aspect of childhood through dedicated policies and programs. The goal is to ensure that all children, regardless of circumstance, have the opportunity to play, develop, and become positive contributors to society and the world.

Standing Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Minh Vu and Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang joined the celebration as special guests at an "Early Learning through Play" event where they engaged in play-based learning activities with preschoolers from the UN International School (UNIS) in New York.

On the occasion, the regional president of the LEGO Group for the Americas commended Vietnam's role in advocating the UN resolution and expressed his hope for continued collaboration to spread the importance of play for children worldwide. Additionally, he also acknowledged Vietnam's support for the LEGO factory in the southern province of Binh Duong to operate soon.

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(Source: VNA)