NGO Resource Centre News - December 15 - 31

Welcome to the NGO Resource Centre Newsletter for December 15 - 31, 2007

First of this week, The VUFO-NGO Resource Centre would like to take this opportunity to send you and your families our best wishes for a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

At the last INGO Discussion Group Meeting held in HCM City on Thursday 25 October 2007, it was agreed that the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre should explore the possibility of establishing working groups based in HCM City relating to the existing Working Groups under the NGO RC based in Hanoi. In light of this development, the NGO RC is facilitating coordination relating to this process, together with INGOs in HCM City, and is inviting any interested INGOs based in the south of Vietnam to join the process by signing up to the HCMC INGO email list at http://mailman.ngocentre.org.vn/cgi-bin/mailman/listinfo. For further information, please visit http://www.ngocentre.org.vn/node/5364.

In other news this week, a meeting was held at the NGO RC on December 14 to broaden the participation of INGOs, as well as Vietnamese NGOs, in the climate change debate and enable NGOs to share their current engagement and future interest in addressing climate change. The meeting also aimed to discuss the need and options for NGO coordination regarding climate change, and explore the potential for establishing a partnership or working group on the issue. If you would like to participate in this initiative, please visit http://www.ngocentre.org.vn/node/5457 to download the database form, and fill in and return the questionnaire to administrator@ngocentre.org.vn. The meeting minutes are also available at the above link, as well as presentations on the impact of climate change in Vietnam.

We would like to inform you that Medecins du Monde office has moved to a new location. Their new address, telephone and fax number as follows:
Medecins du Mone
18/26 Tran Quang Dieu St, Ward 14, Dist 3, HCMC
Tel: (84-08) 2908 035- 2908 036; Fax: (84-08) 2908 037
Email addresses are unchanged.

The Hanoi office of Australian Volunteers International has moved to a new location at:
28B Ha Hoi Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi
Tel. (84 4) 9410 547/0548; Fax: (84 4) 9410 549.
Email addresses are unchanged.

BirdLife International in Indochina has also move its office to:
BirdLife International Indochina
N6/2+3, Lane 59, Lang Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84 4) 5148 904 / 5148 903; Fax: (84 4) 5148 921.
Email addresses are unchanged.

There is three working group meetings coming up in the next few weeks: the HCM City INGO Discussion Group meeting will be held on January 10 from 8:00 – 12:00 at the HUFO office; the Disability Working Group will be held on January 10 from 14:00 – 16:00 at the NGO RC; and the Water Supply and Sanitation Working Group meeting will be held on January 18 from 14:00 – 16:00 at NGO RC.

See the Calendar section below for more details.

Please be informed that the NGO RC will be closed on December 24 and 25 for Christmas and December 31 and January 1 for New Year Day.

All the best from the NGO Resource Centre Team.