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General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong launched "The tree planting festival to be grateful to Uncle Ho" for the Year of Pig 2019

General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong participated in the tree planting ceremony.

Attending the launching ceremony were Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Head of the Central Commission for Internal Affairs Phan Dinh Trac; Secretary of the Party Central Committee, Central Office Chief Nguyen Van Nen; Member of the Party Central Committee, Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung; members of the Party Central Committee, leaders of departments, ministries, central branches and Committees of the National Assembly; staff and officials of MARD; Vietnam Red Cross; together with officials, armed forces and units in Yen Bai province.

Speaking at the launching ceremony, General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong said: Nearly 60 years ago, on November 28th, 1959, with strategic vision, beloved President Ho Chi Minh wrote the post on Nhan Dan newspaper (the People's Newspaper) with the title "Tree planting Tet", analyzing the great meaning and practical benefits of planting trees and forest development to the country, families and every citizen. He pointed out: "It is less expensive but has a lot of benefits"; "It is also a long-term but gentle competition that everyone, from old women to grandchildren, can enthusiastically participate in". At the end of the year of Pig (1959), he called on all people to join a month of planting trees, called "tree planting Tet"; advised people to maintain persistently "tree planting Tet".

Responding to Uncle Ho's appeal, people have implemented the first "tree planting Tet" on the occasion of the Lunar New Year (1960). Since then, "Tree planting Tet" has really brought great benefits to the country and become a good custom of our people in the coming Lunar New Year. Planting trees and afforestation have made an important contribution to proactive prevention and combat of natural disasters, climate change, improvement of ecological environment, beautification of natural landscapes, socio-economic development of the country, improving the material and spiritual life of the people.

General Secretary, State President, Honorary President of Vietnam Red Cross Nguyen Phu Trong presented gifts to disadvantaged households.

The General Secretary and the State President stated that the country is in the process of industrialization and urbanization. Every year, the country must devote a considerable area to industrial and urban development. Along with this process, environmental quality is also declining to an alarming level, the effects of environmental pollution, climate change, global warming and sea level rise are among the biggest environmental challenges for humanity in the 21st century.

In recent years, natural disasters and extreme climatic phenomena are increasing in many parts of the world, including Vietnam, leaving very serious consequences. Socio-economic development coupled with environmental protection, economical and efficient use of natural resources has become a mainstream, vital requirement of every nation.

In such context, the more we adhere to Uncle Ho's instructions, the more deeply we see the necessity and great significance of planting trees and afforestation. Planting more trees will contribute to overcoming the destruction, indiscriminate exploitation of forests, preventing erosion and limiting floods; Planting more trees will contribute to creating a great potential for material wealth for the life of every family and society. For cities, industrial centers, planting more trees also contribute to limiting environmental pollution, keeping fresh air. "Obviously, this is a very necessary job," stressed the General Secretary and State President.

On this occasion, the General Secretary and State President called on the entire Party, the people and the entire army, all levels, branches, localities, all of the people to enthusiastically participate in planting trees and forest development; At the same time, it is necessary to raise awareness and take effective measures to protect forests, prevent illegal logging, forest fires, illegal forest exploitation; increase investment, apply science and technology, create mechanisms to support and encourage sustainable forest economic development.

General Secretary and State President believes that, this year, with the new spirit, new determination, "the tree planting festival is grateful to Uncle Ho" in the Spring of the Pig - 2019 will gain many good results, contribute more the flavor for Vietnam forever green, eternal and sustainable as Uncle Ho's sacred prayer: "Spring is a tree planting festival / Making the country more and more springy".

President of Vietnam Red Cross Nguyen Thi Xuan Thu attended the tree planting ceremony.

At the ceremony, the General Secretary, State President, Honorary President of Vietnam Red Cross Nguyen Phu Trong awarded 20 gifts to 20 poor households in Tran Yen district. Earlier, in response to the "Tet for the poor and Agent Orange victims" movement of the year of Pig 2019, General Secretary, State President, Honorary President of Vietnam Red Cross Nguyen Phu Trong also presented 200 gifts worth VND 1.1 million each (including VND 1,000,000 cash and VND 100,000 in gifts) for disadvantaged households in Yen Bai province with funding mobilized by the Vietnam Red Cross.

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Translated by Nguyen Vinh Hoa