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2021.03.01

FIDR is partaking in the Sustainable Coffee Project, implemented by AEON Co., Ltd in the prefecture of Son La, Vietnam.

FIDR is joining the Sustainable Coffee Project which is to be organized by AEON Co., Ltd in Son La province, located in the north-western region of Vietnam.

Son La is located about 320 kilometers north-west of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. The province is regarded not only as a major agricultural hub for coffee bean production, (of which Vietnam ranks second globally) but also as an area to ethnic minorities facing harsh levels of poverty.

To combat this, AEON Co., Ltd is working on implementing initiatives that will balance the sustainability of natural resources with the consistent development of business activities within these areas. As one of the activities, the company set a goal of reaching an eco-friendly standard, not just for the environment, but also for the benefit of local producers, for all private coffee brands being sold and started this Sustainable Coffee Project.

As a partner of this project, based off of our previous years of experience providing development support to ethnic minorities in Central Vietnam, FIDR will continue to work on introducing new farming methods and technologies to support coffee bean producers in an effort to improve the living standard for residents within Son La.

For more information regarding the project, please visit AEON at the link below.
https://www.aeon.info/sustainability/coffee/

2020.11.30

A video of traditional folk songs of ethnic minorities groups in Central Vietnam has been released!

"Traditional Music of Nam Giang district, Quang Nam Province - Letter to the Future-", a video of a collection of traditional folk songs of Cotu, Gie Trieng and Ve ethnic minorities groups in Central Vietnam, has been released and now available on YouTube (Vietnamese narration with Japanese subtitle).

The video shows not only ethnic minoritiesf songs but also traditional musical instruments and costumes, which are very unique and valuable. The themes of songs are diverse such as gPride of the tribeh, gDance dedicated to the Godh, gPraise of the soldiers who bravely fought in the Vietnam Warh and gLoversf promisesh.
One of the songs was composed to show the gratitude of the people for the FIDR's support, and it encourages the residents to stand up for the community development.

Please click on this link to enjoy the video and subscribe to the YouTube channel!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0z9hsQd7H0A

2020.11.17

FIDR was Granted Consultative Status by the United Nations Economic and Social Council

On 24 June 2020, the United Nations Economic and Social Council (UN-ECOSOC) officially granted Special Consultative Status to FIDR. With this consultative status, we can participate in the conferences and events of the UN as well as provide policy recommendations and advice to ECOSOC and the United Nations system.

According to the Article 71 of the UN Charter and ECOSOC resolution 1996/31, this consultative status is granted to only NGOs that have specialized competence and hands-on experience in the working fields of the UN. We have accumulated experiences in various fields such as healthcare, agriculture, food security, nutrition, education, and regional development in developing countries, as well as emergency response and rehabilitation assistance to support the victims in the disaster-hit areas. With the expectation that our knowledge and information derived from such experiences will contribute to the UN, the special consultative status was conferred to FIDR.

It is a great honor for us to be granted this status in the milestone year of our 30th anniversary. At the same time, we are solemnly aware of our obligation as a responsible actor of the international community. We will keep making efforts to actively contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) advocated by the UN, envisioning the world in which gno one will be left behind.h