NEWSLETTER 1 - 15 September 2011

Dear Members and Friends:

Welcome to the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre's Newsletter covering the first half of September 2011. Please accept our apologies for a delayed release of this issue caused by the vacation period and a reduced team.

PACCOM has released an official letter, informing us that Ms Tran Thi Thu Thuy, Deputy Director General of PACCOM has moved to the VUFO Representative Office in Ho Chi Minh City. Mr Nguyen Ngoc Hung, Deputy Director General of PACCOM has been appointed as a new Co-Director for the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre as of the 1st of July 2011. We would like to thank Thuy for all her support during the past two years and we wish her all the best in Ho Chi Minh City. We look forward to continuing our close collaboration with Hung.

Caritas Switzerland in Vietnam would like to inform partners about temporary replacement of their Country Representative in Vietnam. Ms Barbara Schichler will take leave from the 24th of August 2011 until the 29th of February 2012; and Ms Margrit Schlosser will replace her during that time as Interim Country Representative. We welcome Margrit and wish Barbara all the best during her maternity leave! The email address for Ms Margrit Schlosser is <mschlosser@caritas.ch>

We are also pleased to inform you that Mr Steve Price Thomas has completed his term as Country Director for Oxfam Great Britain in Vietnam on the 1st of June 2011. Steve will remain based in Hanoi as G20 Strategy Manager for Oxfam International. Ms Le Kim Dung has been appointed a new Associate Country Director in charge of Oxfam GB in Vietnam. Thank you Steve for all your contributions to the INGO community and congratulations Dung on your promotion! The email address for Ms Le Kim Dung is <LKDung@oxfam.org.uk>

There are two working group meetings in September: Ethnic Minorities Working Group and HIV/AIDS Technical Working Group already met on September 7. Climate Change Working Group  will meet on September 9 at 14:00 and Disaster Management Working Group will meet on September 16 at 14:00. The last two meetings will take place at the NGO Resource Centre.

Please check the 'Calendar of Events' section on our home page for more information, new added announcements or any unexpected changes.

Warm greetings from the VUFO-NGO Resource Centre's Team!