Eighty five Vietnamese students will attend the 18th World Festival of Youth and Students in Ecuador from December 7-12. This is one of the most important events organised by the World Federation of Democratic Youth (WFDY). The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCM CYU) announced at a press briefing in Hanoi on December 2 that the highlights of the festival will include the opening ceremony, African Days, American Days, Asia-Pacific Days, European Days, Middle East Days, Ecuador Days and the closing ceremony. The Vietnamese delegation will take part in major events, such as organising a forum called “Vietnam youth in the national process of renewal, construction and defence”, and a photographic exhibition on Vietnam and joining the international anti-imperialism tribunal, condemning the use of chemicals during wars, that has caused long-term negative impact on human life. Its presentation will be focused on the role of Vietnamese youth in poverty reduction, protection of the rights of children and gender equality and implementation of millennium development goals. The Vietnamese delegation will give an art performance during the Asia-Pacific Days and participate in other cultural exchanges and sports with other countries. The festival will provide a good chance for Vietnamese students to promote the image of the country, especially the 82-year development of the HCM CYU.