The presentation was made in recognition of HEDO's contributions to the development of education, science and health care, as well as hunger elimination and poverty reduction for ethnic minority groups in mountainous areas over the past 16 years, Do Nguyen Phuong, the head of the Party Central Committee's Commission for Science and Education said.
He added that this was the first time the commission has conferred its Certificate of Merit to a non-governmental organisation.
Coordinating with local administrations, HEDO has so far carried out 145 projects, including schools, illiteracy-eradication centres and medical stations, in 40 mountainous provinces nationwide with funds mobilised from both domestic and foreign resources.
The organisation has sent thousands of students and teachers abroad for further training. It has also helped provide supplementary training for nearly 700 doctors in the mountainous provinces of Lang Son, Lao Cai, Hoa Binh, Ninh Binh and Cao Bang.
HEDO has established relations with more than 100 governmental and non-governmental organisations in over 50 countries and territories around the world.
The awards were handed over by Mr. Do Nguyen Phuong, at a ceremony held in Ha Noi on April 11.