The EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti (Source: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam is one of the potential partners of the European Union (EU) in various fields, said the EU’s newly-accredited Ambassador to Vietnam Giorgio Aliberti. Aliberti made the statement at a press conference in Hanoi on November 12 after he officially assumed a 4-year term of office in Vietnam. The ambassador said he was glad to witness the strong development of EU-Vietnam cooperative ties in recent years. The EU attaches great importance to cooperation with Vietnam, he said, adding that the bilateral relations have been demonstrated through the recent signing of many important agreements. He expressed his good impression for the country and its people, and shared his main priorities during the working tenure in Vietnam. The diplomat said the EU highly appreciated Vietnam’s efforts in environmental protection as well as prevention and reduction of climate … [Read more...] about New ambassador describes Vietnam as EU’s potential partner
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Urban waste is collected in Hanoi. (Photo: VNA) Hanoi (VNA) - The Hanoi People’s Committee has asked all of its organisations and agencies to refrain from using plastic bags and single-use plastics starting from this month. Luu Thi Thanh Chi, deputy head of the Hanoi Environment Protection Division, told reporters at a recent press conference that the municipal People’s Committee has approved a plan to reduce plastic waste in the capital. It was the latest effort by authorities to combat "white pollution" in the city that sees about 80 tonnes of plastic and nylon bags discarded every day, not all of which can be properly collected or treated. According to Chi, the Hanoi People’s Committee demanded that 100 percent of the city organisations stop using polyethylene (PE) plastic bags – the most common type but takes the longest time to decompose – and single-use plastics products from November. The committee also set the goal of reducing … [Read more...] about Hanoi’s agencies requested to stop using single-use plastics
She returned to Vietnam in August after Chinese authorities raided and deported undocumented immigrants. More about how she returned later. Cut to the present. In a countryside garment factory in the northern Bac Giang Province, Bien sits beside a bunch of red cloth bags. Around her dozens of other workers are making bags on sewing machines, but not Bien: Her job is to affix the company label on the bags, and she gets less than VND100,000 ($4.32) a day for it. She was given that job after failing to learn sewing despite eight days of training at the factory. "It's too difficult, I can't sew," she says. Bien is one of many Vietnamese trafficking victims rescued from China who returned lost, damaged, with little assurance their life would ever go back to the normal old days. Before being trafficked to China, she had been quite resourceful, working her family's rice field in Dong Lo Commune in Bac Giang while also attending a babysitting class. On October 2, 1991, when she was 23, Bien … [Read more...] about The plight of human trafficking survivors: Back from hell but to what?
At the meeting, VAVA Chairman Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Van Rinh briefed the delegation on affairs related to Agent Orange/dioxin in Vietnam. According to Rinh, the US army sprayed some 80 million liters of toxic chemicals in Vietnam during the war, 61 percent of which was Agent Orange, containing 366kg of dioxin. As a result, more than 3 million ha of forested land was destroyed, while basic water and food sources for millions of people were contaminated. Scene at the meeting Preliminary statistics showed that 4.8 million Vietnamese people were exposed to Agent Orange/dioxin. Tens of thousands of people died from exposure, while millions of others went on to suffer from cancer and other incurable diseases. Children and grandchildren of many victims have been affected with widespread birth deformities. Rinh said the toxic chemical still remains across 28 sites in Vietnam to date. Most recently, Da Nang airport, one of these spots, saw all of its dioxin-polluted area … [Read more...] about German left-wing party delegation learn about plight of Vietnamese AO/dioxin victims
Illustrative image (Source: VNA) Two persons died while preparing for storm Nakri and one went missing due to the storm as of 17:00 on November 12, according to the office of the Central Steering Committee on Natural Disaster Prevention and Control.Khanh Hoa provinces. It triggered heavy rains and caused widespread blackouts. A total of 30 houses were damaged by the storm, while over 400 houses were flooded. More than 1,000 ha of rice and food crops and over 5,000m of canals were damaged by flooding. Phu Yen province, while roads blocked by landslides (107 sites) have been re-opened to traffic. VNA … [Read more...] about Two die, one go missing due to storm Nakri