Social News Headlines 17/6

Bac Ninh to get free wi-fi in public areas People will get free wi-fi Internet access at governmental offices, public places and tourism destinations in the northern province of Bac Ninh from December 31. It is part of a project passed by its People's Committee on June 11 to have wi-fi in the province. The Vietnam Posts and Telecommunications (VNPT) will invest nearly VND10 billion (over US$476,000) in building technological infrastructure and installing equipments as well as providing training courses for staff and managing the project in the province. … [Read more...]

Social News 27/1

Students respond to blood donation campaign Thousands of students from various universities in Hanoi participated in a voluntary blood donation campaign at the Hanoi University of Technology on January 25 as part of the ongoing ‘Red Sunday’ festival nationwide. Speaking at the event , Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said more efforts need to be made to further promote voluntary blood donation movements, including raising public awareness and keeping blood transfusion safe . Phuc joined volunteers in signing to show determination in promoting voluntary blood donation , making the Red Sunday develop further in the coming time. Meanwhile, Health Minister Nguyen Thi Kim Tien, who is also head of the National Steering Committee for Voluntary Blood Donation, quoted the World Health Organsisation’s statistics saying that Vietnam needs minimum 1.8 million blood units to save patients. However, the country has yet to meet the demand, she noted, adding that the … [Read more...]

Tet tree planting festival launched in Ninh Binh

A Lunar New Year (Tet) tree planting festival was launched in the northern province of Ninh Binh on January 23 with about 30,200 seedlings grown in Nho Quan district. The seedlings included 30,000 Acacia hybrid and 200 Hopea odorata trees, forming part of a national wildlife park scheduled to open later this year. At the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen called upon those from all walks of life to join efforts towards reforestation and forest protection. Ninh Binh province plants over 200 hectares of forests every year, raising its forest coverage to 19 percent last year. The rate is expected to increase to 20 percent by the end of 2015. The Tet tree planting festival is an annual activity initiated by late President Ho Chi Minh in 1959.-VNA … [Read more...]

Vietnam and ADB strengthen cooperation on natural resources and environment

In the afternoon of 15 Jan in Hanoi, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Bui Cach Tuyen had a welcome meeting with the Asia Development Bank (ADB) delegation led by Mr. Javed Hussain Mir, Director for Agriculture at the Environment and Natural Resources Division under Southeast Asia Department of ADB. At the meeting Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen emphasized that during the recent years, the cooperation between two sides have strongly developed their relation in various fields. Some of them can be listed as: water resources and land management, biodiversity and forest conservation, climate change. ADB has also supported Vietnam in documenting the policies such as: Land Law, Water Resources Law, Biodiversity Conservation Law, Environment Protection Law... and documents to guide the law application. Several programs have been highly appreciated, including: Country Partner Strategy of ADB in new period (CPS) and annual national investment program focusing on natural … [Read more...]

Government News 3/11

Vietnam-RoK relations boosted at provincial level The Friendship Association of Vietnam-Republic of Korea in the northern province of Thai Nguyen held its first congress on November 2 with the participation of 167 delegates. The congress elected an executive board with 27 members for the 2014-2019 tenure. Truong Thi Hue, leader of the provincial National Assembly deputies' delegation, was elected as the Association's chairwoman. Thai Nguyen's Friendship Association of Vietnam-RoK was established to promote the friendship and mutual understanding between Thai Nguyen and the Republic of Korea's localities and their people. … [Read more...]

ASEAN ministers discuss environment issues

HA NOI (VNS)- Viet Nam attended the two-day 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution in Vientiane, Laos, which ended yesterday. Led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, the Vietnamese delegation made active contributions to the events, which focused on the implementation of collaborative environmental protection activities outlined in a master plan building the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community as well as initiatives to enhance future cooperation. … [Read more...]

ASEAN and partners enhance environmental protection

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(VOVworld) - The 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution took place in Vientiane, Laos on October 30 and 31. The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen, attended the event. The Ministers discussed cooperation on the environment, the implementation of environmental targets in the master plan of the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community and initiatives on environmental cooperation. As Vice president of those conferences, Vietnam has actively taken part in discussions and made practical contributions to the events. Vietnam will host the 13th Formal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment and the 11th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Trans-boundary Haze Pollution next year. … [Read more...]

Vietnam attends ASEAN environment ministerial meeting

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Delegates at the meeting (vietnamplus.vn) NDO/VNA - Vietnam attended the 15th Informal ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on the Environment (IAMME) and the 10th Meeting of the Conference of the Parties to the ASEAN Agreement on Transboundary Haze Pollution held in Vientiane, Laos, on October 30-31. The Vietnamese delegation, led by Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Bui Cach Tuyen, made active contributions to the events which focused on the implementation of collaborative activities in environmental protection, that were outlined in a master plan building the ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community, as well as initiatives to enhance future co-operation. Ministers hailed member states' efforts in finalising the ASEAN Peatland Forest s Project in 2009-2014, and effectively implementing the ASEAN Peatland Management strategy in 2006-2020 and the EU-funded Rehabilitation and Sustainable Use of Peatland Forests in Southeast Asia (SEApeat) project. Vietnam's central imperial city … [Read more...]

Vietnam, Germany review 10 years of cooperation in natural resources and environmental protection

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Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen (VOVworld) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has reviewed its 10 years cooperation with Germany. The Ministry signed a memorandum of understanding with its German counterpart 10 years ago to share experience in pollution observation, environmental protection training and green growth policy. Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen was speaking at the meeting in Hanoi on Tuesday:"The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment expects to receive further support from Germany. We want to strengthen cooperation in environmental protection, land management, pesticide chemical residue treatment in soil, climate change and law enforcement training." … [Read more...]

Germany shares expertise in industrial wastewater treatment

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Germany shares expertise in industrial wastewater treatment NDO - Vietnamese and German experts gathered at a seminar in Hanoi on October 20 to exchange experiences in industrial wastewater treatment. Addressing the event, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen stressed that while Vietnam's industrialisation and modernisation have resulted in significant development, the process has also created major environmental challenges. The seminar was co-organised by the MoNRE and the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMU) for Vietnam to study the experiences of Germany in industrial wastewater management and treatment, particularly in industrial parks, he concluded. Sharing the same view, BMU State Secretary Gunther Adler said that the seminar sought to create a joint legal framework between the two countries in water use for sustainable development. He also affirmed that Germany hopes for … [Read more...]

Soil pollution in Vietnam at severe but unmeasured level

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Despite warnings about the severe level of soil contamination in Vietnam, no proper steps have been taken to determine how bad the situation is and detoxify the land, especially farming and industrial land. According to experts, Vietnam has been completely unable to control land pollution, especially with wastewater from families and factories - notably in the fields of textile, dying, and tanning - being directly discharged into rivers. … [Read more...]

Social News 6/10

A poor family by Nhieu Loc Thi Nghe canal in HCM City. A recent survey by the HCM City University of Social Sciences and Humanities showed that most low-income people were living in makeshift houses with substandard infrastructure.

Diabetes affects more than 5% of Vietnam's population: survey As much as 5.42% of the total population, suffers from diabetes, according to a study conducted with more than 11,000 respondents between the age of 30-69 as part of the 2012 National Diabetes Prevention Project. The non-communicable disease is prevalent in the southwestern and central coastal regions, the National Hospital of Endocrinology reported at a conference taking place in Hanoi on October 2-4. Changing lifestyle habits and poor public awareness are major factors for the rapid and alarming increase in diabetes patients. … [Read more...]

Da Nang dioxin clean-up on track

DA NANG (VNS) - Efforts to clean all the war-time dioxin waste from around Da Nang International Airport by 2016 are on schedule. An estimated 80,000 cubic metres of dioxin-contaminated soil and sediments is targeted for removal with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). The four-year project is part of a range of measures implemented to address the chemicals used to defoliate large parts of southern Viet Nam. During the first stage, USAID contractors dug up 45,000 cubic metres of soil tainted with dioxin, the director of Da Nang City's Department of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Dieu told the Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment, Bui Cach Tuyen, on Thursday. … [Read more...]

Da Nang to clean-up dioxin by 2016

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The Hanoitimes - Da Nang International Airport's efforts to clean up 80,000m3 of dioxin-contaminated soil and sediments by 2016, with support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), are running according to schedule. The four-year project is part of a range of measures implemented to address the toxic remains of chemicals dispersed during the Vietnam War. The project's first stage has been underway, during which USAID contractors dug up 45,000 m3 of soil tainted with dioxin, using 1,254 heating wells and other remediation structures, Director of Da Nang City's Department of Natural Resources and the Environment Nguyen Dieu told visiting Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Bui Cach Tuyen on October 2. … [Read more...]