The increased use of plastics has accompanied Việt Nam’s fast economic growth over the last decade. With growing urbanization and a rising middle class, the demand for plastics has grown rapidly in consumer packaging, construction, household goods, and automotive industries because of their convenience and versatility. In 2019, the plastic industry contributed about US$17.5 billion to Việt Nam’s economy, equivalent to 6.7 percent of the country’s GDP.
Việt Nam has experienced several decades of war and the country is still suffering from this legacy. Dioxin, or Agent Orange, remains one such challenge that the Government of Việt Nam and its citizens are still grappling with today. As Việt Nam reaches sixty years since the chemical was first used in the war in the country, it is important we do not forget the victims of this tragedy.
The adoption of the Paris Climate Agreement on December 12, 2015, five years ago, was a landmark event after more than twenty years of challenging climate negotiations. It establishes a single, flexible and dynamic framework of collective and universal obligations to combat climate change, which takes into account countries’ disparate levels of development.
Water and sanitation are critically important to the health and survival of Vietnamese communities. But, do decision-makers adequately prioritise and invest in the sector? The answer, in far too many parts of the world, is a resounding no. As an international community, we are too often blind to the huge cost of failing to serve so many people with the most basic but crucial of services.
On the occasion of Italy's obtaining the status of Development Partner of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the European country's Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Luigi Di Maio writes an op-ed, highlighting a significant achievement for Italy’s foreign policy in Asia
The story of the 17th patient infected with SARS-CoV-2 in Việt Nam published on The New Yorker on September 21 has encountered public backlash due to its lack of objectivity.
Nearly eight months since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic, more than 950,000 people have died from the disease. An estimated 400 million people, and disproportionately women, have lost their jobs.
Việt Nam have demonstrated this and more in taking all necessary steps to protect the population from the spread of COVID-19, and continue to do so in embarking upon the journey of economic recovery.
In addition to carrying out its significant and important responsibilities as a Non-Permanent Member of the United Nations (UN) Security Council for the 2020-21 period and as the ASEAN Chair in 2020, Việt Nam has, so far, done remarkably well in responding to COVID-19 by deploying a series of early, proactive, consistent and effective strategies.
Việt Nam recently celebrated the 45th anniversary of the country’s reunification and victory over a global superpower, but it has also been praised internationally in the past few weeks for initially winning the battle against an invisible enemy – the novel coronavirus.
We all entered the new year with ambitious plans and hopes, as it marks the beginning of a new decade. This year, Việt Nam is assuming a dual role as the Chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and a non-permanent member of the United National Security Council (UNSC). Norway is going to celebrate the fifth anniversary of our sectoral dialogue partnership with ASEAN and is seeking a seat on the UNSC 2021-22. Then suddenly appeared the coronavirus.