Op-Ed

Why Việt Nam needs a circular economy for plastics

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. 

Op-Ed

Agent Orange, a war legacy affecting generations

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.

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For Paris climate agreement fifth anniversary, let us raise our level of ambition

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.

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Why water and sanitation systems are vital for VN’s economy

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.

 
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Senior diplomat highlights RoK Speaker’s visit to Việt Nam

On the threshold of the official visit to Việt Nam by the Speaker of the National Assembly of the Republic of Korea Park Byeong-seug and his spouse from October 31 to November 4, Vietnam News Agency correspondent in Seoul interviewed ASEAN Korea Center (AKC) Secretary General Lee Hyuk. 
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Stronger together, say Canadian diplomats

As a long-standing ASEAN Dialogue Partner, Canada believes that we are stronger together and that Việt Nam’s Chairmanship theme 'Cohesive and Responsive' is more relevant than ever in light of the pandemic.
Op-Ed

International co-operation and solidarity vital to addressing any global crisis

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.