The corrupters in times of crises

Corruption in times of crisis is a tale as old as time, when oversight is too little and too late. A multi-pronged approach against opportunism and long-term investments in accountability and inspection institutions are critical.

Israeli celebrates Independence Day

On May 14, 1948, David Ben-Gurion, the first Prime Minister of Israel, pronounced the declaration of independence of the State of Israel, following the United Nations General Assembly resolution calling for the establishment of a Jewish State. This milestone was the culmination of a 2,000-years-long aspiration of the Jewish people to achieve political freedom in their sovereign homeland.

Dignity, Freedom and Justice for All

Each year, on the 10th of December, we observe Human Rights Day on the anniversary of the adoption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. By celebrating Human Rights Day, we continue to reaffirm the promise of the Declaration – to uphold universal, indivisible and inalienable human rights and fundamental freedoms for everyone, everywhere.

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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.