Vietnam hopes for more support from UN Environment

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung met Director of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim Hanoi on August 8, during which he proposed that the UN Environment continue supporting Vietnam in reviewing, revising and completing laws and policies related to environment. Vietnam hopes to receive assistance in conducting national action programmes on responding to climate change, green house emission, and forest protection, stated Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung. He also suggested that the UN Environment send experts to Vietnam, and share experiences in regards to environmental protection and related issues, while helping the country in personnel training. He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government is always determined to protect the environment and not to exchange the environment for economic development. At the meeting, Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung lauded the cooperation and support that the UN Environment has given to Vietnam over the past years, especially in technique, experience, policy-making, and personnel training, which has significantly contributed to protecting the environment in Vietnam. He clarified the Government’s management and direction in designing socio-economic policies as well as legal administration is crucial in preserving the environment, along with the development of renewable energy and science and technology, the improvement of human resources and community’s awareness in the field. Currently, Vietnam is moving torwards green and environmentally-friendly growth with science and technology playing the core role, and the private sector acting as pioneer in ensuring waste treatment and minimising greenhouse emission. For his part, Erik…... [read more]

NDO/VNA – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung met Director of the UN Environment Programme Erik Solheim Hanoi on August 8, during which he proposed that the UN Environment continue supporting Vietnam in reviewing, revising and completing laws and policies related to environment. Vietnam hopes to receive assistance in conducting national action programmes on responding to climate change, green house emission, and forest protection, stated Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung. He also suggested that the UN Environment send experts to Vietnam, and share experiences in regards to environmental protection and related issues, while helping the country in personnel training. He affirmed that the Vietnamese Government is always determined to protect the environment and not to exchange the environment for economic development. At the meeting, Deputy PM Trinh Dinh Dung lauded the cooperation and support that the UN Environment has given to Vietnam over the past years, especially in technique, experience, policy-making, and personnel training, which has significantly contributed to protecting the environment in Vietnam. He clarified the Government’s management and direction in designing socio-economic policies as well as legal administration is crucial in preserving the environment, along with the development of renewable energy and science and technology, the improvement of human resources and community’s awareness in the field. Currently, Vietnam is moving torwards green and environmentally-friendly growth with science and technology playing the core role, and the private sector acting as pioneer in ensuring waste treatment and minimising greenhouse emission. For his part, Erik…... [read more]

NDO – Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung has affirmed the Vietnamese Government’s determination to protect the environment, with a viewpoint of prioritising the environment over economic development, at a reception held in Hanoi on August for Erik Solheim, Executive Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment). The deputy PM recognised and spoke highly of the UN Environment’s cooperation and support over the past few years, with its significant contributions to preserving the environment in Vietnam, through providing technical assistance and advice on environmental policies and laws; sharing experience in the field; improving the quality of environmental human resources; and supporting environmental projects in Vietnam. Environmental protection is a pressing global issue and a long-term and continuous process, requiring the joint efforts of the whole international community, as well as the determination of all countries and governments, Dung said. He noted that Vietnam has set out directions for green and environmentally friendly development, with science and technology playing a leading role, whilst the private sector pioneering in minimising greenhouse gas emissions and ensuring on-site waste treatment. The deputy PM asked the UN Environment to continue supporting Vietnam in reviewing, adjusting and finalising environmental policies and laws; implementing national action programmes concerning adaptation to climate change and rising sea waters, greenhouse gas emission reduction and forest protection; and constructing national reports on the execution of international treaties on the environment, to which Vietnam is a signatory. The UN body should also send experts…... [read more]

The activities were carried out both inside and outside the country, aiming to highlight the role of forest in preserving the environment, coping with climate change, developing the economy, eliminating hunger and reducing poverty. One of the activities, the 40th letter writing contest jointly held by the Ministry of Information and Communications and the Department of Forestry attracted nearly one million children and school pupils under 15 nationwide. Other remarkable activities included the “Vietnam’s Forest” photo contest, the competition of “Discovering the environment and ecosystem of Can Gio mangrove forest” and the first National Festival of Forest Products. Vietnam also held a national meeting marking World Environment Day and the 2011 International Forest Year, organized conferences and launched forestation projects in the northern mountainous province of Bac Kan. VNA... [read more]

However, leftover unexploded ordinance (UXO) is lingering on the war-torn land, badly affecting the everyday life of local people. Over the past decades, the Mine Advisory Group (MAG) – a not-for-profit organisation clearing landmines, unexploded ordnance (UXO) and other remnants – has made a great effort in defusing and clearing bombs and mines to preserve the environment and more importantly protect local residents’ lives Le Van Tra, MAG coordinator, said more than 1.5 million people have benefitted from the program so far. Tra said anyone who detects any UXO should call the emergency number 18001742 and a team will be deployed to deal with the problem. Landmine clearance in crowded residential areas is a difficult task, but, thanks to close cooperation from local authorities and people, the work has obtained significant success.... [read more]

Meatless meals: HCM City is lised among the top 10 havens for vegans and vegetarians in Asia. — Photo tuyentaphay.com Viet Nam News HCM CITY — Animal protection group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) has listed HCM City among the top 10 havens for vegans and vegetarians in Asia. PETA’s list of Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in Asia has HCM City thanks to its bustling vegan scene with a wide array of no-meat menus. The city offers meat-free alternatives of the most popular Vietnamese dishes, from bánh mì (bread) and minced beef rolls to wok-fried chicken, sweet and sour pork and all kinds of noodles. “PETA applauds the city’s thriving vegan culture, which satisfies appetites, preserves the environment, and saves animals from suffering,” Jason Baker, the animal protection group’s vice president of international campaigns, said in an online statement. Visitors should look for the word quán chay, which means vegetarian restaurant, but many other restaurants also offer vegetarian food. Taipei topped the list. Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Singapore, Makati in the Philippines, Bangalore in India, Hong Kong, Bali in Indonesia, and Shanghai in China are the others. In 2015 US travel website When On Earth listed HCM City among the ideal cities for vegetarians. — VNS... [read more]

PETA’s list of Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in Asia includes HCM City thanks to its bustling vegan scene with a wide array of no-meat menus. The city offers meat-free alternatives to the most popular Vietnamese dishes, from banh mi (bread) and minced beef rolls to wok-fried chicken, sweet and sour pork and all kinds of noodles. “PETA applauds the city’s thriving vegan culture, which satisfies appetites, preserves the environment, and saves animals from suffering,” Jason Baker, the animal protection group’s vice president of international campaigns, said in an online statement. Visitors should look for the word quan chay, which means vegetarian restaurant, but many other restaurants also offer vegetarian food. Taipei topped the list. Bangkok and Chiang Mai in Thailand, Singapore, Makati in the Philippines, Bangalore in India, Hong Kong, Bali in Indonesia, and Shanghai in China are the others. In 2015, US travel website When on Earth listed HCM City among the ideal cities for vegetarians.... [read more]

VietNamNet Bridge - Located only 12km to the Southeast of Buon Ma Thuot City, Ea Kao Lake is a tourism site constructed on a large scale. Full of unique and exhilarating features, Ea Kao Lake is a modern sight full of traditional essences. Besides, the weather there is wonderful: cool and beautiful with an average annual temperature of 20.7oC and an average annual precipitation of 2.155mm. Without a doubt, this type of weather creates diverse scenery that is perfectly suitable for tourism development. The site is built on a natural space full of green plants and colorful flowers. Besides enjoying the scenery, tourists can also participate in different cultural events and entertaining activities. The site is divided into many smaller sections such as: amusement park, hotels, flower gardens, restaurants, botanic, playing ground for children, camping sites, natural preservation site, etc., all of which are arranged logically and attractively in an order which best benefit the visitors. Surprisingly, the Ea Kao Lake Tourism Site is not only an attraction with beautiful natural scenery full of tranquil lakes; it also contributes to the region's effort to preserve the environment and the precious cultural values of the ethnic minorities. Coming to the Ea Kao Lake Tourism Site, you will surely enjoy each moment relaxing within the fresh and invigorating atmosphere of Central Highlands. Photo: Tuoitre VNN/VNtourism... [read more]

The city has been named among the 10 most vegan-friendly cities in Asia. Animal protection group PETA has listed Ho Chi Minh City among the top ten havens for vegans and vegetarians in Asia. PETA’s list of Top 10 Vegan-Friendly Cities in Asia listed HCMC thanks to its bustling vegan scene with a wide array of no-meat menus. The city offers meat-free alternatives of the most popular Vietnamese dishes, from banh mi and minced beef rolls to wok-fried chicken, sweet and sour pork and all kinds of noodles. “Saigon’s vegan cuisine covers every craving,” Jason Baker, PETA Vice President of International Campaigns, said in an online statement. “PETA applauds the city’s thriving vegan culture, which satisfies appetites, preserves the environment, and saves animals from suffering.” Visitors can look for the word “quan chay”, which means vegetarian restaurant, but many general restaurants are also willing to make vegetarian dishes to orders. Taipei crowned the top of the PETA list thanks to its wide array of vegan-friendly restaurants from around the world. Bangkok and Chiang Mai also made the list, along with Singapore, Makati of the Philippines, Bangalore of India, Hong Kong, Bali and Shanghai. In 2015, U.S. travel website When On Earth listed Ho Chi Minh City among the ideal cities for veggies. Related news: > Hold the meat: Saigon veggie market takes root for Parents’ Festival > 8 reasons to go vegetarian... [read more]

The National Assembly session is underway and as usual National Assembly deputies will build laws, supervise and decide major issues of the country. On this occasion, VietNamNet would like to introduce an article by Dr. Vu Ngoc Hoang entitled “Avoiding environmental disasters is the biggest issue of the 21st century”. The environment has been and will be increasingly related to the survival and development of people. Avoiding environmental disasters is the biggest problem in the 21st century around the globe. Under the influence of an excessive human focus, many people believe that the environment is on the side of humans and surrounds humans, and that humans are the center and masters of the universe. The environment is for man to exploit, and serves man. But now we know that that perception is wrong and it must be adjusted. The environment is an irreplaceable condition of life. It is the living space, where humans and all creatures live. If the environment is spoiled, life will end. From that environment humans have huge energy resources and the resources would be endless if we preserve the environment. The natural environment is the spiritual mother of man, from which people are born, survive, live, experience and develop. "I heard a steel enterprise promise that if they cause pollution, they would ‘hand over’ their plant to the state. I do not understand why the state needs to take that plant! This promise has no guarantee at all." In the past, some scholars were wrong to…... [read more]




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