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Senior official urges protecting people affected by floods

In Uncategorized on November 2, 2010 at 1:42 pm

G-20 prioritises protecting economic recovery

In Uncategorized on June 28, 2010 at 4:50 pm




G-20 prioritises protecting economic recovery


QĐND – Monday, June 28, 2010, 22:6 (GMT+7)

The Group of the world’s 20 leading industrial and major developing countries agreed to prioritise protecting and reinforcing the current economic recovery to lay the foundations for robust, sustainable and balanced growth as well as safeguarding financial institutions against risks.


This was stated by the G-20 leaders at the end of their Summit in Toronto, Canada, on June 28.


Having approved a framework for strong, sustainable and balanced growth, the heads of the 20 countries agreed on reforming the global financial sector and international financial institutions, discouraging protectionism and facilitating trade and investment.


Earlier, the G-20 and their guests and international organisations held a plenary session on reforming international financial organisations and administrative mechanisms.


Speaking for ASEAN, as Vietnam holds the chair this year, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung delivered a speech on the global economy and its prospects and challenges.


He said that ASEAN member countries have recently achieved a considerable degree of economic recovery after the global recession, which has helped the Asian economy to recover as well the world’s economy.


He noted that the world has weathered the worst of the storm but not yet gotten to the root of the global financial crisis, which could be disastrous if an additional crisis occurs on a national and international scale, in both developed and developing countries.


He said that ASEAN urged the G-20 to continue concentrating on the fundamental and long-term issues in its policies and measures, referring to the development of sustainable economic models of growth, settling development matters, narrowing the development gap, dealing with climate change and food and energy security.


Discussing protectionism and the facilitation of trade and investment, PM Dung voiced the group’s concern about the slowness of the Doha talks and called on the G-20 to take the lead in speeding up efforts to complete the talks as soon as possible.






He said that ASEAN praised the G-20’s strong opposition to all forms of trade and investment protectionism and asked the group to continue taking measures to outlaw barriers on trade and foreign direct investment while supporting the G-20’s measures to facilitate trade and investment.


PM Dung delivered ASEAN’s proposal that it will work together with other blocs, such as the EU, NAFTA, AU and the G-20 to compile and issue a joint statement to express a determination to complete the Doha talks within the next 12 months.


Touching on the reform of international financial institutions, PM Dung emphasised Vietnam’s and other ASEAN members’ high evaluation of the initiatives and endeavours to increase the transparency and efficiency of international financial institutions.


He praised these financial institutions for assisting development banks in the region, which has enabled them to continue aiding developing countries in terms of capital, experience and technical assistance, so they can deal with macro-economic uncertainties.


PM Dung suggested that international and regional financial institutions step up the provision of assistance to developing countries when completing their millennium development goals.


He urged the WB in particular to prioritise initiatives that support the fight against climate change and improve its capacity to coordinate financial resources in the field.


ASEAN’s representative also underlined the need to enhance cooperation and policy consultations between international financial institutions and regional organisations to make these institutions’ operations more effective.


Source: VNA


Source: QDND

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 6, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Sunday, June 06, 2010, 21:0 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Protecting the environment and biodiversity

In Uncategorized on June 5, 2010 at 2:25 pm




Protecting the environment and biodiversity


QĐND – Saturday, June 05, 2010, 21:13 (GMT+7)

A grand meeting was held in Quang Binh province to mark World Environment Day (June 5) in the presence of State President Nguyen Minh Triet, Party officials, provincial leaders, and representatives from the Ministry of Environment and Natural Resources and the Fatherland Front Central Committee.


Various activities have taken place in response to World Ocean Day (June 8), Vietnam Sea and Island Week (June 1-8) and the International Year for Biodiversity.


Since 1972, the United Nations General Assembly has observed June 5 as World Environment Day, with the aim of raising global awareness of the importance of the environment and encouraging people to protect it.


Annually, World Environment Day is celebrated in more than 100 countries around the world. Vietnam has a 3,260-km coastal line with a total area of more than one million square metres, over 3,000 islands and 100 seaports. The country possesses diverse ecological systems, and is home to a large number of wild and endemic species of fauna and flora many of which can be found nowhere else in the world. In particular, Vietnam is endowed with a wonderful national park namely Phong Nha-Ke Bang, which has been recognised as a World Natural Heritage Site by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).


Minister of Environment and Natural Resources, Pham Khoi Nguyen, emphasised that the 2010 World Environment Day is themed “Many Species. One Planet. One Future”, the International Year for Biodiversity is themed “Biodiversity is life. Biodiversity is our life”, and World Ocean Day is themed “Oceans of Life”. This is a good opportunity for us to show our determination to protect the environment, islands and sea, conserve biodiversity and cope with climate change for our planet’s sustainable development, he said.


Therefore, it is essential to promote the dissemination of information on environmental protection and encourage the participation of all citizens in this work. Protecting the environment and preserving biodiversity and the ocean is an urgent task that plays a decisive role in ensuring sustainable development and political security and stability for the nation, Minister Nguyen noted.


Regarding the negative impact of climate change on global warming and rising sea levels, the Chairman of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, Huynh Dam, stressed that due attention should be paid to combating climate change and increasing the effectiveness of island and sea management to help Vietnam become a powerful sea-born economy.


Vietnam has cooperated with other countries in protecting the environment and ocean, as well as coping with climate change for human development.


After the grand meeting in Quang Binh, President Triet and other delegates planted trees on major roads in Dong Hoi city.


More than 500 youth union members also took part in sanitation work along Nhat Le beach.


Source: VOV


Source: QDND

Protecting Dong Nai River crucially important: conference

In Uncategorized on March 24, 2010 at 5:37 am

A meeting was held January 29 in Ho Chi Minh City to discuss measures to protect the Dong Nai River Basin in Dong Nai Province next to the city.


Participants stressed that it is crucially important to save the river from alarming levels of pollution.








A section of the Dong Nai River (Photo: SGGP)

The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment held the convention with participation from the HCM City People’s Committee and representatives from 12 provinces and cities along the Dong Nai River.

The latest inspection of the river showed the water was heavily contaminated, while the most polluted section near the Cam Ly waterfall in Lam Dong Province spreads to the northern province of Ba Ria-Vung Tau, the ministry said.

Bui Cach Tuyen, deputy head of the Department of Environment under the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, said provinces along the river have the most developed industries, services and urbanization in the country, accounting for 58 percent of Vietnam’s GDP. 

In the past two years, these provinces have achieved a growth rate of over 10 percent and are the most populated areas in the country accounting for 15 million residents. The continually growing populace, especially in urban areas, has only worsened pollution in the river.

Much of the vegetation around the riverhead has also been destroyed in the quest to exploit the area’s natural resources. As a result, the river valley’s former bio-diversity has decreased immensely.
Several industrial parks and businesses have not invested in waste treatment systems, or if they have installed them, fail to operate them properly. Since 2007, some 900 firms in Binh Duong, over 200 in HCM City, and 116 in the southern province of Binh Phuoc have been penalized for breaching environmental regulations.


In 2008, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung set up the Committee for the Protection of the Environment of Dong Nai River Valley following years of warnings from scientists that the river was in serious danger.

But according to Mr. Tuyen of the environment ministry, the committee has not been effective because members are provincial officials who are too busy with other work to pay sufficient attention to the problem.


A lack of funding has also plagued the committee’s operations, said Mr. Tuyen.

To date, only the Mekong Delta province of Long An has set up its own committee to carry out river protection projects while the Government has not provided any funding.

Low public awareness of the river’s pollution also needs to be addressed, said Mr. Tuyen.


The environment ministry asked 12 provincial managers at the meeting to make concerted efforts to protect the river. Natural Resources and Environment Minister Pham Khoi Nguyen ordered cities and provinces along the river, including HCM City, Dong Nai, Binh Duong, and Tay Ninh, to use all available resources and official development assistance (ODA) capital to construct waste treatment plants. 

Enterprises must also install monitoring systems and carry out environmental quality analyses as well as oversee waste discharge from industrial zones by 2020.

HCM City Chairman Le Hoang Quan directed the Department of Environment to liaise with the 12 provinces to report on infrastructure including industrial parks, golf courses, and water resources; to enhance the oversight of environmental protection activities at industrial processing zones; to raise public awareness about environmental degradation; and to call for the public’s help in cracking down on environmental violations.

The city chairman also proposed that the Ministry of Finance allow the provinces to use capital from preferential loans, environmental funds, enterprises and ODA to carry out more river protection projects.





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Vietnam must focus on protecting its 50 wild tigers: conference

In Social life on October 5, 2009 at 3:37 am




Vietnam must focus on protecting its 50 wild tigers: conference


QĐND – Sunday, October 04, 2009, 20:26 (GMT+7)

Tigers are disappearing from their natural habitats in Vietnam and authorities need to protect them better, experts told a Friday conference in Hanoi.


Pham Mau Giao, a professor who has roamed forests nationwide for 45 years studying Vietnam’s Indochinese Tiger (Panthera tigris corbetti), said authorities should invest in preservation efforts at a few spots where larger natural tiger populations still remain, rather than spreading funds too thin over every place a tiger is found.


Nguyen Manh Ha from the Environment and Resources Research Center at the Vietnam National University-Hanoi (VNU-Hanoi) told the conference that Vietnam now has less than 50 tigers living naturally within its borders.


“Without optimal conservation measures, our tigers will be extinct in 10 years,” Ha said.


Giao said that he could easily see tigers or their footprints in several of Vietnam’s forests only 20 years ago. But now he has to trek for weeks before finding even a trace of a tiger, he said.


Tigers are hardly existent deep in Vietnam, but only around the Laos and Cambodia borders, he added.


“I’m seeing a very bad picture. The path towards extinction for our tigers is very clear already.”


The reasons, according to Ha, are that Vietnam’s forest area is shrinking, as are the supplies of the animal’s natural prey such as deer, muntjac and boar, which have all been overhunted.


He said measures should be taken to minimize profits on the tiger trafficking blackmarket and to convince people that tiger products are not the panaceas that many local residents believe they are.


From 2007 to July 2009, police seized 11 frozen tigers and six tiger skeletons, colonel Luong Minh Thao from the Ministry of Public Security said at the conference.


The Vietnam Red Book, a catalogue of endangered species here, listed the Indochinese Tiger as a species facing extinction in Vietnam in 2007.


The country has another 95 tigers kept in captivity at zoos, farms and circuses, according to figures from the ministry.


Source: VNN


 

Source: QDND