Daily Archives: December 2, 2017

Vietnam attaches importance to promoting cultural diversification

Ambassador Nguyen Phuong Nga, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), underscored that Vietnam attaches great importance to preserving and promoting diverse cultural identities of different nations, considering this an important factor to ensure peace, stability and sustainable development.

She made the remarks at a the High-Level Meeting of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) on Human Rights and Cultural Diversity at the UN headquarters in New York on December 1 (Vietnam time). She welcomed and supported the adoption of the Political Declaration and Action Programme of the NAM on human rights and cultural diversity, highlighting the movement’s basic values of solidarity, tolerance, dialogue and cooperation. Ambassador Nga said Vietnam supports dialogues and cooperation between countries on the basis of mutual respect and no inteference in internal affairs of sovereign countries, emphasizing the importance of an equal and comprehensive approach that protects and promotes human rights.

Source: VOV5

Congratulatory messages sent to Lao leaders on National Day

Top leaders of Vietnam on Friday sent messages of congratulations to their Lao counterparts on the nation’s 42nd National Day (December 2).

Congratulatory messages from General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong, President Tran Dai Quang, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, and National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan were delivered to General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President Bounnhang Vorachith, Prime Minister Thongloun Sisoulith, and National Assembly Chairwoman Pany Yathotou.

In the messages, the Vietnamese leaders highlighted the continuous development of the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between the two Parties, States, and people of Vietnam and Laos. They congratulated the Lao people on their huge achievements in the cause of national protection and construction under the leadership of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party over the past 42 years.

The Vietnamese leaders also expressed their belief that the Vietnam-Laos, Laos-Vietnam Friendship and Solidarity Year 2017, which celebrates the 55th anniversary of diplomatic relations and 40 years since the signing of the Vietnam-Laos Treaty on Amity and Cooperation, will mark a milestone in the glorious development paths of both nations.

The same day, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh cabled a congratulatory message to Lao Foreign Minister Saleumxay Kommasith.

Head of the Communist Party of Vietnam Central Committee’s Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan also extended a message of congratulations to his Lao counterpart Sunthon Xayachack.

Source: VOV5

International Day for the Disabled marked in Hanoi

The National Committee for People with Disabilities and the Hanoi Association for the Disabled held a meeting in Hanoi on Saturday in response to the International Day of People with a Disability.

Deputy Minister of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Dao Hong Lan, Vice Chairperson of the National Committee for the Disabled, was speaking in the meeting: We share with the disabled as committed in the Constitution and relevant laws and policies as well as Vietnam’s international commitments towards better life and enforcement of legitimate rights for people with disabilities. Vietnam has issued many policies lenient to people with a disability, including those for better housing support, education, healthcare, transport facilities and income generated activities

Vietnam has nearly 8 million people with disabilities, representing some 7.8% of the population, including 1.2 million disabled children.

Source: VOV5

Poet Mai Van Phan receives Swedish Cikada Prize

Mai Van Phan has become the second poet from Vi?t Nam to win the prestigious Cikada Prize.

Established in 2004, the Cikada Prize is awarded to an East Asian poet who in his/her poems shows poetic sensitivity for the inviolability of life. The prize was founded on the 100th birth anniversary of Swedish Nobel Prize laureate Harry Martinson. In an award ceremony held at the Temple of Literature in HA� N?i on Friday, Phan expressed his appreciation to those who have translated his poems into other languages: I could not imagine that my poetry, which has a strong traditional identity, and my personality allure readers, especially smart judges on the other side of the globe. It was a nice surprise to hear from Cikada Prize’s chairman of the jury Dr Lars VargAl, when he announced the prize winner. It is not only a recognition to his efforts but also recognition for modern Vietnamese poetry in international integration.

Phan, who was born in 1955 in the northern province of Ninh BAnh, has received many literary awards in Vi?t Nam, and his poetry has been published in volumes in English and French. The name of the award was inspired by Martinson’s anthology of poems Cikada, which was published in 1953. The award is given to East Asian poets as recognition of the inspiration the Swedish writer found for his own poetry in East Asian literature, and to recognize the rich poetry of these countries.

Source: VOV5

National Voluntary Prize announced

The Youth Union and the Vietnam Confederation of Youth held a ceremony on Saturday to confer the Award of National Volunteers and launch a national voluntary festival.

Secretary of the Youth Union, Nguyen Phi Long, praised youth volunteers’ efforts to address challenges facing the community: The upcoming 11th Youth Union Congress will uplift the youth voluntary movement over the next 5 years to encourage young people’s participation in national development. Today’s festival is expected to promote sharing of love and responsibility in national development.

Source: VOV5

Vietnam’s seafood takes actions on EU warning

The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development are taking drastic measures to satisfy 9 demands made by EU after the bloc announced a yellow card warning on Vietnamese seafood, said Deputy Minister Vu Van Tam at a press conference following the government monthly meeting on Friday.

Tam said that of the nine demands made by the EU to lift the warning on Vietnamese seafood over illegal and unregulated fishing, there are three that needed more attention.

The first one was ensuring a legal framework and institution in line with international norms. These have been incorporated as much as possible into the amended Law on Fisheries newly approved by the National Assembly. The agriculture ministry is doing its best to issue guiding documents and decrees to ease the implementation of the law. Secondly, it’s necessary to improve the capacity of State management and compliance by the fishermen. Thirdly, steps were being taken to raise further the awareness of the political system, fishermen, and businesses on illegal, unregulated and unreported fishing., elaborated Tam.

The European Commission on October 23 issued a “yellow card” warning to Vietnam over the risks of it being identified as a non-cooperating country in the fight against illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing worldwide.

Source: VOV5