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AGENT ORANGE/DIOXIN

People extend helping hands to dioxin victims

Sympathy abounded and a lot of money was raised for Agent Orange victims during activities held across the country on August 8 in honour of the Day ‘For Vietnamese Agent Orange/dioxin Victims’. 

 

A Call to Action on Orange Day

Five decades ago, on August 10, 1961, U.S. forces conducted the first spraying mission of so-called "herbicides" or "defoliants," beginning the chemical warfare which lasted for almost 10 years (1961-71). The use of Agent Orange brought about untold human death and suffering, as well as environmental destruction to South Vietnam and surrounding areas. Consequently, this date has become an annual commemoration - the "Day for Victims of Agent Orange in Vietnam" (or "Orange Day") to remind all of us about a major disaster for humanity 

 

New project launched to help Viet Nam overcome impact of dioxin/agent orange

The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will work with the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), the Ministry of Defence, and local authorities on a new project called “Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Viet Nam”, which was launched today in Ha Noi. The USD 5 million project is funded by the Global Environment Facility (GEF) and UNDP, and will be implemented by MONRE with UNDP providing technical support.
 

 

New website for Agent Orange victims and disabled people

A website www.cuocsongvantuoidep.vn has been set up for people who need to access domestic and foreign benefactors. 

 

World Peace Council shows support for AO victims

The Executive Committee of the World Peace Council has adopted a declaration in support of the Vietnamese victims of Agent Orange/Dioxin and chosen the 10th of August as ‘the Day for Vietnamese AO Victims’. 

 

US and Vietnamese Governments continue to join efforts to deal with AO issues

The U.S. Embassy in Hanoi and Office 33, the Vietnamese Government's coordinating office responsible for Agent Orange/Dioxin issues, on September 8 started the fourth three-day meeting of the Joint Advisory Committee (JAC) on Agent Orange and Dioxin, with an effort of the United States and Vietnamese Governments to further deal with the adverse consequences caused by AO. 

 

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"... From the beginning of the first century A.D., when the two Trung Sisters rose up to fight the enemy and save the nation, until now, whenever our country has faced danger, our women have contributed whatever they could toward the cause of national liberation.

Our people are grateful that our mothers from South and North alike have borne and raised our nation's generation of heroes....

Under the Socialist system, tens of thousands of women have become specialists in different fields and, as cadre, serve as directors and vice-directors of factories, leaders of farming cooperatives, presidents of People’s Committees, and general secretaries of Party Cells....

And so, the women of Vietnam from ancient times until now, from South to North, from young to old, are truly heroes ..."

(Excerpted from President Ho Chi Minh's speech on the 36th Anniversary of Vietnam Women's Union 20 October 1966)

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