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Vietnam News Today (Oct. 13): Vietnam, Bangladesh boost co-operation to contribute to UNHRC; Vietnam to make active contributions to CICA: Ambassador; Vietnam strives to contribute to common values of human rights; Vietnam Blockchain Summit 2022 to take place on October 19-20.
October 13, 2022 | 06:00

Vietnam News Today (Oct. 13) notable headlines

Vietnam, Bangladesh boost co-operation to contribute to UNHRC

Vietnam to make active contributions to CICA: Ambassador

Vietnam strives to contribute to common values of human rights

Vietnam Blockchain Summit 2022 to take place on October 19-20

Heavy rains isolate many areas in central Vietnam

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Photo: VOV
Photo: VOV

Vietnam, Bangladesh boost co-operation to contribute to UNHRC

The nation and Bangladesh will work closely to contribute more to the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), State Minister for Foreign Affairs of Bangladesh Shahriar Alam affirmed on October 11 after both countries were elected to the council.

In a recent media interview, the Bangladeshi official congratulated the Vietnamese Government and people on their success, saying the result indicates Vietnamese people’s aspirations.

Both sides enjoy a “fantastic” bilateral relationship, he said, adding that in a multilateral setting, the two nations had served as UNHRC members, cited VOV.

They have already worked closely in order to finalize a resolution relating to climate change and migration, he continued.

According to details given by the official, amid a changing global order challenges will be even greater compared to the tenure when both countries were UNHRC members in the 2014 to 2016 period.

Given this, he put forward a suggestion that the two sides adapt themselves quickly, saying that all countries, not just Vietnam and Bangladesh, should strive to understand each other better.

Bangladeshi Minister Alam also noted that human rights remains a vast topic which is integrally linked with further economic development.

Vietnam and Bangladesh share similarities in terms of culture, with both having experienced bloody wars to gain liberation, he said, suggesting the two countries work to promote peace and make this the centre of the decision making process.

Vietnam to make active contributions to CICA: Ambassador

Vietnam will contribute proactively, actively and responsibly to shared concerns at the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia (CICA), Ambassador to Kazakhstan Pham Thai Nhu Mai has told the press.

Affirming the importance of the CICA, Mai said that Vice State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan will attend the sixth conference in Kazakhstan from October 12-14.

CICA is an intergovernmental forum to enhance cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. Source: ANI News
CICA is an intergovernmental forum to enhance cooperation towards promoting peace, security and stability in Asia. Source: ANI News

She said that Xuan will deliver an important speech affirming major guidelines and policies of the Party and State, highlighting the country’s socio-economic achievements as well as its position, reputation and contributions to the settlement of regional and international issues.

The Vice President will have discussions and meetings with several head delegates and the CICA executive director within the framework of the conference in order to further promote bilateral and multilateral cooperation, according to VNA.

During her working visit to Kazakhstan, Xuan is scheduled to meet the country’s high-ranking leaders, visit several economic establishments, and meet representatives from the Kazakhstan - Vietnam Friendship Association and the Vietnamese community. She will attend the ceremony marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations and the launch of a direct air route between the two countries.

According to the diplomat, the Vice President’s working visit will make important contributions to promoting the Vietnam-Kazakhstan cooperation, thus meeting the interests and aspirations of the two peoples, and for peace, stability, cooperation and development in the region and the world over.

Regarding trade ties between the two countries, Ambassador Mai said that two-way trade hit US$303 million in the first half of 2022, up 57% year-on-year.

Vietnam strives to contribute to common values of human rights

Along with nine ASEAN member states, many Asian, African, and Latin American nations voted for Vietnam to join the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC), with Vietnamese people enjoying many freedoms and human rights for several years.

Veeramalla Anjaiah, a senior researcher of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Indonesia, outlined the positive global outlook on Vietnam in a recent media interview.

He affirmed that Vietnam represents a peaceful and stable country, with its Government always being committed to protecting human rights and fundamental freedoms at home.

Veeramalla Anjaiah, a senior researcher of the Centre for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Indonesia
Veeramalla Anjaiah, a senior researcher of the Center for Southeast Asian Studies (CSEAS) in Indonesia.

As a responsible nation, the country backs the protection of human rights and dignity worldwide, whilst always participating in such efforts at the UN and other international organisations, he added.

According to Anjaiah, the Vietnamese Government remains firmly committed to ensuring the interests of Vietnamese people and socio-economic development. In line with this, the nation has achieved remarkable success and progress in all of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with a total of 72.76 points, he affirmed.

Anjaiah went on to praise the country's reduction of its poverty rate to 2.23% in 2021 from 40.5% in 2012, an effort which has brought millions of people out of poverty, reported VOV.

Vietnam was among the 14 nations elected to the UNHRC for the 2023 to 2025 tenure on October 11 at the 77th session of the UN General Assembly in New York. This represents the second time the country has been elected to the council, with its first time being in 2013 for the 2014 to 2016 tenure.

Referring to Vietnamese international contributions in the field of human rights, Anjjaiah noted that Vietnam is a stable and peaceful country. Indeed, the Vietnamese government is fully committed to protecting human rights issues and freedoms for its citizens.

As a responsible country, Vietnam has always backed the protection of human rights and dignity globally.

Vietnam will therefore strive to contribute to humanity's common, positive, and progressive values relating to human rights through its active participation in human rights-related forums of the UN and other international organizations.

Vietnam Blockchain Summit 2022 to take place on October 19-20

The Vietnam Blockchain Summit 2022 will take place in Hanoi on October 19-20.

Organized for the first time by the Vietnam Software Association (VINASA) and the Vietnam Blockchain Association, the summit expects to attract more than 1,000 delegates, including experts in the field of blockchain from the world’s technological superpowers, cited VNA.

Speakers will share approaches to blockchain technology of leading technology companies, new solutions, and stories of integrating blockchain into products to bring new value to users.

An overview of the press conference on the event. Photo: VNA
An overview of the press conference on the event. Photo: VNA

Among the top 200 companies operating with blockchain technology in the world, seven were founded by Vietnamese. Vietnam is one of the top five blockchain countries and currently has more than 10 startups in this field with capital of more than US$100 million.

According to a report by MaketsandMarkets, domestic blockchain-related market will reach a value of nearly US$2.5 billion in 2026, increasing nearly five folds compared to that in 2021.

Heavy rains isolate many areas in central Vietnam

Many areas in Vietnam’s central region have been isolated by floods.

Over the past two days, Da Nang City and the three provinces of Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh have faced torrential downpours.

In Quang Nam, some sections of the Truong Son Dong route have faced landslides. Many other local roads have been put up to three metres under water, VNN reported.

The water level in Hoi An City and lots of districts, including Dai Loc, Duy Xuyen, Dien Ban, Nong Son, Nui Thanh and Bac Tra My have risen sharply.

As many as 1,237 households with a total of 4,276 people in valuable areas, including Bac Tra My, Nong Son and Tam Ky districts have been evacuated.

Photo: Tien Phong
Torrential rain caused a serious landslide in Tra Bong District, Quang Ngai Province. Photo: Tien Phong

Floods have left two dead and one missing in Quang Nam.

The rain has damaged a turbine of the Ka Tinh Hydropower Plant, and leaving a worker missing. Around 20,000 people in Tra Bong remain isolated by the floods.

In Binh Dinh, floods have damaged many roads, isolating roughly 400 households with a total of 2,000 people in An Lao District.

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