Australia - funded medical boat to help flood areas

Ha Noi, Nov. 15 (VNA) -- A medical boat built with fund from the Australian Government was launched in the Mekong delta province of Dong Thap today, Nov. 15, after three months of building.

The boat, built at a cost of VND 684 million, including USD 34,000 (equivalent to VND 479 million) in aid from the Australian Government, will provide medical services to more than 100,000 people in remote areas of Dong Thap Muoi (Plain of Reeds).

Vietnam called on ASEAN members to push for more investment

Nov. 15 (VNA) -- Prior to the eighth Summit of APEC, Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam has called on ASEAN member countries to jointly push for more investment from developed countries for sustainable development of the whole Asian-Pacific region.

Deputy Prime Minister stresses ecotech cooperation in APEC

Ha Noi, Nov. 16 (VNA) -- Deputy Prime Minister Nguyen Manh Cam stressed the importance and role of ecotech cooperation among APEC at the 8th APEC Summit in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei.

Deputy PM Cam on Nov. 16 exchanged views with other APEC member countries' leaders on the negative impacts of the rapid development of the information technology revolution, the emergence and development of a new economy and e-commerce on traditional branches of production and business.

Vietnam supports for UN special session on Children

Nov. 16 (VNA) -- Viet Nam supports the draft resolution to be adopted by the UN General Assembly this year under item 42 relating to preparations for a Special Session of the UN General Assembly on Children in Sept., 2001, Ambassador Nguyen Thanh Chau has said.

Mr. Chau affirmed Viet Nam's strong support for and full commitment to making the Special Session a great success at the UN General Assembly in New York on Nov. 15.

The fight against drug trafficking in Vietnam

Ha Noi, Nov.16, (VNA) -- Viet Nam has declared a war against drug trafficking and other social evils at a seminar jointly held here today by the National Committee for AIDS, Drug and Prostitution Control and the daily Nhan Dan.

Fighting drug trafficking and addiction is extremely difficult and requiring more efforts from all government offices as well as relevant organizations, Deputy Prime Minister Pham Gia Khiem told the seminar, stressing this should be considered a regular task with a view to wiping it out of the people's life.

Activities of NGOs in Vietnam

Nov. 14 (VNA) -- More than 100 officials from Ho Chi Minh City's agencies in charge of receiving aid from non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been provided with skills on aid mobilization and management.

Vietnam contributes initiatives to APEC Agenda

Nov. 13 (VNA) -- All three initiatives of Viet Nam have been included in the agenda of the 12th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Ministerial Meeting in Bandar Seri Begawan, Brunei, on Nov. 12 and 13.

The country is being represented by a delegation led by Foreign Minister Nguyen Dy Nien at the meeting of foreign and economic ministers from 21 APEC member countries.

Vietnam improves investment environment

Ha Noi , Nov. 14 (VNA) - Viet Nam has always done its best to create a favourable environment for foreign investors and businessmen, President of the Japanese Business Association in Vietnam Otani Yasuo told a reporter from Nhan Dan newspaper in a recent interview.

The "Safe Kids Day" launched in Vietnam with UNICEF's assistance

Ha Noi, Nov. 14 (VNA) -- The Nguyen Du Primary School of Ha Noi was the first school chosen as a model of the "Safe Kids Day" launched in Ha Noi on Nov. 13 under UNICEF's traffic safety programme.

The "Safe Kids Day", jointly organized by the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam, the Committee for Protection and Care of Children, and the U.S Embassy in Ha Noi, aims to promote child safety helmet use to prevent road fatalities and injuries.

Vietnam wins UN award for natural disaster control

Ha Noi, Nov. 14 (VNA) -- Viet Nam's efforts in natural disaster control has won the country the UN special certificate of merit.

The Central Flood and Storm Control Committee (CFSCC) was presented the UN Sasakawa certificate for its achievements in tackling the various calamities which have hit Viet Nam this year.

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