The spirit of solidarity, mutual love and mutual affection of Vietnamese compatriots in Ukraine and other countries shows precious Vietnamese traditions.
Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs Ngo Trinh Ha
Vice Chairman of the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese Affairs (SCOV) Ngo Trinh Ha has provided information about the protection and rescue of Vietnamese citizens in the face of complicated developments in Ukraine.
Nearly 7,000 Vietnamese are living, working or studying in Ukraine, mostly in big cities such as Kiev (800 Vietnamese), Kharkov (3,000), Odessa (3,000) and other cities such as Kherson and Donetsk.
According to Ha, there have been no reports about deaths of the Vietnamese in Ukraine.
The Party and State leaders have paid close attention to and have given instructions on ensuring the security and safety of life and property of the Vietnamese community in Ukraine.
On February 26, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh sent a telegram, asking relevant agencies to apply measures to protect Vietnamese citizens and legal entities, and give support to the Vietnamese community in Ukraine.
Implementing the directions of the Party and State leaders, the working group on citizen protection of relevant units of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has coordinated with Vietnamese representative agencies in Ukraine and neighboring countries to carry out activities to support the evacuation of Vietnamese in Ukraine from the war zone.
According to representative agencies, as of the end of March 2 Vietnam time, most Vietnamese people in Kiev and Odessa, and hundreds of people in Kharkov had been evacuated to seek shelter in neighboring countries.
As many as 600 people are staying in Poland, 340 in Moldova, 120 in Romania, 30 in Slovakia and 30 in Hungary.
Vietnamese representative agencies have given support for procedures and papers for people to enter and transit neighboring countries; and have coordinated with local authorities and local Vietnamese associations to arrange temporary accommodations for people.
Except for the people who have arrived in neighboring countries, the rest of the Vietnamese are waiting at border gates or are on the way.
According to Ha, the evacuation situation has been orderly, though there have been traffic jams and crowded trains. Vietnamese helped each other and went in groups with the support and guidance of the Vietnamese Embassy and unions. People are continuing to leave Ukraine.
Facing difficulties, the Vietnamese community and associations in Ukraine and neighboring countries have promoted the spirit of solidarity, mutual love and mutual support, together with representative agencies, to provide information, guidance, evacuations, accommodations and essential items, and stayed on duty at shelters to help Vietnamese from Ukraine.
“The spirit of solidarity, mutual love and mutual affection of our compatriots in Ukraine and other countries shows the precious tradition of the Vietnamese people. I would also like to express my appreciation to a number of organizations and individuals in the country who have contacted us make contributions to the assistance of Vietnamese people in Ukraine,” Ha said.
“With the solidarity of Vietnamese people, in Vietnam and overseas, I believe that Vietnamese in Ukraine will soon overcome the challenge,” he added.
As soon as hostilities occurred on February 24, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) focused on implementing measures to protect citizens and support the community. The Vietnamese Embassy in Ukraine regularly contacts and exchanges information with the Vietnamese community in Ukraine to understand the situation, and is ready 24/24 to give timely support.
On February 24, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese sent a letter to the Vietnamese community and associations in Ukraine on official information channels to provide recommendations and give guidance to Vietnamese, reminding them to prepare necessities, find safe centers, and maintain contact with associations and agencies.
The committee has called on Vietnamese to promote the spirit of solidarity, mutual affection and mutual support to help each other in difficult circumstances. It has
mobilized the Vietnamese community, businesses and local Vietnamese associations to join forces with Vietnamese representative agencies in the work of protecting citizens and supporting the Vietnamese community in Ukraine.
Most associations have worked with representative agencies to draw up plans to give information, arrange accommodations and provide necessities to Vietnamese people from Ukraine. Associations have also sent people to cooperate with representative agencies.
The committee has established direct contact channels with some local associations in Ukraine and neighboring countries to update the situation of the Vietnamese community to help build plans on citizen evacuation and protection, and community support.
On March 1, the State Committee for Overseas Vietnamese sent notices providing guidance and contact addresses of Vietnamese representative agencies and Vietnamese associations in neighboring countries so that Vietnamese in Ukraine, when evacuating to the countries, can easily contact the organizations for support. Associations have also joined forces with MOFA to learn about the demands of Vietnamese people so as to deploy reasonable measures.
Ha hopes that Vietnamese and local associations in Ukraine and neighboring countries continue to promote Vietnamese traditions and cooperate with Vietnamese agencies to support Vietnamese in Ukraine.
MOFA and overseas Vietnamese representative agencies have committed to make every effort to protect citizens and support the community to overcome difficulties.
Japanese Crown Prince visits late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house
Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko, together with Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, paid a visit to late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house and fish pond on Thursday morning.
Their jaunt was taken after talks between the top Vietnamese official and Japan’s crown prince.
Vice-State President Xuan chaired a welcome ceremony for Akishino and Kiko at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Thursday morning.
The stilt house and fish pond are situated in the late President Ho Chi Minh relic site. These places were the late president’s living and working space.
The visit to the relic site was part of Akishino’s ongoing Vietnam trip, which will last until Monday next week.
|Crown Prince Akishino, 58, is the younger brother of Emperor Naruhito. He was declared first in line to the chrysanthemum throne in 2020. This is the third time the Japanese crown prince has visited Vietnam. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Akishino is set to meet other top Vietnamese officials such as Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang and State President Vo Van Thuong during his Vietnam visit. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan, Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko are introduced to the history of late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house, which was built in 1958. The house is 10.5 meters long and 6.2 meters wide. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (R), Japanese Crown Prince Akishino (C) and Crown Princess Kiko (L) are pictured feeding fish in late President Ho Chi Minh’s fish pond. The fish pond covers an area of more than 3,000 square meters. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
|Japanese Crown Prince Akishino takes photos of the precinct of late President Ho Chi Minh’s stilt house. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Vietnam reiterates net-zero emission goal, supports global health priorities
Vietnam is determined to meet its commitment of a net-zero emission target by 2050 and support global health security priorities, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh told two United Nations summits in New York, the U.S., on Wednesday.
The Vietnamese leader kicked off his first activities at the United Nations headquarters by attending two summits on climate change response and preparations for future pandemics, as part of his seven-day trip to the U.S. for the high-level General Debate of the 78th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session and other activities.
Cutting emissions by 43.5 percent by 2030
Speaking at the UN Climate Ambition Summit, where leaders of countries and international organizations expressed their concern about the severe impacts of climate change, PM Chinh stressed that addressing climate change impacts requires a global and all-people approach, with more urgent and stronger actions.
The PM proposed accelerating a fair and just green energy transition, which takes people as its center and leaves no one behind.
Developed countries and international organizations should put the Loss and Damage Fund into operation at COP28 as committed to supporting developing and underdeveloped countries to overcome the consequences of climate change, Chinh told the summit.
He also called for more assistance for developing countries and underdeveloped countries in developing green technologies, green finance, and renewable energy industries.
Many other delegates affirmed that responding to climate change is a shared responsibility, which requires every country to reduce the use of fossil fuels while making a fair green transition as soon as possible.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called on high-emitting countries to take the lead in reducing greenhouse gas emissions, with developed countries and large emerging economies required to achieve net zero emissions by 2040 and 2050, respectively.
Sharing the same view, PM Chinh said Vietnam, with support from the international community, will strive to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 43.5 percent by 2030 and obtain a renewable energy ratio of more than 70 percent by 2050.
“Even though being a developing country still facing many difficulties, Vietnam, with the spirit of supporting a green Earth, is determined to fulfill its commitment, raised at COP26, to achieving net zero emissions by 2050,” Chinh affirmed.
Supporting global health security priorities
While attending the UN High-Level Meeting (HLM) on Pandemic Prevention, Preparedness and Response (PPPR) on Wednesday afternoon, PM Chinh emphasized the extremely serious consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic.
He called on the international community to take action soon so that future generations do not have to suffer from similar terrible epidemics.
The PM proposed prioritizing increasing timely and equitable access to vaccines, improving the capacity of grassroots and preventive health, promoting transfer of vaccine and drug technologies, and providing financial support for developing and underdeveloped countries.
He affirmed that Vietnam supports making global health security a priority in all policies to help early detect, timely respond to and effectively drive back epidemics in the future.
From the COVID-19 experience, delegates called for increased international cooperation and coordination at the highest level to ensure equitable and timely access to pandemic-related medical products.
They also proposed removing trade barriers and strengthening supply chains to facilitate the transportation of vaccines, drugs and other public health products.
Delegates unanimously passed a political declaration on pandemic preparedness and response, and agreed to hold a high-level conference in 2026 to evaluate the implementation of the declaration.
This year’s HLM on PPPR was convened by the UN based on an initiative raised by Vietnam and some other countries and was approved by the UN General Assembly in September 2022.
Vietnam hosts welcome ceremony for Japan’s crown prince
Vietnamese Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan chaired a welcome ceremony for Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko at the Presidential Palace in Hanoi on Thursday morning.
Akishino and Kiko arrived at Noi Bai International Airport in Hanoi on Wednesday afternoon, beginning their official visit to Vietnam which will last until Monday next week.
The Japanese crown prince and Vice-State President Xuan held talks after the welcome ceremony.
Akishino’s Vietnam visit marks the 50th anniversary of Japan-Vietnam diplomatic ties.
This is the third time the Japanese crown prince has visited Vietnam.
His previous visits were made in 1999 and 2012.
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (C), Japanese Crown Prince Akishino and Crown Princess Kiko (left side) pose for a photo. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Akishino and Kiko will attend a ceremony to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties on Thursday night, according to the Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
As part of their trip, they will meet with State President Vo Van Thuong on Friday.
They and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister Tran Luu Quang will attend the world premiere of “Princess Anio,” an opera which tells the love story between a Vietnamese princess and a Japanese merchant, at the Hanoi Opera House on Friday night.
The opera was jointly produced by the two nations to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic ties, reported Japanese public broadcaster NHK.
|Vice-State President Vo Thi Anh Xuan (R) talks to Japanese Crown Prince Akishino. Photo: Nguyen Khanh / Tuoi Tre|
Akishino and Kiko will fly to the central region of Vietnam on Saturday morning to join various activities in Da Nang City and Quang Nam Province.
The two top Japanese representatives will also meet Vietnamese people who had earlier studied and lived in Japan, according to the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam.
Japanese Ambassador in Vietnam Yamada Takio was cited by website japanvietnam50.org as saying that the two nations’ bilateral relationship has made the greatest-ever strides.
Japan sees Vietnam as one of its key partners in implementing its free and open Indo-Pacific strategy.
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