The Green Alliance: Vietnam and EU Unite for a Sustainable Future

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Vietnam News Headlines Today (May 13): FM Bui Thanh Son Meets EU Ambassador to Vietnam Julien Guerrier

FM Bui Thanh Son Receives EU Ambassador Julien Guerrier

Vietnam Aspires to Enhance Global Peace and Development: Ambassador

Friendship Medal Presented to Polish Parliamentarian Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski

Vietnam and the EU Unite for a Cleaner Environment

Spectacular Iridescent Cloud Spotted in Ho Chi Minh City Sky

Vietnamese Entrepreneur Wins Cartier Women’s Initiative Award

US Stands as Vietnam’s Top Export Market in First Four Months

Mysterious ‘Floating’ Lake Discovered in Quang Binh Province

Hai Phong Celebrates Red Flamboyant Festival, Recognized by UNESCO

Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son meets Ambassador of the European Union Julien Guerrier. (Photo: Quang Hoa)

FM Bui Thanh Son Receives EU Ambassador Julien Guerrier

On May 9, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son welcomed the new Ambassador of the European Union (EU), Julien Guerrier, as he commenced his term in Vietnam.

During their meeting, Minister Son acknowledged the positive trajectory of Vietnam-EU relations, expressing satisfaction with the effective implementation of the Vietnam–EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation, as well as the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA).

He applauded the new EU-Indo-Pacific Strategy, prioritizing collaboration with Southeast Asian nations, including Vietnam, in areas such as infrastructure development, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development.

The Foreign Minister proposed that the EU and its member states coordinate to assist Vietnam in effectively implementing the Resource Mobilization Plan (RMP), announced at COP28, to realize the Political Declaration on establishing the “Just Energy Transition Partnership” (JETP) between Vietnam and the international partner group, with the EU serving as the coordinator. Minister Son also expressed hope that the EU Ambassador would urge the European Commission (EC) to promptly lift the “yellow card” on Vietnam’s seafood exports and encourage the remaining nine EU member states to ratify the Vietnam-EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA) without delay.

Minister Son reiterated his satisfaction with the effective implementation of the Vietnam–EU Framework Agreement on Comprehensive Partnership and Cooperation, along with the Vietnam-EU Free Trade Agreement (EVFTA), reflecting the positive development of Vietnam-EU relations.

He welcomed the EU-Indo-Pacific Strategy’s focus on Southeast Asian countries, including Vietnam, in critical areas like infrastructure development, climate change adaptation, and sustainable development, as cited by WVR.

Minister Son proposed that the EU and its member states collaborate to support Vietnam in effectively carrying out the Resource Mobilization Plan (RMP), aiming to implement the Political Declaration for the “Just Energy Transition Partnership” (JETP) with the international partner group, coordinated by the EU. He also expressed his desire for the EU Ambassador to encourage the European Commission (EC) to lift the “yellow card” on Vietnam’s seafood exports and persuade the remaining nine EU member states to swiftly ratify the Vietnam-EU Investment Protection Agreement (EVIPA).

Minister Bui Thanh Son and Ambassador Guerrier agreed to strengthen cooperation in areas where the EU excels and Vietnam has urgent needs, such as addressing climate change. The EU will immediately support Vietnam in implementing the RMP.

Ambassador Guerrier noted the active coordination between the two sides and Vietnam’s efforts to combat IUU fishing. He welcomed the delegation of Deputy Ministers from the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development of Vietnam, who worked with the EC to review the implementation of EU recommendations and address outstanding issues. The EU Ambassador also expressed delight at the record number of Vietnamese exchange students awarded Erasmus scholarships by the EU in 2023 and commended the achievements in bilateral cooperation in peacekeeping.

On this occasion, Minister Son and Ambassador Guerrier discussed regional and international issues of mutual interest. Regarding the East Sea situation, they emphasized the importance of resolving disputes through peaceful means, based on international law, including UNCLOS 1982, to ensure security, safety, and freedom of navigation in the area.

Minister Bui Thanh Son invited Ambassador Guerrier to promote high-level EU leadership visits to Vietnam during his tenure. He expressed confidence that with the joint efforts of both sides, Vietnam-EU relations would be further strengthened and elevated to new heights. The Vietnamese Government, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and relevant ministries, departments, and localities will actively coordinate and support the Ambassador in successfully accomplishing his mission in Vietnam, affirmed the Foreign Minister.

Vietnam Aspires to Enhance Global Peace and Development: Ambassador

Ambassador Mai Phan Dung, Vietnam’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN), the World Trade Organization (WTO), and other international organizations in Geneva, affirmed Vietnam’s desire to diversify its partners and foster a peaceful and stable international environment conducive to its development. This, he said, would also contribute to global peace and development.

In a recent interview with the Geneva Geostrategic Observatory, published in the Swiss newspaper Tribune de Genève, Ambassador Dung highlighted that multilateralism and international integration are at the core of Vietnam’s diplomacy. The country actively participates in multilateral negotiations in Geneva and serves as a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term.

Vietnam aims to diversify its partnerships and strengthen a peaceful and stable international environment that facilitates its development. This approach not only safeguards Vietnam’s national interests but also enables the country to leverage external resources for sustainable development. Additionally, it allows Vietnam to contribute to international efforts in addressing the challenges faced by nations today and promoting peace and development worldwide, he added.

Ambassador Mai Phan Dung, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, the WTO, and other international organizations in Geneva (Photo: VNA)

Ambassador Dung pointed out that the multilateral system established after World War II has been instrumental in preventing wars, promoting peace, and fostering international cooperation for the development of nations. However, the current global landscape has significantly evolved, presenting new challenges for the multilateral system.

In this context, reforming the multilateral system is not only necessary but also urgent. This reform must respect the independence, sovereignty, and legitimate interests of all nations, while promoting their democratic and equitable participation in decision-making processes, he emphasized.

The ambassador suggested that a comprehensive review of the multilateral system, encompassing security, economic, development, and financial aspects, is essential to address global challenges and strengthen the common interests of all nations.

At the same time, he added, it is crucial to modernize and optimize international organizations, improving their operational efficiency, streamlining budgets, and reducing administrative costs. By doing so, we can revitalize the multilateral system, enabling it to better respond to contemporary challenges and promote global cooperation for the benefit of all.

Friendship Medal Presented to Polish Parliamentarian Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski

On May 9, at the Vietnamese Embassy in Warsaw, Ambassador of Vietnam to Poland Ha Hoang Hai, on behalf of the Vietnamese State and under the authorization of the President, bestowed the Friendship Medal upon Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski, Member of the Polish Parliament (Sejm) and Chairman of the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group.

Twenty out of 35 members of the Group attended the ceremony, including Marek Borowski, former Speaker of the Lower House; Jan Ardanowski, former Minister of Agriculture; Pawel Bejda, Deputy Minister of Defense; and Marcin Kulasek, Deputy Minister of Public Properties.

Speaking at the event, Ambassador Ha Hoang Hai emphasized that this prestigious award recognizes the contributions of Chairman Grzegorz Napieralski and the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group to the development of bilateral relations between Vietnam and Poland. He described the event as a meaningful opportunity to further promote, expand, and enhance mutual understanding between the peoples of the two countries.

Ambassador Hai proposed that Chairman Grzegorz Napieralski and the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group continue to coordinate and work closely with the Embassy to further strengthen Vietnam-Poland relations for the benefit of both nations, as reported by WVR.

Friendship Medal awarded to Polish Parliamentarian Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski: Ambassador of Vietnam to Poland Ha Hoang Hai presents the Friendship Medal to Mr. Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski, Member of Parliament (Sejm) and Chairman of the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians Group. (Photo: WVR)

Grzegorz Napieralski, a member of the Polish Parliament, expressed his honor in receiving the Friendship Medal. He noted that the Poland-Vietnam Friendship Parliamentarians’ Group is one of the largest groups of its kind in the Polish Parliament, comprising members from various political parties. This, he said, demonstrates the Polish Government and people’s affection for and aspiration to cooperate with Vietnam. The Friendship Parliamentarians Group affirmed its commitment to continuing its collaboration with the Embassy as an active bridge to further advance the Vietnam-Poland relationship.

On this occasion, Ambassador Ha Hoang Hai also presented Mr. Grzegorz Bernard Napieralski with the Commemorative Medal “For Peace and Friendship among Nations,” the highest award of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations.

Vietnam and the EU Unite for a Cleaner Environment

On May 12, an event themed “Vietnam – EU Joining Hands for a Clean Environment” took place in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province. The event was organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MoFA), the Quang Ninh provincial People’s Committee, the EU Delegation to Vietnam, and Sun Group.

Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Le Thi Thu Hang emphasized the challenges faced in protecting the marine environment, including pollution risks from untreated waste and wastewater, as well as limited public awareness. She highlighted the MoFA’s active promotion of cooperation with other countries and international organizations in environmental protection and climate change response, in addition to the efforts of the entire political system.

Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, Julien Guerrier, speaks at the Vietnam – EU Day in Ha Long city, Quang Ninh province, on May 12. (Photo: baotintuc.vn)

She acknowledged the significant contributions of the EU and its member nations to environmental protection and climate change response globally, noting their active assistance to Vietnam through cooperation projects on climate change response, biodiversity conservation, forest protection, and waste treatment, among others.

The Vietnam – EU Day in Ha Long, initiated by the MoFA, aimed to raise awareness among businesses and the public about responsible behavior towards the environment and natural ecosystems, thereby preventing pollution and degradation of the marine environment.

The event also sought to enhance mutual understanding and cooperation between Quang Ninh and the EU Delegation, as well as the embassies of EU countries, contributing to the flourishing comprehensive partnership and cooperation between Vietnam and the EU, according to Deputy Minister Hang.

She added that Vietnam looks forward to continued effective cooperation and assistance from the EU and its members in promoting awareness and capacity for environmental protection and the restoration of soil, forest, and marine ecosystems.

Ambassador and Head of the EU Delegation to Vietnam, Julien Guerrier, highlighted the event’s significance in Vietnam’s journey towards green and sustainable development.

Commending Vietnam’s commitments to building a green and circular economy and achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, he affirmed the EU’s unwavering support for Vietnam in carrying out initiatives on climate change response and environmental protection, aligning with the Sustainable Development Goals.

After the opening ceremony, nearly 200 delegates, along with local residents and tourists, participated in a beach and bay cleanup along Bai Chay beach and Ha Long Bay.

Spectacular Iridescent Cloud Spotted in Ho Chi Minh City Sky

On the afternoon of May 12, an iridescent cloud, also known as a five-colored cloud, appeared in the sky over Ho Chi Minh City, captivating the attention of many locals. This phenomenon occurred around 4 pm and was quickly captured and shared on social media by excited Facebookers and Tiktokers.

An iridescent cloud, or five-colored cloud, appears in the sky over Ho Chi Minh City on May 12, 2024. (Photo: Hong Van)

According to local residents, this was a beautiful and large five-colored cloud that has not been witnessed in the locality for decades.

Notably, viewers were thrilled to see the cloud on May 12, which also happened to be Mother’s Day, as cited by VOV.

According to Wikipedia, cloud iridescence or irisation is a colorful optical phenomenon associated with clouds. It resembles the colors seen in soap bubbles and oil on water surfaces. This phenomenon is typically observed in altocumulus, cirrocumulus, lenticular, and cirrus clouds, sometimes appearing as bands parallel to the cloud’s edge.

Iridescence is also observed in the rarer polar stratospheric clouds, also known as nacreous clouds.

Rosie Nguyen
Rosie Nguyen