UNICEF Vietnam Humanitarian Situation Report No. 15, 14 March 2017


from UN Children’s Fund

Published on 14 Mar 2017

520,000 # of children affected out of 2,000,000 # of people affected

600,000 # hectares of damaged crops 1,750,000 # people with lost incomes 52 (18 most affected) # provinces affected out of

63 Government-One UN Joint Emergency Response Plan 2016 US$48.5 million

UNICEF funds received: US$4 million


  • Viet Nam’s Deputy Foreign Minister, during his keynote speech at the 34th regular session of the Human Rights Council panel discussion on Climate Change and Child Rights on 2 March 2017 in Geneva, highlighted the country’s successful cooperation with UNICEF during the ongoing emergency response and on childcentred disaster risk reduction (DRR) in Viet Nam. The statement generated significant interest and discussion among participants, including representatives from ASEAN countries.
  • The emergency nutrition intervention is in its final phase of implementation. In bridging the gap between humanitarian assistance and subsequent development interventions, National Guidelines and a National Plan on Emergency Nutrition Preparedness and Response is being developed. A workshop was conducted on 7-8 March with national and provincial level partners to learn key lessons from the on-going emergency nutrition response and inform content of the guidelines and plan.
  • A child-centred DRR partnership framework between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and UNICEF is being finalized to solidify long-term cooperation on the issue in Viet Nam.

Da Nang’s coastline suffers serious erosion


Updated : 03/11/2017 09:37 GMT + 7

Authorities in the central Vietnamese city of Da Nang are scratching their heads to figure out an effective measure to curb the increasingly serious erosion along the local coastline.

On Thursday morning, secretary of the municipal Party Committee Nguyen Xuan Anh and vice-chairman of the city’s administration Tran Van Mien led a team of officials to inspect the situation.

The erosion occurs in a stretch of several kilometers along the shoreline from Man Thai Ward, Son Tra District to Hoa Hai Ward, Ngu Hanh Son District.

Previously spanning about 100 meters wide, the beach running along Vo Nguyen Giap Street now measures only 40 meters in width due to the phenomenon. Tiếp tục đọc “Da Nang’s coastline suffers serious erosion”

Việt Nam accuses China of violating its sovereignty


Update: March, 14/2017 – 10:01

Foreign Ministry spokesman Lê Hải Bình yesterday accused China of infringing on Việt Nam’s sovereignty and urged it to respect international law. — VNA/VNS Photo Phạm Kiên

HÀ NỘI – Foreign Ministry spokesman Lê Hải Bình yesterday accused China of infringing on Việt Nam’s sovereignty and urged it to respect international law.

He spoke in response to reports that China had opened an illegal tourism route to Hoàng Sa (Paracel) Archipelago and that a Chinese coast guard vessel had pursued a Vietnamese fishing ship, coded QNg 95215 TS, in the area of Bạch Quy (Passu Keah) Island in Hoàng Sa. Tiếp tục đọc “Việt Nam accuses China of violating its sovereignty”

Philippine ‘hit man’ set to file ICC case against Duterte over crimes against humanity

japan times

Reuters, Mar 14, 2017

A self-confessed assassin who testified to being in a “death squad” under Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte will soon file a case at the International Criminal Court accusing the president of crimes against humanity, his lawyer said Tuesday.

More than 8,000 people have died since Duterte took office in June and unleashed a bloody war on drugs, a third in raids and sting operations by police who say they acted in self-defense.

Duterte and the police have denied links to the other killings, many of which rights groups say bear the same hallmarks as hundreds of suspicious deaths of criminals in Davao City during the 22 years Duterte was its mayor. Tiếp tục đọc “Philippine ‘hit man’ set to file ICC case against Duterte over crimes against humanity”

Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya


Posted 15 Mar 2017 01:03

Vietnam is a hot market for rhino horn, believed to have medicinal properties and is in high demand among the communist nation’s growing middle class.

The country is a popular transit point for illegal animal products, which often move from Africa through Vietnam to other parts of Asia. Tiếp tục đọc “Vietnam seizes 100 kgs of rhino horn from Kenya”

Joint patrols in Sulu Sea to start in April: Malaysia navy chief

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines will commence joint patrols in the Sulu Sea in April, potentially putting an end to decades of lawlessness in the resource-rich waters.

Speaking to Channel NewsAsia in an exclusive interview on Tuesday (Mar 14), Malaysia’s navy chief, Admiral Ahmad Kamarulzaman, said the cooperation is unprecedented and reflects the level of trust and confidence among the three nations. Tiếp tục đọc “Joint patrols in Sulu Sea to start in April: Malaysia navy chief”

Túi nilông đã biến mất ở Cù Lao Chàm

26/02/2017 14:33 GMT+7

TTO – Câu chuyện những cư dân ở hòn đảo Cù Lao Chàm không sử dụng túi nilông một thời khiến nhiều người mắt tròn mắt dẹt ngạc nhiên.

Túi nilông đã biến mất ở Cù Lao Chàm
Tiểu thương chợ Tân Hiệp trên đảo Cù Lao Chàm sử dụng túi giấy để gói thực phẩm chứ không dùng túi nilông – Ảnh: Thanh Ba

Cho đến nay, phong trào ấy dần dà ăn sâu vào nếp nghĩ, lối sống của bà con trên đảo. Tiếp tục đọc “Túi nilông đã biến mất ở Cù Lao Chàm”

Trump plans to host China’s Xi in April at Florida resort: report

Japan times

Trump plans to host China’s Xi in April at Florida resort: report

Reuters, Mar 13, 2017

U.S. President Donald Trump is planning to host Chinese President Xi Jinping at a two-day summit next month at his Florida Mar-a-Lago resort, U.S. online media outlet Axios reported Monday, citing officials familiar with the plans.

The two-day meeting is tentatively scheduled for April 6-7, the U.S. media outlet reported.

Reuters has not verified the Axios story and does not vouch for its accuracy. Representatives of the White House and for Xi could not be immediately reached for comment.

The planned summit would follow a string of other recent U.S-China meetings and conversations seeking to reaffirm ties following months of strong rhetoric from Trump.

Last month, Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi visited Washington to discuss the two countries’ economic ties and security interests. Tiếp tục đọc “Trump plans to host China’s Xi in April at Florida resort: report”

US deploys attack drones to South Korea amid tension with North

SEOUL: The United States has started to deploy attack drones to South Korea, a U.S. military spokesman said on Monday, days after it began to deploy an advanced anti-missile system to counter “continued provocative actions” by isolated North Korea.

The drones, Gray Eagle Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) coming to South Korea are part of a broader plan to deploy a company of the attack drones with every division in the U.S. Army, the spokesman said. Tiếp tục đọc “US deploys attack drones to South Korea amid tension with North”

Duterte to China: Benham Rise sea territory ‘is ours’

Rodrigo Duterte orders military to assert ownership of Benham Rise area to Beijing – but in a nice way.

President Rodrigo Duterte says instructed the military to assert Philippine ownership of a large ocean region off the country’s northeastern coast where China’s survey ships were spotted last year.

However, Duterte said on Monday he ordered the military to claim the Benham Rise area in a friendly way, repeating his country has no option but to be diplomatic because it “cannot match the might of China”. Tiếp tục đọc “Duterte to China: Benham Rise sea territory ‘is ours’”

Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea: Sources

China claims almost all the disputed waters and its growing military presence has fuelled concern in Japan and the West, with the United States holding regular air and naval patrols to ensure freedom of navigation. Tiếp tục đọc “Japan plans to send largest warship to South China Sea: Sources”