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U.S. Ambassador David Shear speaks at the launch of Ha Long Bay Alliance.
April 15, 2014

HANOI, April 15, 2014 -- The U.S. Embassy, in cooperation with Quang Ninh People’s Committee, today launched the “Ha Long Bay Alliance,” a joint public-private effort that will bring together U.S. and Vietnamese government officials, private sector business partners, and key local and national stakeholders to help preserve and protect Ha Long Bay. The Alliance will be supported with funding from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID).

Ha Long Bay is one of Vietnam’s major international tourist attractions and a natural UNESCO World Heritage Site. It also sustains a range of other economically important activities such as aquaculture, fisheries, harbor, mining and transportation. These economic development activities have increasingly placed pressure on the Bay, degraded the environment, and made the livelihoods of communities who are dependent on the Bay more vulnerable.

The Ha Long Bay Alliance aims to foster cooperation to ensure the sustainability of the Bay by raising the awareness and capacity of local nongovernmental and governmental organizations to effectively manage natural resources.

March 2, 2014

Mrs. H Kem Buon, an ethnic minority woman in the Central Highlands province of Dak Lak, recalls a time when things were not easy for her family; they did not to make enough money to cover basic expenses. The whole income of her family with four children was then around VND20 million ($950) a year, which came from maize, rice and corn crops on their 1.4 hectares of farming land. Her family’s most valuable assets were an old house and an obsolete motorbike. 

USAID helps combat avian and pandemic influenza in Vietnam.
February 10, 2014

 The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has awarded a new grant to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) to carry out a project that applies a One Health approach to reduce the threats to public health from avian and pandemic influenza (API) and other emerging infectious diseases (EIDs).

USAID Vietnam Mission Director Joakim Parker speaks at the Vietnam Forests and Deltas Program launch.
January 16, 2014

Climate change is a global issue that knows no national boundaries and a challenge that can best be addressed internally.  The negative impact felt by the people living in communities like Quất Lâm is shared in communities in the U.S. That’s why environment was highlighted as an important issue in the Comprehensive Partnership that was announced last year between President Sang and President Obama.   The tangible effects of climate change are one of the reasons that we are so committed to cooperating with the Government of Vietnam to address this important area.

USAID Mission Director Joakim Parker delivers opening remarks at the launching event.
January 16, 2014

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) officially launched the Vietnam Forests and Deltas climate change project in Nam Dinh province on January 16.  The estimated $26 million project supports Vietnam’s goals for climate-resilient, low emission, sustainable development by improving land-use planning, forest and natural resource management and engaging communities in development of action plans to address climate change impacts.

U.S. Ambassador David Shear speaks at the launch for USAID's Vietnam Country Development Cooperation Strategy.
January 14, 2014

It is my pleasure to be here today to launch the next phase of development cooperation between the United States and Vietnam.  USAID’s development work has played a pivotal role in advancing the relationship between our two countries.  The Country Development Cooperation Strategy launched today, outlines a shared vision and continued partnership to address Vietnam’s development needs over the next five years.   

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Last updated: April 15, 2014

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