US, Vietnam sign agreement on dioxin remediation programs

The US Government and Vietnam’s Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment on Wednesday signed a memorandum of understanding that lays the framework for implementing environmental health and remediation programs. 

The American Embassy in Hanoi says the overall objective of the program is to contribute to the enhanced quality of life of Vietnamese citizens by helping to improve environmental, health, and social conditions. 

The memorandum of understanding outlines the coordination framework between the implementing agencies – the ministry’s Office of National Steering Committee 33 and the US Agency for International Development (USAID). 

According to the US Ambassador to Vietnam, Michael Michalak, “This MOU marks an important milestone and a new level of commitment in working together to find new and innovative solutions to a complex problem.”

The MOU covers activities funded by US$6 million in U.S. Congressional appropriations in 2007 and 2009.  To date, the U.S. Government has financed projects with East Meets West Foundation, Save the Children, and Vietnam Assistance to the Handicapped to provide health, educational and socials services to people with disabilities in Danang. 

This funding also supports work with other donors to help Danang City gather more information about its disabled populations and develop programs to better meet their needs, according to the American Embassy.

By Tuong Thuy

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