US Organization commits to deal with dioxin aftermaths

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(VOV) – The US Ford Foundation and the Aspen Institute have committed to help Vietnam deal with the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin.

The Ford Foundation has sent US$1.6 million to the Aspen Institute to accelerate the AO/dioxin programme in Vietnam that was launched by the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group.

Activities include long-term commitments of public and private resources for cleaning up AO/dioxin chemicals and helping experts focus projects on the needs of people who were affected by the chemical.

The two organizations have played a key role in creating humanitarian programmes to resolve issues related to AO/dioxin in Vietnam and to raise US lawmakers’ awareness of the issue.

Since 2000, the Ford Foundation has provided more than US$17 million to cope with consequences of AO/dioxin in Vietnam.

In June 2010, the US-Vietnam Dialogue Group announced its plan to raise US$300 million over 10 years to help Vietnam overcome the aftermaths of AO/dioxin.

The group was established in 2007 to call for practical support to address the harmful impacts of AO/dioxin on the people and environment in Vietnam. It was presided over by Aspen Institute’s President, Walter Isaacson, and vice chairman of the National Assembly’s Committee for External Affairs, Ngo Quang Xuan.

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