Leaders of the six countries that share the Mekong River gathered for the opening ceremony of the 6th Greater Mekong Subregion (GMS) Summit yesterday at the Vietnam National Convention Center in Hanoi. Leaders of the GMS Summit discuss prospects for the economy at the opening ceremony on Friday in Hanoi. Photo by Giang Huy It is the first time Vietnam has hosted the GMS Summit, which will include a new event called the GMS Business Summit, an initiative put forward by Vietnam to create an opportunity for 2,000 business leaders from different countries to meet and discuss development issues in the subregion. A series of events will also offer leaders of the six Mekong River countries the chance to meet and discuss prospects for the economy and development drivers. Representative from Cambodia, China, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam will also examine and decide on the 2018 private sector action plan. “Despite our achievements, the GMS remains a valley of growth … [Read more...] about Mekong River countries can be next ‘kitchen’ and ‘factory’ of the world: summit
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The Hanoitimes - Deputy Minister of Information and Communication Pham Hong Hai attended the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), which is being held in Geneva, Switzerland from May 2-6. The summit attracted the participation of over 1,500 delegates from 140 countries. The World Summit on the Information Society focuses on key trends in sustainable development, and initiatives to promote the application of IT in prioritised fields of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Participated in the event, Deputy Minister Pham Hong Hai introduced Vietnam’s policies and solutions to narrow the digital gap between urban and rural areas and the rich and the poor in recent years. Speaking at the session "Narrowing the digital gap", the Vietnamese Deputy Minister said Vietnam has widely developed infrastructure for the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, and decreased the rates of mobile services to facilitate low-income people’s … [Read more...] about Vietnam attends World Summit on the Information Society
The leading Asian platform for Asian leaders seeking to re-imagine business models and connecting with new partners, Shape the World Conference 2014 (http://shapetheworldconference.org/stwcvn2014) announced the appointment of four distinguished leaders to the Shape the World Conference's World Council. Appointed members included Mr Pham Dinh Doan, CEO and President of Phu Thai Group; Mrs Mai Trang Thanh, President of Honeywell Vietnam; Dr Vu Dinh Anh - economist; and Mr Colin Thoms, CEO of Fast Flow Group. The World Council's role is to provide an influential thought leadership and advice to ensure that Shape the World movement continues to be centred on six core issues (Better Organisations, Design as an Enabler, Value-driven Leadership, Inclusive Entrepreneurship, Sustainable Innovation, Smarter World). The distinguished members of the council are leaders of corporations, political and civil organisations from Brunei, Indonesia, Japan, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, the US and … [Read more...] about Shape the World Conference Appoints World Council Members
Outlook (26-08-2005) What the world is not watching at the UN by Nguyen Minh Huyen While much of the world's media has been focused on the manoeuvring around contentious plans to restructure the United Nations, including the Security Council, at the world summit in New York next month, the developing world is focused on what it really takes to develop. For them, their common concern is how the summit goes about addressing critical economic and social issues. As the newly appointed administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, Kemal Dervis, warns: The overemphasis on Security Council change is undermining efforts to help 1 billion people escape poverty, disease and illiteracy. "I know that Security Council reform is very tough," says Turkey's former finance minister and senior World Bank official who has become the first UNDP chief from a developing country. "But we shouldn't let it hijack all the attention." Five years ago, 189 UN members signed the … [Read more...] about What the world is not watching at the UN
Cleaning your plate may not help feed starving children today, but the time-worn advice of mothers everywhere may help reduce food waste from the farm to the fork, help the environment and make it easier to feed the world's growing population. Hard data is still being collected, but experts at the Reuters Food and Agriculture Summit in Chicago this week said an estimated 30 percent to 50 percent of the food produced in the world goes uneaten. The average American throws away 33 pounds of food each month -- about $40 worth -- according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, which plans to publish a report on food waste in April. In a year, that means each person throws away almost 400 pounds of food, the weight of an adult male gorilla. (Graphic, U.S. food waste in 2010: link.reuters.com/fad27s ) The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates that 23 percent of eggs and an even higher percentage of produce ends up in the trash. "We forget we have all these fresh fruits and … [Read more...] about Clean your plate, save the world?