The United Nations’ cultural agency selected former French culture minister Audrey Azoulay as its new chief on Friday, handing her the keys to revive UNESCO’s fortunes after the United States pulled out.

Thailand sets to welcome 33 to 34 million tourists in 2017

Thailand expects to welcome 33 to 34 million visitors this year, which is lower than its earlier forecast of 35 million, Tourism Minister Kobkarn Wattanavrangkul said on October 12.

Vietnam’s candidacy for UNESCO chief shows sense of responsibility

Vietnam’s candidacy for the post of UNESCO Director-General demonstrates the country’s sense of responsibility to the international community, even though its candidate did not receive many votes in the first round of voting in Paris on October 9.

Two Australian navy ships visit Philippines

Two Australian navy vessels - a landing helicopter dock and a guided missile frigate arrived in Manila, the Philippines, on October 10.

Japanese firms explore business prospects in south central region

The "Meeting Japan – South Central Region” conference took place in Nha Trang city, the central province of Khanh Hoa on October 6 to discuss bilateral cooperative prospects in the near future.

Experts: APEC economies have policies to ensure jobs for the disabled

Increasing the access of people with disabilities to inclusive employment opportunities is a key component to advancing inclusive economic growth across all of APEC 21 member economies, experts have said.

Vietnam prioritises education to reduce social inequality

Ambassador Pham Thi Kim Anh, deputy permanent representative of the Vietnam mission to the United Nations (UN), highlighted the role played by education in reducing social inequality while speaking at the 72nd session of the UN Social, Humanitarian and Cultural Affairs Committee in New York on October 3.

Ho Chi Minh City leader seeks stronger economic ties with Cuba

Le Thanh Liem, Vice Chairman of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, told visiting Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Diaz that the Southern largest economic hub is ready to share its experience in economic management and development with Cuba, contributing to the development of friendship relations between Vietnam and Cuba.

Vietnam, Cuba hold Inter-Governmental Committee’s 35th meeting

The Vietnam-Cuba Inter-Governmental Committee convened its 35th meeting in Hanoi on October 2, under the chair of Vietnamese Minister of Construction Pham Hong Ha and Cuban Minister of Foreign Trade and Investment Rodrigo Malmierca Díaz.

Vietnam, Myanmar continues fostering defence cooperation

Vietnam and Myanmar would continue fostering comprehensive cooperation between their armed forces and work together towards effective outcomes, following the official visit of Minister of Defence Ngo Xuan Lich to Myanmar from October 1-3.

ASEAN keen to further fast-tract East Sea code of conduct

The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) is ready to further speed up the process to create a legally binding code of conduct (COC) in the East Sea with China.

APEC dialogue facilitates progress in women’s entrepreneurship

The 2017 Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Public-Private Dialogue on Women and the Economy (PPDWE) opened in Hue city, on September 28, with the "Women Entrepreneurs Forum: She Means Business” event.

APEC policy partnership promotes women’s economic participation

The second APEC Policy Partnership on Women and the Economy (PPWE2) kicked off in Hue city, the central province of Thua Thien - Hue, on September 26 with the aim to continue promoting gender equality and women’s economic participation.

Thai PM Prayut Chan-o-cha to visit US in October

Thai Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha is scheduled to pay an official visit to the US in October, during which he will meet with US President Donald Trump.

Vietnam, Cuba’s trade unions strengthen traditional friendship

The Vietnam General Confederation of Labor (VGCL) and the Central Union of Cuban Workers (CTC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on specific activities to promote the bilateral relations.

APEC gives recommendations on disaster management

The 11th APEC Senior Disaster Management Officials Forum (SDMOF 11) concluded on September 22, in the central Nghe An province, after participants agreed to submit a number of major recommendations to the APEC leaders on fostering inter-regional cooperation and technological innovation for more effective response to natural disasters and recovery.

Mekong minsters endorse US$64 billion project towards sustainable regional development

Ministers from the six member countries of the Greater Mekong Sub-region (GMS) have endorsed a five-year action plan framework that includes US$64 billion in projects to help the sub-region achieve inclusive growth and sustainable development.

Vietnam, Laos heed border, territorial issues

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc stated that Party, State and Government leaders of Vietnam and Laos have always paid special attention to border and territory-related issues between the countries.

ASEAN strengthens cooperation in combating cyber threats

Ministers and senior officials from all the 10 ASEAN member states gathered at the second ASEAN Ministerial Conference on Cybersecurity (AMCC) in Singapore on September 18 to seek measures against cyber attacks.

Cambodia: US visa restrictions on senior officials “unreasonable”

Cambodia’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said on September 14 that US visa restrictions on Cambodian foreign ministry officials are "unreasonable" and against the spirit of good cooperation between the two countries.

Ethiopia suggests reopening of Vietnamese embassy

Vietnamese Ambassador to Tanzania and Ethiopia Nguyen Kim Doanh on September 13 met with Ethiopian Foreign Minister (FM) Workneh Gebeyehu who proposed that the Vietnamese Government consider reopening its embassy in the capital city of Addis Ababa.

APEC forum looks towards dynamic, networked start-ups community.

The APEC 2017 Start-ups Forum was held in Ho Chi Minh City on September 12 to support micro, small and medium-sized enterprises (MSMEs) in their attempts to innovate, integrate and access the global value chain at their nascent business stage.

SEAN Festival 2017 held in Canada’s Vancouver

The ASEAN Festival 2017 was held in Vancouver in Canada’s western British Columbia province, featuring the traditional cultures and foods of the ASEAN countries, including Vietnam.

Former parliament speaker to become Singaporean President

Former Speaker of the Parliament of Singapore Halimah Yacob will be become the first Malay to be declared the eighth President on Nomination Day September 13.

ASEAN Festival 2017 held in Canada’s Vancouver

The ASEAN Festival 2017 was held in Vancouver in Canada’s western British Columbia province, featuring the traditional cultures and foods of the ASEAN countries, including Vietnam.