1. We, the Foreign Ministers of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), met on 31 July 2019 at the 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting (AMM) in Bangkok. We underlined the need to further strengthen cooperation and advance our partnership to ensure sustainability in all dimensions for ASEAN amidst the rapid changes in Southeast Asia and beyond. ASEAN COMMUNITY-BUILDING 2. We reaffirmed our commitment to the full and effective implementation of the ASEAN Community Vision 2025 and the ASEAN Leaders’ Vision Statement on Partnership for Sustainability. We reaffirmed the importance of maintaining ASEAN centrality and unity in our community-building efforts, engagement with external partners and regional architecture. We commended the ongoing work of all ASEAN Sectoral Bodies and Organs for progress in the implementation of the ASEAN Political-Security Community (APSC), ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), and ASEAN Socio-Cultural Community (ASCC) … [Read more...] about Joint Communique of 52nd ASEAN Foreign Ministers’ Meeting
PALO ALTO, CA - FEB. 6: Casper Klynge, Denmark's Tech Ambassador, rides a bike from his home in Menlo Park to his office in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) PALO ALTO, CA - FEB. 6: Casper Klynge, Denmark's Tech Ambassador, at his office in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Sound The gallery will resume inseconds PALO ALTO, CA - FEB. 6: Casper Klynge, Denmark's Tech Ambassador, at his office in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) PALO ALTO, CA - FEB. 6: Casper Klynge, Denmark's Tech Ambassador, at his office in Palo Alto, Calif., Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group) Show Caption of Expand By Leonardo Castañeda | [email protected] | Bay Area News Group PUBLISHED: April 4, 2019 at 6:30 am | UPDATED: April 4, 2019 at 6:33 am Silicon Valley is no doubt a more comfortable diplomatic post … [Read more...] about Denmark’s tech ambassador thinks Silicon Valley could learn a few things from his country
14:28 | 22/02/2019 VGP – Viet Nam has granted e-visa to citizens from 80 countries, according to the Government's current regulations. The Government on January 25, 2017 issued Decree No. 07/2017/ND-CP prescribing the order and procedures on pilot grant of e-visa to citizens from the following 40 countries. No. Country 1 Azerbaijan 2 Argentina 3 Armenia 4 Ireland 5 Poland 6 Belarus 7 Bulgaria 8 Brunei 9 Republic of Korea 10 Germany 11 Chile 12 Colombia 13 Czech Republic 14 Cuba 15 Denmark 16 Timor Leste 17 United States of America 18 Hungary 19 Greece 20 Italy 21 Kazakhstan 22 Russia 23 United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland 24 Luxembourg 25 Myanmar 26 Mongolia 27 Japan 28 Panama 29 Peru 30 Finland 31 France 32 Philippines 33 Romania 34 Spain 35 … [Read more...] about VN grants e-visa to citizens of 80 countries
The Coral Triangle is a vast network of coral reefs that dot the waters surrounding the Philippines, Indonesia, Malaysia, Papua New Guinea, the Solomon Islands and Timor-Leste. Also known as "the Amazon of the ocean," this expansive underwater ecosystem in Southeast Asia is a hotspot for marine biodiversity, hosting 30 percent of the world's coral reefs that span 2.3 million square miles (6 million square kilometers). From humpback whales to humphead wrasses, a wide variety of sea creatures survive and thrive along the reefs in the Coral Triangle. Biodiversity hotspot "If you go to a place in the Coral Triangle — like the Verde Island Passage or Bali — there's so much microhabitat diversity," said Luiz Rocha, a coral reef scientist at the California Academy of Sciences. "You can go 100 yards [90 meters] from one reef to another, and the reef composition will be completely different." The region is home to more than 500 species of reef-building corals, which have adapted … [Read more...] about What Is the Coral Triangle?