Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology participates in the exhibition "Agent Orange/dioxin disaster – a look back over 60 years"
Attending the opening ceremony of the exhibition were Senior Lieutenant General Tran Quang Phuong, Party Central Committee member, member of the Central Military Commission, and Deputy General Department of Politics of the Vietnam People's Army; Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, former member of the Party Central Committee, former Deputy Minister of National Defense, and VAVA Chairman; Mr. Phung Xuan Nha, Deputy Head of the Party Central Committee Commission on Popularization and Education; Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chu Hoang Ha, Vice President of Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology; Lieutenant General, Prof. Dr. Do Quyet, Director of Military Medical Academy; Major General Ha Van Cu, Commander of the Chemical Army and NACCET Director; together with many leading representatives of the Ministry of National Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs, Vietnam National Committee for People with Disabilities, and the Hanoi City People's Committee.
Also attending the opening ceremony were representatives of the US Embassy in Vietnam, the Japanese Embassy in Vietnam, the Republic of Korea Embassy in Vietnam, and representatives of international organizations such as the US Agency for International Development in Vietnam, United Nations Development Program (UNDP), Shimizu Corporation (Japan), Innovation Fund (VinGroup), and UNESCO-sponsored International Center for Mathematical Research and Training (Institute of Mathematics, Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology).
Ribbon cutting ceremony to open the exhibition
Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, VAVA Chairman, gave a speech at the opening of the exhibition
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Senior Lieutenant General Nguyen Van Rinh, former member of the Party Central Committee, former Deputy Minister of National Defense, and VAVA Chairman, said that the exhibition is a social political activity of profound and practical humanistic significance to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Invalids and Martyrs' Day, the 60th anniversary of the Agent Orange/dioxin disaster in Vietnam (August 10, 1961 - August 10, 2021). The exhibition features a variety of documents and simulation models of artifacts displayed and introduced directly at the Vietnam Military History Museum and virtually displayed on the website Trienlamdacam.vn.
The International Center for Mathematical Research and Training, the Institute of Mathematics under the Vietnam Academy of Science and Technology, has built a model to simulate the spread of dioxin in the Bien Hoa - Dong Nai airport area with the following objectives: first, to orient and forecast the spread of dioxin from Bien Hoa airport to surrounding areas, contributing to the development of appropriate treatment solutions; and second, to introduce simulation results at the exhibition "Agent Orange/dioxin disaster – a look back over 60 years".
Based on the collected documents on dioxin at the Bien Hoa airport area, and the results from the projects that have been carried out in the area, the thesis will analyze the movement of toxic substances over time and space to predict the tendency of poison to spread. At the same time, based on documents on topography, geomorphology, geology, network of rivers, lakes, ponds, surface flows, underground flows, climatic and weather factors, it will forecast the spread of dioxin, develop some spread scenarios, build simulation models, including model of substances spread - round diffuser model (RD), multi-agent model integrating RD model with topographic and geological factors, integrating 3D model on computer and desk model.
Some pictures at the exhibition
The exhibition displays about 150 images and a number of videos and clips with the following themes: Disaster and the pain of Agent Orange; overcoming of the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin; the hands of love and the journey to justice; international cooperation in overcoming the consequences of toxic chemicals and overcoming difficulties, with the desire to help people, and soldiers nationwide, overseas Vietnamese and international friends to better understand the consequences of toxic chemicals left after the war in Vietnam, the efforts of the Party, State, army, VAVA, and other authorities outside the Ministry of National Defense, and the joint effort of the Government and international organizations in overcoming the consequences of Agent Orange/dioxin to humans and the environment.
The exhibition is also a call for domestic and international organizations and individuals to continue working together and focusing more resources on overcoming the consequences of toxic chemicals after the war in Vietnam; helping Agent Orange/dioxin victims overcome both physical and mental difficulties in the current conditions, especially in the context of the complicated COVID-19 pandemic that greatly affects the economy and life of the people.
The exhibition lasts from July 13, 2021 to August 12, 2021 at the Vietnam Military History Museum, and from July 13, 2021 to December 31, 2021 on the virtual exhibition.
Translated by Phuong Huyen
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