The U.S.-Vietnam Dialogue and Exchange Initiative on Agent Orange/Dioxin is an initiative of prominent private citizens, scientists and policy-makers on both sides, working on issues that the two governments have found difficult to address. Specifically, its role has been to call attention to the need for five key actions to address the legacy of Agent Orange in Vietnam, undertaken in a humanitarian spirit:
- to establish treatment and education centers for Vietnamese with disabilities;
- cooperate with the U.S. and Vietnamese governments to contain and clean up dioxin, beginning at three priority airport “hot spots”;
- set up a modern dioxin testing laboratory in Vietnam;
- foster programs for training of trainers in restoration and management of damaged landscapes;
- and educate the U.S. public on the issues.
Since its founding in 2007, the Dialogue Group has made significant headway in addressing these issues, and recently released a Declaration and Plan of Action with a 10-year plan to end the legacy. This recent progress has created a window of opportunity for the U.S. to intensify its effort in a shared commitment to reduce the public health impact in Vietnam.
Convened by: Susan V. Berresford, former President, the Ford Foundation.
Members from the United States:
Walter Isaacson, American Co-Chair; President & CEO, The Aspen Institute.
Christine Todd Whitman, President, Whitman Strategy Group.
William Mayer, President & CEO, Park Avenue Equity Partners.
Mary Dolan-Hogrefe, Vice President and Senior Advisor, National Organization on Disability.
Dr. Vaughan Turekian, Chief International Officer, American Association for the Advancement of Science.
Members from Vietnam:
Ambassdor Ngo Quang Xuan, Vietnamese Co-Chair; Vice Chair, Foreign Affairs Committee, National Assembly.
Professor Vo Quy, Center for Natural Resources & Environmental Studies, Vietnam National University.
Dr. Nguyen Thi Ngoc Phuong, Chief, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Medical University of Ho Chi Minh City.
Do Hoang Long, Director, People to People Relations Department, Party External Relations Committee.
Lt. General Phung Khac Dang, Vice President, Vietnam Veterans Association.