In February 2007 concerned Vietnamese and Americans founded the U.S. – Vietnam
Dialogue Group on Agent Orange/Dioxin to help fully normalize relations between the two countries by establishing bi-nationa projects addressing problems associated with the wartime use of Agent Orange. The Dialogue Group focused on the environmental, scientific and human service challenges which Vietnam continues to face from the dioxin that contaminated Agent Orange.
Since 2007, discussion of the issue has matured from a topic of polarized views to a subject of active bilateral cooperation between the governments of Vietnam and the United States.
It has progressed from poor understanding to clarity and specificity and from no path
forward to new plans, appropriations and a larger number of actors. The two governments agree on the need for a humanitarian response. Six years ago we were discussing how to get started but now, in 2013, we are jointly examining how to deepen and spread the impact of the work and get to the end of it.
During this time the Dialogue Group has brought in new funders, contributing to a
remarkable increase in total resources for community needs spent by multilateral
institutions, governments, philanthropies and businesses in Vietnam—more than $100 million over the last six years. Of this total, $81.6 million has come from the U.S. Congress.
These U.S. government funds are now being used to clean up the dioxin at the Da Nang airport and to provide services to people living with disabilities around the Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat airbases.
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