With the agreement of the Party Central Committee’s External Relations Committee, the Viet Nam Women’s Union in collaboration with the Viet Nam  Association for Intellectual Women will hold the  INWES- APNN 2018 Conference  in Hanoi from 18 to 20 October 2018 with the participation of 300 delegates or so, including about 60 international delegates from 16 countries and territories, 40 international participants/guests   in Viet Nam and 200   Vietnamese delegates who  are female scientists, researchers and lecturers from research institutes, universities, ministries and branches nationwide.


On 18/10/2018, there will be an annual APNN meeting, where representatives of  APNN members will present their country report on the activities of their association/organization in the past year up to now. They will discuss, make recommendations to strengthen cooperation among the members of the APNN in the coming time. Currently, the APNN consists of 13 members from 13 countries and territory, i.e. Australia, Bangladesh, India, Japan, South Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Nepal, New Zealand, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Taiwan  and Vietnam. APNN is the Asia-Pacific Network of International Women Engineers and Scientists Network, a UNESCO partner, established in 2011, with a membership of  up to 250,000. In addition to APNN, INWES also has two more regional networks which are  INWES-Europe (European region) and INWES-Africa (African region). Participating in the INWES-APNN network, members have the opportunity to collaborate in research, share experiences and exchange  common concerned  issues, projects and initiatives to serve the development of each member. With the theme “Women Scientists for Sustainable Development in the Digital Age”, the international and Vietnamese participants will have the opportunity to exchange information, share experiences and make recommendations on hot issues for each country, region and the world.


In the morning of October 19th 2018, three thematic workshops will be held simultaneously with the themes: (i) Gender and Gender Equality in Science and Technology; (ii) Food Safety and Nutrition; (iii) Natural Disaster Risk Management and Climate Change Adaptation.


At the end of the Conference, the Hanoi Declaration  is expected to address the concerns that we are facing such as  gender equality, climate change, environment, sustainable  as well as regional cooperation,  put forward the  proposals in the area of scientific research, information sharing , training and  supporting women on boards, promoting gender equality, especially in science and technology.


On  October 20th 2018, delegates will visit Trang An (Ninh Binh),  the World Cultural and Natural Heritage.