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  • 22 Jan 2015
    Government is setting up the “Viet Nam Panel on Climate Change” and releasing the “Viet Nam Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation”

    Today the Government of Viet Nam is organising a conference on the establishment of the Viet Nam Panel on Climate Change (VPCC), including the country’s leading scientists on climate change impacts and climate change adaptation as well as mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions. The conference also announced the “Viet Nam Special Report on Managing the Risks of Extreme Events and Disasters to Advance Climate Change Adaptation (SREX Viet Nam)”. This is the first major collaborative scientific analysis on climate change by Vietnamese researchers.

  • 21 Jan 2015
    New partnership to accelerate green growth in Vietnam

    Viet Nam’s efforts to accelerate green growth were boosted today with the launch of a new joint project in the framework of MPI, UNDP and USAID partnership to advance Vietnam’s Green Growth Strategy. At the launching ceremony of the new 4-year US$4.128 million initiative, Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, was joined by the UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, Ms. Pratibha Mehta and the US Ambassador to Viet Nam, Mr. Ted Osius.

  • 16 Dec 2014
    Ho Chi Minh city takes lead in applying new poverty measures to design better-targeted policies

    A seminar today highlighted the value of Multi-dimensional Poverty (MDP) methods to the governance and delivery of public services. Representatives from Ho Chi Minh City’s authorities, the central government and the National Assembly gathered in the City to discuss plans to implement the MDP in the City and useful lessons for the National MDP process. The seminar on Multidimensional Poverty Measurement in Ho Chi Minh City was jointly hosted by the City’s Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction and Improved Household Livelihoods and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), in collaboration with the Oxford Poverty & Human Development Initiative (OPHI).

  • 10 Dec 2014
    Human rights day marked with discussion on role of National Assembly

    UNDP and the National Assembly observed Human Rights Day today by discussing the first ever legal review of the new provisions in the 2013 Constitution. Today’s discussion also covered the international conventions on human rights to which Viet Nam is a party, as well as the role of the National Assembly in human rights promotion and protection.

  • 12 Nov 2014
    UN Pledging Conference sees new funds announced for fight against poverty

    26 UN Member States have pledged approximately US$ 650 million to go towards UN development work, mostly for 2015, with US$97 million destined for the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 22 Oct 2014
    Second Legal Policy Dialogue in 2014: “Amending the Penal Code: A step towards the implementation of the 2013 Constitution”

    “Amending the Penal Code: A step towards the implementation of the 2013 Constitution” topped the agenda of 2014’s second Legal Policy Dialogue today in Ha Noi. Representatives of National Assembly committees, the Ministry of Justice, social organizations and UNDP in Viet Nam attended the Dialogue.

  • 21 Oct 2014
    Dioxin contamination in Bien Hoa Airbase - Status and plan for future work

    The curent status of dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airbase, one of the three dioxin hotspots in Viet Nam, and the plan for further action were shared at a workshop in Bien Hoa today conducted by the Office of National Steering Committee 33 and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 21 Oct 2014
    Viet Nam hosts 5th UN-REDD Regional Lessons Learned Workshop

    (NFMS) and Reference Levels (RELs) for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) were the focus of a workshop hosted in Ha Noi by the UN-REDD Programme in collaboration with the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST). The workshop lasts from 20 to 22 October 2014.

  • 08 Oct 2014
    Accelerating MDGs implementation in ethnic minority areas

    Today, with only 450 days left to reach the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), key representatives in National Assembly, Government, academia and development partners gathered in Ha Noi to discuss key “bottlenecks” that are hindering MDGs progress in ethnic minority areas and suggest solutions to accelerate the progress.

  • 24 Sep 2014
    Viet Nam needs reform mobility policy to increase climate change resilience, UN

    To increase climate resilience and create opportunities for continued poverty reduction and sustained human development, Viet Nam must further strengthen resettlement programmes and eliminate restrictions on and disincentives for the mobility of people. This is the core premise of a UN policy discussion paper on Migration, Resettlement and Climate Change presented at a workshop in Ha Noi today.

  • 11 Sep 2014
    Global report calls for universal basic social services and protection

    Persistent vulnerability threatens human development, and unless it is systematically tackled by policies and social norms, progress will be neither equitable nor sustainable, says the 2014 Human Development Report (HDR) presented in Viet Nam today by the UN Development Programme in collaboration with the Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences.

  • 18 Aug 2014
    ASEAN climate change negotiators to enhance their capacity

    Vietnamese and ASEAN climate change negotiators will deepen their strategic understanding of possible outcomes of the 21st Conference of Parties on Climate Change to be held in Paris in 2015 (COP 21).

  • 02 Aug 2014
    New report highlights issues faced by LGBT persons in Viet Nam

    Today, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), in partnership with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), released the first-ever comprehensive report on the legal and social circumstances faced by lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) persons and the civil society organizations that work for LGBT rights in Vietnam. The release coincides with the third annual Viet Pride campaign being celebrated in Hanoi, August 1 -3,under the theme ‘Together.’

  • 27 Jun 2014
    More than 900 ethnic minority households in Muong Lat District escape from poverty

    More than 900 ethnic minority households in Viet Nam’s central coastal province of Thanh Hoa have escaped poverty and had their lives enriched thanks to a UNDP-backed project to recover a traditional occupation and use of a natural resource for application in a wide range of industries.

  • 18 Jun 2014
    Fossil fuel subsidies need to be phased out

  • 19 May 2014
    Cultural understandings of development processes key to lifting ethnic minorities from poverty

    Today’s forum on how to further reduce poverty among ethnic minority people in Viet Nam highlighted the need to empower people and develop culturally-appropriate understandings of development processes.

  • 03 Apr 2014
    10th Legal Partnership Forum discusses implementation of the new Constitution 2013

    “Implementation of the new Constitution 2013 in the process of legal and judicial reform in Viet Nam” topped the agenda of the 10th Legal Partnership Forum held today by the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 02 Apr 2014
    Largest governance performance survey of citizens in Viet Nam reveals differences in citizen experiences within provinces

    The results of the 2013 nationwide local governance survey launched today reveals that women, the poor, ethnic minorities and those without governance connections are less satisfied than fellow citizens with the quality of local governance, even within the same district or village.

  • 24 Mar 2014
    UNDP Chief: Inclusion and sustainability key to development progress

    “In considering its next generation of reforms, Viet Nam can opt for an inclusive and sustainable development pathway,” said UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark in her keynote address at an international conference sharing international experience and lessons for Viet Nam.

  • 19 Mar 2014
    UNDP Administrator trip to Viet Nam to focus on issues facing Viet Nam as Middle-Income Country

    United Nations Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark will visit Viet Nam from 21-24 March to see firsthand the challenges facing Viet Nam in its transitions to a Middle-Income Country, including the remaining poverty and emerging inequality, and to promote strategic intervention towards structural reforms and reorientation of Viet Nam’s economic growth to a more sustainable and inclusive path.