UNDP in the News

  • Viet Nam prepares for business

    There was high excitement in the classroom of Tower 3 on the central London campus of the London School of Economics and Political Science recently when 27 students, divided into groups, acted out their roles as directors of five fishing companies. Their backstory had been to work together to make as much money as possible, but having failed to agree on fishing quotas, four years later all five companies were losing money.

  • Reciprocate rural migrants with improved social services

    With support from UNDP, Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh city recently conducted an ‘urban poverty survey’ which compared the quality of life for permanent urban residents to that of migrants from surrounding rural areas. The findings indicate that while migrants have managed to improve their income, their living conditions and access to social services pale in comparison to those of native city dwellers.

  • Visitors seek vanishing beauty of Con Dao

    Mother Nature has been unduly kind to Con Dao, even if mankind hasn't. The archipelago epitomises picture-postcard prettiness – soft white sand, aquamarine seas, virgin mangrove forests, coral reefs to die for, real-life mermaids that sing like sea nymphs.

  • Islands unto themselves

    The 16-island archipelago of Con Dao, located about 180km south of the southern beach town of Vung Tau, contains perhaps Vietnam’s most beautiful coral reefs and pristine beaches, not to mention rare marine species like the green turtle. To steer free of the usual tourism pitfalls, a US$1.8 million three-year project funded by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and Global Environment Facility (GEF) began implementation in 2006.

  • Vietnam's Mekong paddies dry up

    The rivers that should nourish his thirsty rice paddies are too salty, and the rains are late this year. Dang Roi does not know if he will be able to salvage anything from this spring's crop.

  • UN in $5m Agent Orange cleanup for Viet Nam

    The United Nations on Monday announced a five-million-dollar project to clean up wartime contamination in Vietnam from Agent Orange sprayed by the US military, but said much more money was needed.

  • VietNamNet, UNDP launch online survey on administrative procedures

    On June 8 VietNamNet and UNDP Vietnam launched the first-ever online public poll on Vietnamese citizens’ views of and experiences with public administrative procedures (invalid link: www.hienkecchc.vnwww.hienkecchc.vn). The survey, which will be active for three months, aims to support the ongoing Government efforts to enhance public administration reform and simplification of administrative procedures.

  • Cash for Work: Asia's answer to multiple crises

    Mongolian herders and rural Indians, tow seemingly disparate peoples, could bring valuable insights to this week's World Economic Forum on East Asia. Both groups have suffered from multiple crises and both are climbing theif way out through innovative schemes that offer a hand up instead of a hand out.

  • Education corruption needs to be fought

    The international community is urging Viet Nam to intensify its crack-down on education sector corruption. "Corruption, including corruption in the education sector, is a systematic problem in Viet Nam and we look forwards to seeing a prioritization of issues to be addressed," said John Hendra, United Nations resident coordinator for Viet Nam.

  • “Viet Nam should launch a national action plan on de-mining soon”: UNDP Deputy Director

    To mark the global Day for Raising Awareness about Landmines and De-mining Action (April 4th), Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam had a talk with Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) newspaper regarding the problem of leftover landmines in Viet Nam from the war, and gave recommendations to solve the problem. Landmines and unexploded ordnance remaining after the war is a significant threat to people and creates many difficulties for efforts to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, as well as economic development in affected countries.