UNDP in the News

  • Old growth model may not work for VN: Economic Policy Expert

    Dr. Michaela Prokop, Policy Advisor in Economics under the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) in Vietnam, shared her personal observations on the local economy with Tuoi Tre.

  • Vietnam continues with very active role within UN

    VietNamNet Bridge – Vietnam continues to play a very active role within the United Nations, Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam has said in a recent exclusive interview with the Vietnam News Agency.

  • Recognise the strength of women and girls in reducing disaster risks

    October 13 marks the UN International Day for Disaster Reduction and the ASEAN Day for Disaster Management. Across Vietnam and around the world, events are being held to raise awareness of the need to reduce the risks disasters pose and create safe communities, cities and countries.

  • Hydropower lucre hides major fault lines

    The controversy over the flawed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) done for the Song Tranh Dam, now blamed for causing many tremors and quakes in the central province of Quang Nam since last November, has exposed major problems in the assessment and approval process of such projects.

  • Efficient lights brighten prospects in climate-threatened Vietnam

    Until recently, when teacher Nguyen Thi Thu Ha wrote something on the blackboard of her dimly lit classroom, her students would immediately consult their classmates to see if anyone could read it. “They used to have to turn to their neighbour and ask, ‘What is it?’” remembers the fourth grade teacher, who battled to keep noise levels down.

  • Confab discusses disaster readiness

    Viet Nam needs a more comprehensive legal framework on natural disaster risk management, a conference heard yesterday. Speaking at the launch in Ha Noi of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Programme's deputy country director Barnaby Jones said that disasters, such as the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and floods in Pakistan, had continued to affect the lives of millions of people around the world.

  • Report indicates widening income gap

    The gap between Viet Nam's rich and poor widened 9.2 times last year, according to recent General Statistics Office data. The agency's 2010 Survey on Household Living Conditions reported that the personal average income among the rich came to VND3.4 million ($US165) while the number was VND369,000 ($18) among the poor.

  • Vietnam's rice bowl threatened by rising seas

    Climate change is turning rivers of Mekong Delta salty, spelling disaster for millions of poor farmers

  • Poverty: destiny pre-decided or inadequate policies?

    Saigon Economic Times talks with Nguyen Tien Phong - UNDP expert on poverty on the existing gap between the rich and the poor and its policy implications. According to Mr. Phong, inequalities in Viet Nam are growing fast, especially between the richest and the poorest groups.

  • Inclusive growth critical in work to reduce entrenced poverty

    Viet Nam News spoke with UN Development Programme (UNDP) country director Setsuko Yamazaki about poverty trends and policy implications for achieving equitable growth. Viet Nam has achieved remarkable progress in poverty reduction, reducing the rate from 56 per cent in 1995 to 10 per cent in 2010.