UNDP in the News

  • Vietnam: Sea-level rise could "displace millions"

    For centuries, residents around Can Tho, a city of 1.1m people in southern Vietnam, just 0.8m above sea level, have depended on flood cycles to grow crops. However, experts warn there is a possibility that sea levels will rise in the delta region around Can Tho due to climate change, causing devastating floods that will displace millions and destroy those crops.

  • UN: Inflation created new poor

    Viet Nam passes resolution creating targeted poverty reduction program It seemed like an odd request when a province in the world's second largest rice producer petitioned the central government for rice subsidies to tackle hunger. On May 5, the Thanh Hoa Province People's Committee asked the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs for 2,048 tons of rice to support more than 70,000 hungry households.

  • HCM City's poverty rate exceeds Ha Noi, despite higher incomes

    There are far more poor people in HCM City than in Ha Noi when a multi-dimensional poverty approach is adopted, despite higher average incomes in the southern city. The 2009 Urban Poverty Survey, which was launched in Ha Noi yesterday, shows a higher poverty rate in HCM City in seven out of eight measures of poverty, including social welfare, education, health, housing, housing area and quality, participation in social activities and security.

  • Ethnic minority poverty target of new strategy

    Sustainable poverty reduction for ethnic and mountainous areas should be an important task for the 2011-15 period, attendants at a conference in Ha Noi were told on Friday. The function, held by the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam, was aimed at recommending ways of reducing poverty.

  • Land procedures flummox populace, survey says

    Land procedures flummox populace, survey says Bureaucratic procedures related to land title have been highlighted as the most frustrating, a recent survey found. In order to increase public satisfaction with administrative efficiency, the report’s authors claimed that the country needs to initiate a mass reform of its civil servants. They have further called for greater transparency in the administrative procedures, according to an online survey jointly-conducted by VietNamNet news website and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

  • Red tape still a major headache: Poll

    A survey released yesterday showed that a large number of people still believe administrative procedures require too much paperwork and that personal connections play a large part in completing procedures. Nearly half of respondents said they found land-use rights related procedures the most annoying, said Jairo Acuna-Alfaro, UNDP policy advisor on public administration reform and anti-corruption.

  • Little progress seen at UN climate change talks

    Delegates from more than 170 countries are meeting in China in an effort to end the gridlock that has plagued the UN climate negotiations since the failure of world leaders to achieve a binding agreement at last year’s summit in Copenhagen. Koos Neefjes, UNDP climate change advisor, said that this is the last talk before a major UN climate change summit which will begin this November in Cancun, Mexico.

  • 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.