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World heart day 2014: Salt reduction saves lives

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photoHanoi, 29 September 2014 - On World Heart Day (29 September), the World Health Organization (WHO) is calling on Viet Nam to take action on the overuse of salt by implementing WHO’s sodium reduction measures to cut the number of people experiencing heart disease and stroke and save lives.

The main source of sodium in our diet is salt. It can come from sodium glutamate, used as a condiment in many parts of the world.

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Viet Nam needs reform mobility policy to increase climate change resilience, UN

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climage and migrationHa Noi, 24 September 2014 - 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. The paper’s subtitle Reducing exposure and vulnerabilities to climatic extremes and stresses through spontaneous and guided migration shows that it explores the linkages between climatic changes, migration and resettlement in Viet Nam, and relevant policies.

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Strengthening gender equality and enhancing women and girls' empowerment are key to effectively addressing the imbalance of Sex Ratio at Birth

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Launch of the National Campaign "Join hands to address the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance"

IMG 2737 resizedHA NOI, 23 September 2014 – The imbalance of the Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) is an increasing concern in some Asian countries, where about 117 million women and girls are reported as “missing”. In Viet Nam, the SRB rose from 106.2 boys per 100 girls in 2000 to 113.8 boys per 100 girls in 2013, and it is expected that this sharp trend continues. If no interventions are undertaken, it is estimated that by 2050, Viet Nam will be confronted with a scenario of a surplus  of around 2.3 to 4.3 million men who will not be able to find a wife. There is ample evidence in Asia and in Viet Nam to show that the SRB imbalance is largely caused by gender-biased sex selection, which is driven in turn by deep-rooted cultural norms favouring sons and placing lower values on girls. Such deep-rooted traditions place huge pressures on women to produce sons, which ultimately affects their overall social economic status as well as their sexual and reproductive lives, with implications for their health and survival.

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CSR calendar forum on consumers’ issues winning consumers’ trust and enterprises’ credibility for sustainable domestic market

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Ha Noi, 15th September 2014 – Enterprises will have direct dialogue with national and international experts sharing experience on winning consumers' trust and boosting enterprises' credibility for sustainable domestic market. How to make more and more Vietnamese select and trust local products? How enterprises survive in harsh competitive retail market? How to build a domestic market where consumers trust producers and producers and retailers are trustful?

Those issues will be discussed during the CSR Calendar Forum on Consumer Issues on 17 September 2014 in Hanoi in course of the newly started project "From Global Compact to Local Impact! - Promotion of Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) among Vietnamese Business Community for Sustainable Consumption and Production (SCP)". This project is a joint initiative of the Office for Business Sustainable Development (SDforB) at the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and is funded by the UN One Plan Fund (OPF). The project also aims for synergies with the EU funded Switch Asia policy module on the development of a national SCP action plan lead by UNEP as well as with the UN Global Compact Vietnam Network under VCCI-SDforB.

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