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ASEAN climate change negotiators to enhance their capacity

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Ha Noi 18 August 2014 - 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).

Climate change negotiators in the region are attending a workshop in Ha Noi on 19-21 August to strengthen their capacity for engaging in international climate negotiations. They will be exposed to international climate policy development under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. They will also learn the available negotiation space with regards to the most critical issues ahead of a new global climate agreement by 2015.

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Conference on Policy Direction of Population and Development in Viet Nam

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In order to address the challenges on population issue, it's necessary to adjust the population law and policies in the coming years to meet the needs of the new contextIn order to address the challenges on population issue, it's necessary to adjust the population law and policies in the coming years to meet the needs of the new context.Ha Noi, 15 August 2014 – Viet Nam has achieved middle-income country status in 2010 and has continued to sustain impressive growth rates, as a result, is on track to achieve most of the MDG targets by 2015. However, wide disparities between urban and rural areas, among geographical areas, and population groups still exist.

Data from the 2009 census and other population based surveys show that Viet Nam has made impressive progress in achieving its population goals. The average Vietnamese woman now gets just two children in her lifetime. That means that Viet Nam has reached replacement level fertility, many years earlier than the Politburo's target set in the Resolution 47-NQ/TW on "Strengthening the implementation of the population and family planning policies" issued on 22 March 2005. Reductions in maternal and child mortality have been also impressive. However, progress made at the national level also masks disparities at the sub-national level. Inequalities and disparities have been increasing and are accompanied by new forms of poverty and vulnerability that will require greater attention in the coming years.

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Support to Reform and Innovation in Viet Nam’s social assistance program

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sassp pr_300The focus of reforms is to strengthen the social assistance service delivery system by reducing the fragmentation of services, improving targeting through building a strong database on recipients, and adopting more efficient delivery mechanisms. Particular emphasis is placed on ensuring that poor children get the assistance needed to help achieve their full potential and hence break the intergenerational transmission of poverty.

Hanoi, August 7, 2014 – The Viet Nam Social Assistance System Strengthening Project was officially launched today, with the goal of developing and piloting innovations in management and service delivery in four provinces in north, central and south Viet Nam as a dirst step towards nationwide implementation. According to Vice Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Nguyen Trong Dam “Despite being a poor country, the Government of Viet nam has continuously issued new social assistance policies to enable the country to achieve the MDGs, including the goal of reducing poverty. However, there exist too many social assistance policies, creating a huge burden on management systems and difficulties for beneficiaries, leading to low uptake. The current management system has not kept pace with the speed of Viet Nam’s development. Our objective therefore is to build a consolidated and modernized social assistance system which lays the foundation for delivery of social assistance in the long term.

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First workshop for new UN Joint Programme to support rural communities

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fao inception_ws6 August 2014, Ha Noi – The Inception workshop for a new initiative to address the needs of rural communities was launched in Ha Noi today.

The three-year joint programme will provide "Support to the National Target Programme on the New Rural Development". It will help the Government of Viet Nam improve incomes, livelihoods and living standards of rural people. Expected outcomes include working for a more supportive policy environment, improving State management performance, and transferring of new technologies.

Opening the workshop, FAO Representative in Viet Nam Mr. Jong Ha Bae stressed the programme's significance. "FAO and the participating UN agencies will deploy all their efforts to deliver this UN joint programme and reach its established goals of promoting sustainable development in Viet Nam as a lower middle-income country,"

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