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Renewable energy - Viet Nam’s power future

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Energy GOUNHSolar photovoltaic rooftop installations at the Green One UN House. Taken by: Jakub JakHa Noi, 24 May 2016 – The Viet Nam’s renewable energy has tremendous potential. Right national policies and incentives would enable and encourage large investments to fully maximize and deliver on the promise and co-benefits of renewable energy.

This was agreed by participants in a workshop on renewable energy development in Viet Nam, organized by the General Department of Energy under the Ministry of Industry and Trade, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

During the workshop, Mr Pham Trong Thuc, Director of Renewable Energy Department under the General Department of Energy, presented the Renewable Energy Development Strategy, which aims to achieve 32.3 percent of the renewable energy share in total primary energy consumption by 2030 and to enable Viet Nam reduce greenhouse gas emission (as co-benefit) by 25 percent in 2030. Most of households will have access to modern, sustainable and reliable energy services with reasonable prices in 2030.


Women hold key to addressing disaster risks

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DSC 0839Ha Noi, 16-18 May 2016 – The vital role of women in reducing the risk of disasters is being highlighted in a regional conference that opened today in Ha Noi. Experts from 22 countries have gathered to call for urgent action to promote gender equality in disaster risk reduction programmes and policies, particularly in implementing the Sendai Framework for Action on Disaster Risk Reduction.

As the most vulnerable region with seven out of the world's 15 most 'at risk' countries, Asia-Pacific is particularly susceptible to the growing impacts of climate change. Whilst disasters do not discriminate, their impacts affect men and women differently. Globally, women and children are 14 times more likely to die or be injured during a disaster than men. Systematic discrimination of women not only contributes to higher mortality rates, but also compromises their overall resilience and ability to respond. Although women often face more severe impacts, they also hold the key to minimize disaster-related risks. Experience from many countries shows that women play a vital role in reducing disaster risk and adapting to climate change, yet this often goes unrecognized.


Viet Nam appeals for US$48.5 million to respond to worsening drought

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emergency response to address the worsening El Niño droughtHa Noi, 26 April 2016 - Today the Government of Viet Nam, United Nations and partners are appealing to the international community to support a US$48.5 million emergency response plan to address the worsening El Niño drought, already affecting as many as two million people in southern and central regions.

A recent joint rapid assessment, undertaken by the Government, UN and non-governmental organizations in March estimated that in the 18 most severely affected provinces, as many as two million are without access to water and 1.1 million in need of food aid. More than 60,000 women and children are already malnourished, and as many as 1.75 million people have lost livelihoods as a result of the worsening situation.


Progress of women’s empowerment and gender equality in Viet Nam through the lens of CEDAW

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cedaw forum.jpegHa Noi, 19th April 2016 – The progress of women's empowerment and realization of gender equality through the lens of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) over the past 10 years in Viet Nam was reviewed today at a national forum held by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The event bought together over 100 participants, including Vice Minister of MOLISA, representatives from lien ministries, National Assembly, Socio-political Organizations, civil society organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as the media.




Launch of UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

The Asia-Pacific region's journey towards a successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be driven by broad-based productivity gains and further rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, says the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its latest flagship publication. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016 underlines that such a strategy will not only underpin revival of robust and resilient economic growth but will also improve the quality of this growth by making it more inclusive and sustainable.


Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction in Hanoi, Viet Nam

In light of the new framework on disaster risk reduction and changing contexts of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Women and Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR and UNDP, and with support from the Government of Japan is organizing an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction to mark one year of the adaptation of the Sendai Framework. The aim of the regional conference is to provide a forum for Governments, the civil society, the academia and UN agencies and other development partners to discuss how gender equality and women's participation can be integrated into targets, indicators and actions when developing implementation plans at regional, national and local levels.


The Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day “From The Glass Ceiling To A Carpet Of Shards”

8 March 2016 - As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.

More than a half-century later, the memory continues to haunt me. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life. Maternal mortality is one of many preventable perils. All too often, female babies are subjected to genital mutilation. Girls are attacked on their way to school. Women’s bodies are used as battlefields in wars. Widows are shunned and impoverished.


72 hours to make the world better for children with disabilities

TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is an international non-profit organization using design and technology to address neglected problems. The TOM event is an intersection between challenges and technical solutions. Participants with different backgrounds and expertise gather together for a 72-hour “makeathon” and build a product to help someone in need. TOM focuses on inclusive designs with a reasonable price for people with disabilities. In Hebrew, Tikkun Olam means changing the world; and this is TOM’s mission. (See more information about TOM at Dead

In 2016, the United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the Embassy of the State of Israel, UNICEF, Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD), FABLAB Saigon, and other partners from academia and the private sector will co-organize the TOM event in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a unique opportunity for children with disabilities and families to present their challenges, as well as share ideas of products that would help to reduce their challenges. Based on these ideas, technical teams will develop innovative solutions during a 72-hour “makeathon” to help children have a better life.


The Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day


10 December 2015 - Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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