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Ministry of Justice shows commitment to address violence against women through strengthening the criminal justice system with UN Women’s support

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30Oct2014-UN-womenHa Noi, 30 October 2014 – Ministry of Justice and UN Women today signed a Letter of Agreement on a project to strengthening justice system through capacity building and legal review in relation to violence against women in Hanoi.

Ms. Dang Hoang Oanh, Director of Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Justice (MOJ) and Ms. Shoko Ishikawa, UN Women Country Representative signed the Letter of Agreement on behalf of their organizations. The signing ceremony gathered about 30 participants from the Department of Criminal and Administrative Laws, the Judicial Academy, the Department of General Affairs in Legal Development, the Department of International Law, The Ministry's Office, The Department of Organisation and Personnel and the Department of International Cooperation and UN Women staffs.

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Second Legal Policy Dialogue in 2014: “Amending the Penal Code: A step towards the implementation of the 2013 Constitution”

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 MG 0140Ha Noi, 22 October 2014 – “Amending the Penal Code: A step towards the implementation of the 2013 Constitution” topped the agenda of 2014’s second Legal Policy Dialogue today in Ha Noi. Representatives of National Assembly committees, the Ministry of Justice, social organizations and UNDP in Viet Nam attended the Dialogue.

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Viet Nam hosts 5th UN-REDD Regional Lessons Learned Workshop

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 DSC0262 unredd21 October 2014 - National Forest Monitoring Systems (NFMS) and Reference Levels (RELs) for Reducing Emissions from Deforestation and Forest Degradation (REDD+) were the focus of a workshop hosted in Ha Noi by the UN-REDD Programme in collaboration with the Viet Nam Administration of Forestry (VNFOREST). The workshop lasts from 20 to 22 October 2014.

UN-REDD Regional Lessons Learned Workshop for Asia and the Pacific, provided an opportunity for information exchange and joint learning across countries in the region. Experts from the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) and other institutions based throughout the region shared the latest international guidance and technological advice on NFMS and RELs.

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Dioxin contamination in Bien Hoa Airbase - Status and plan for future work

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DSC 0048 editedBien Hoa, 21 October 2014 - The curent status of dioxin contamination at Bien Hoa airbase, one of the three dioxin hotspots in Viet Nam, and the plan for further action were shared at a workshop in Bien Hoa today conducted by the Office of National Steering Committee 33 and the UN Development Programme (UNDP).

With the current estimated amount of dioxin contaminated soil in Bien Hoa (250,000 cubic meters with dioxin concentration levels are as high as 1,180,000 ppt), at least US$ 250 million will be needed to complete the environmental clean up.

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