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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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Implementation of Eco-Industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Viet Nam

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unido inception_ws_panelHa Noi, 17 October 2014 – The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) have officially launched the Project "Implementation of Eco-Industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Vietnam" with a total non-refundable aid of USD 4,554,000 from the Global Environment Fund (GEF), the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO) and UNIDO.

Over the recent years the system of economic zones (EZs) has positively contributed to socio-economic development of Viet Nam. The development of EZs at high speed has caused a number of challenges to the environment, requiring the establishment of a new development model which is more sustainable and friendly towards the eco-environment and its surrounding communities. In an effort to convert the existing EZs into eco-industrial zones to concretize the National Strategy on Green Growth, on 28 August 2014, the Prime Minister approved the Project "Implementation of Eco-Industrial Park Initiative for Sustainable Industrial Zones in Vietnam" in his Decision 1526/QĐ-TTg with an aim to promote the transfer, application, and dissemination of technologies and cleaner production methods so as to minimize hazardous waste, greenhouse gas emission as well as water pollutants and to properly manage chemicals in industrial zones of Viet Nam. The project will be implemented over a period of 36 months in the cities/provinces of Ha Noi, Ninh Binh, Da Nang, and Can Tho.

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