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From Millennium Development Goals to Sustainable Development Goals: Building on Viet Nam’s Success for the Post-2015 Development Agenda

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VN 7360Ha Noi 17 April 2015 –  The future direction of the global post 2105 development agenda and its implications for Viet Nam were discussed today at a high level seminar with the Prime Minister of Norway - H.E. Ms. Erna Solberg and the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam - H.E. Mr. Vu Duc Dam.

2015 is an important year for setting the future global development agenda and its financing. It marks the completion of the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) framework, which for the past 15 years has unified countries around the world in closing the most pressing development gaps and deprivations.

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Reforms in governance at slow pace: latest survey

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VN photo 2Ha Noi, 14 April 2015 – The 2014 PAPI Report released today shows that over the past four years there have only been insignificant improvements in the six governance dimensions that the survey measures.

Out of the six dimensions, the one that has dropped the most is Participation at Local Levels, where three out of four sub-dimensions declined in scores. For example, village head elections are largely symbolic, with practices such as having fewer than two candidates to choose from and candidates being suggested by the authorities becoming common.  

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National Assembly Vice-Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan discusses institutional reform as part of the Viet Nam Executive Leadership Program

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photoViet Nam Executive Leadership Programme (VELP) has engaged 100 high-ranking officials in policy discussions with leading international experts Cambridge, USA, 13 April 2015 – A delegation of Vietnamese ministerial officials from various legislative, executive and judicial state institutions led by National Assembly Vice-Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan today started a week-long policy discussion with Harvard and other international scholars as part of the Viet Nam Executive Leadership Programme (VELP) supported by UNDP.

VELP provides a forum for senior Vietnamese policymakers and executives to engage in structured, research-based discussions on key policy challenges confronting Viet Nam with prominent international scholars and business leaders. VELP targets officials responsible for translating strategic-level national objectives into actionable policies. This year’s VELP delegation is especially noteworthy, as it is led by a prominent female leader for the first time.

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Development of livestock policy analysis and monitoring system in Viet Nam

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LivestockWSHa Noi, 13 April 2015 - An inception workshop today in Ha Noi has kicked-off a FAO-supported project to develop a well-functioning livestock monitoring system in Viet Nam.

The project "Development of a livestock policy analysis and monitoring system in Vietnam", also supported by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), will run from 2015-2016 with technical and financial assistance from FAO to set up and run a well-functioning livestock monitoring system to provide useful inputs to policy-makers.

"The FAO-MARD project will also contribute to a larger goal within FAO's strategic framework to end poverty and hunger," said Mr. JongHa Bae, FAO Representative in Viet Nam.

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