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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Greening the Power Mix: Policies for Expanding Solar Photovoltaic Electricity in Viet Nam

Date added: 05/24/2016
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Greening the Power Mix: Policies for Expanding Solar Photovoltaic Electricity in Viet Nam


These policies set the framework for major reductions in future greenhouse gas emissions in Viet Nam, which helps reducing the threat of dangerous global climate change.

This policy discussion paper addresses how Viet Nam can achieve the targets in these policies by internalising the costs of coal-based power to people, the environment and the economy, and by stimulating the development of solar photovoltaic power generation.

In addition, the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, also in 2015. Viet Nam has actively supported the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals and intends to achieve them at the national level.

This paper shows that renewable energy, and in particular solar photovoltaic power generation can play a key role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7, “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, which is important especially for the remotest and poorest Vietnamese communities and households who do not yet benefit from regular access to electricity. Achieving this will help children to study better, productivity to go up, and poverty to be eliminated.

This paper is based on research by many national and international experts, and has benefitted from several dialogues with policy makers, businesses, and development partners.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNIDO Publications

Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/15/2012
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Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam


Green Industry is a sectoral strategy for achieving Green Economy and Green Growth in the manufacturing and related productive sectors. It assures the security of natural resources by alleviating the pressure on already-scarce resources such as water, materials and fuels, contributes to mitigation and adaptation to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy and non-energy sources and at the enterprise-level, better environmental management and industrial and chemical safety. However, beyond this, achieving Green Industry is much more than just a question of environmental sustainability. It unlocks many more additional development opportunities, as a driver of competitiveness and sustainable business as enterprises improve their resource productivity and environmental performance. While also a catalyst for technological innovation, Green Industry is not just a new paradigm for industrial development, it also offers “triple bottom-line” benefits, serving as a clear strategy with defined pathways for achieving sustainable development.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Sustainable Development - Joint UN Publications

Sustainable Energy for All Factsheet

Date added: 06/11/2012
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Sustainable Energy for All Factsheet


Rapid economic growth and industrial expansion based on low cost energy has led to intensive use of energy and other resources in Viet Nam. A development path with high resource intensity exposes the economy to significant risks in an increasingly resource constrained global economy, and produces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change and waste that pollutes the environment.

Reducing the use of scarce resources through measures such as energy efficiency is critical to meeting future energy demand in a growing economy. It also provides an opportunity for a more sustainable development path by creating jobs, reducing environmental impacts, saving money and fostering economic growth.




1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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