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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Legalizing a greener future

Date added: 06/08/2015
Downloads: 3695
Legalizing a greener future

This paper gathers views by a diverse range of stakeholders, including members of National Assembly, Government leaders, business owners, experts, as well as community representatives on aspects that deserve in-depth discussion and require careful consideration for the amendment and approval of the LEP. The six issues discussed in the paper are: strategic environmental assessment and environmental impact assessment; participation of communities and civil society organizations; import of discarded materials and hazardous waste; environmental pollution disputes; trade and environment; and climate change and green growth.

Summary report on the disposal & destruction of POP pesticide contaminated soil in Nghe An & Ha Tinh

Date added: 12/08/2014
Downloads: 3142
Summary report on the disposal & destruction of POP pesticide contaminated soil in Nghe An & Ha Tinh

In this summary report on the disposal and destruction of POP pesticides, the work related to the destruction of 700-880 tonnes of POP pesticides is evaluated. This work is part of Phase 4 of the sustainable management of contaminated sites. To give a more complete overview of the phases that preceded this phase and some other important aspects, we will briefly discuss the site assessment (Phases 1 and 2) in Chapter 2. Chapter 3 provides some technical details on the remediation assessment and conceptual design, Phase 3 of the sustainable site management. The remediation management, Phase 4, which includes selecting the contractor, stakeholder involvement and the short-term risk reduction measures to remove the POP pesticides, is elaborated in Chapter 4. Chapter 5 gives a summary of the lessons learned in relation to the disposal. Chapter 6 gives a table with all relevant project documents used to write this summary report.

Environmental remediation of dioxin contaminated hotspots in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/08/2015
Downloads: 3249
Environmental remediation of dioxin contaminated hotspots in Viet Nam

The “Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Viet Nam” project was carried out in Bien Hoa (BH), Binh Dinh (BD) and Da Nang from 2010. The communication component of the project aimed to disseminate knowledge on dioxin and dioxin exposure prevention (DEP) measures to residents of local communities and was carried out in parallel with other dioxin remediation activities. This knowledge dissemination was initially done via national and international workshops in all three locations. The information presented in these workshops was targeted at both high-level government officials and international attendees. The information was largely confined to technical information about dioxin remediation, rather than information about DEP.  Therefore, a communication component (CC) for communities in the hotspots was conducted by Office 33  in four wards near the BH airbase from November 2013. This endline survey will focus on evaluating the CC, including a comparison between results achieved in BD and an initial baseline survey.

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Evaluation of dioxin project impact to environment and people

Date added: 07/08/2015
Downloads: 3242
Evaluation of dioxin project impact to environment and people

The Global Environment Facility (GEF) and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) project PIMS 3685 “Environmental Remediation of Dioxin Contaminated Hotspots in Viet Nam” (hereafter also referred to as “dioxin project”) aims to reduce or eliminate the risks to human health and ecosystems due to 2,3,7,8-Tetrachlorodibenzodioxin (TCDD) in each of three hotspot areas: Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat. Hotspots have high residual dioxin concentrations in soil, sediment and other contaminated media (such as fish tissues) due to the storage, use and spillage of Agent Orange during the US-Viet Nam war.

The project goals will be achieved through containing and remediating dioxin contamination, introducing land use practices on and around hotspots that eliminate risks of further contamination, and by fostering the technical, institutional and financial capacity of Vietnamese government counterparts to address other contamination sites beyond the identified hotspots.

This report evaluates key project activities over the past four years and the project’s impacts and benefits to the environment and local people surrounding the three main dioxin hotspots of Da Nang, Bien Hoa and Phu Cat.

Financing Viet Nam's response to climate change: Smart Investment for a Sustainable Future

Date added: 06/09/2015
Downloads: 5138
Financing Viet Nam's response to climate change: Smart Investment for a Sustainable Future

Vietnam is already experiencing and will continue to confront the serious consequences of climate change, underscoring the need for further action to safeguard Vietnam’s development gains. Not only highly populated urban areas and poor rural areas will be impacted; but key economic activities in agriculture, fisheries and other sectors, which represent important drivers of Vietnam’s job creation and poverty reduction, are also at risk. Vietnam’s rapid economic growth underpins development progress but is increasingly carbon intense, which if unmitigated puts the country on a path to become a significant emitter of greenhouse gases.

The report contributes to strengthen the initial phase of the implementation of Vietnam’s key climate change and green growth policies. It helps mainstream climate change response in the formulation of the five-year Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP) for 2016–2020, and the GoV’s state budget estimate (post-2015 climate change and green growth financing response). The review also enables the GoV to better align Vietnam’s goals and contributions with global targets and efforts, in support of Vietnam’s emerging role as an important player in regional and global discussions on climate change.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNESCO Publications

Biosphere reserves for environmental & economic security

Date added: 07/29/2014
Downloads: 4708
Biosphere reserves for environmental & economic security

 

A climate change mitigation and adaptation programme in Asia and the Pacific - Final report

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Climate Change Adaptation And Migration In The Mekong Delta Workshop report published

Date added: 06/04/2012
Downloads: 6748
Climate Change Adaptation And Migration In The Mekong Delta Workshop report published

Climate-related environmental change and associated disasters figure among the most serious challenges facing the Mekong Delta. The vulnerability of the Delta coupled with the opportunities created by rapid economic growth are generating increased migration and urbanization, as affected people move to commercial and industrial centres. As rural livelihoods are transformed by environmental change, there is growing evidence that well planned migration is a viable adaptation strategy which can increase the resilience of communities.

This report details the presentations and discussions from the workshop 'Climate Change Adaptation and Migration in the Mekong Delta' held in June 2012 which brought together climate change experts, researchers, local and international NGOs, and authorities from affected provinces to address this gap. The workshop discussed the impacts of climate change on livelihoods and the links between climate change, environmental degradation, and migration.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Climate Change - Joint UN Publications

GHG emission fact sheet

Date added: 04/13/2011
Downloads: 18407
GHG emission fact sheet

Greenhouse gas emissions and options for mitigation in Viet Nam, and the UN’s responses

Version of 6 February, 2013

Viet Nam signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 11 June 1992 and ratified it on 16 November 1994. It signed the Kyoto Protocol on 3 December 1998 and ratified it on 25 September 2002. This Factsheet focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and Viet Nam’s mitigation potential.

Viet Nam and Climate Change: A discussion paper on policies for sustainable human development

Date added: 12/02/2009
Downloads: 25593
Viet Nam and Climate Change: A discussion paper on policies for sustainable human development

It is with great pleasure that the United Nations in Viet Nam presents this policy discussion paper on climate change. We hope it will be of use to Vietnamese policymakers, interested citizens, and the international community.

In the past two years much has been said about climate change, around the world and in Viet Nam, and also in dialogues between the Government and the international community. This is not surprising, because in the course of 2007 we all became acutely aware of the risks facing the world, including Viet Nam.

We now also know that major climate action is possible and that it can bring many opportunities for further development of the country, with benefits extending well beyond just averting the dangers of the adverse effects of climate change. This paper argues that in many ways climate change should be taken as a wake up call and the needed responses should be viewed as an opportunity for speeding up human development.

Viet Nam and climate change action: strategic priorities

Date added: 02/21/2011
Downloads: 15463
Viet Nam and climate change action: strategic priorities

Synopsis of advice by Yvo de Boer and Dennis Tirpak

This synopsis is written by the UN in Viet Nam, based on presentations by these two experts and discussions with national leaders and experts, UN experts, as well as donors based in Viet Nam in November 2010.

UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Piloting Participatory Carbon Monitoring

Date added: 09/28/2011
Downloads: 14864
UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Piloting Participatory Carbon Monitoring

Under REDD+, developing countries like Viet Nam will need to generate evidence of "results-based actions" to receive payments for the reduction of carbon emissions or enhanced removals of carbon. The national Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system holds the key for producing this evidence.

UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Designing Benefit Distribution Systems Fact Sheet

Date added: 09/28/2011
Downloads: 14498
UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Designing Benefit Distribution Systems Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of lessons learned from develpoing benefit distribution systems in Viet Nam.  REDD+ can only succeed if performance-based payments are effectively and equitably distributed. The UN-REDD Programme has assisted the Government of Viet Nam to identify the key issues that need to be addressed in the design of a REDD+ compliant benefit distribution system.

UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: Applying the Principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Date added: 09/27/2011
Downloads: 13398
UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: Applying the Principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Viet Nam is the first country programme to proceed with formal preparations for field-based REDD+ activities. The Viet Nam UN-REDD Programme is pioneering a process to seek Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in its two pilot districts.  This publication provides details of the FPIC principle and how it has been applied in Viet Nam under the UN-REDD Programme.

UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: About the pilot sites in Lam Dong Province

Date added: 09/27/2011
Downloads: 12923
UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: About the pilot sites in Lam Dong Province

As part of the UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme, activities are being implemented in two pilot districts, Di Linh and Lam Ha, of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands.  This publication provides details about these two pilot sites, including forest cover, major ethnic groups and awareness and understanding of forest protection laws and policies.

The challenge of climate change and economic development in Viet Nam

Date added: 02/21/2011
Downloads: 15171
The challenge of climate change and economic development in Viet Nam

Prepared for the UN in Viet Nam by: Dennis Tirpak, Senior Fellow, World Resources Institute

Viet Nam has seen dramatic economic growth which has led to rapid improvement in terms of human development and well being. As a middle income country Viet Nam faces particularly difficult challenges. It must continue to reduce poverty among large segments of its population, while reducing vulnerability to climate change and competing with countries intent on developing, deploying and exporting new technologies for the 21st century. To be successful, climate change must be fully acknowledged and mainstreamed in Viet Nam’s forthcoming social economic development strategy and five year plan. In particular, these should identify and foster technological niches where Viet Nam may have a competitive advantage in the global market place and be able to attract the investment capital needed to build a strong technological base.

Responding to climate change in Viet Nam: Opportunities for improving gender equality

Date added: 12/02/2009
Downloads: 21628
Responding to climate change in Viet Nam: Opportunities for improving gender equality

A Policy Discussion Paper

The challenge of climate change has come to the development agenda with considerable force in recent years, and responding to this challenge has become a priority of many national governments and international development agencies.

Viet Nam is one of the countries particularly affected by climate change. As a result, Government has formulated policy and development partners, civil society and individual households have already started to adapt their work and way of life to the challenges and opportunities posed by a changing climate.

The United Nations and Oxfam believe that lessons about good development practice must be applied to policies and actions that are currently being formulated and implemented to support adaptation to climate change impacts as well as mitigation of greenhouse gas emissions.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

Date added: 07/21/2011
Downloads: 15180
Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

The following fact sheet provides additional information to the GAR11 by highlighting some of the main findings of the report together with some relevant facts about Viet Nam. It also briefly describes how UNDP Viet Nam has supported the Government of Viet Nam on various components of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Addressing climate change in Viet Nam- efforts and expectations

Date added: 12/01/2011
Downloads: 11725
Addressing climate change in Viet Nam- efforts and expectations

The publication provides an updated view of Viet Nam's efforts, priorities and expectations in international climate change negotiations. Climate change related policies and strategies as well as influential climate change research are referenced. The Publication has been be shared at the 17th Conference of the Parties (COP17) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) in Durban (28 November - 9 December 2011).

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Study on the correnlation between household environmental, household water supply, mothers' hygine behavior for children under 5 and the of child nutrition in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/20/2012
Downloads: 11438
Study on the correnlation between household environmental, household water supply, mothers' hygine behavior for children under 5 and the of child nutrition in Viet Nam

The great achievements of Vietnam in reducing the rate of malnutrition in children were recorded in the National Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program. In 1994, the rate of malnutrition in children under 5 accounted for 45%, and that in 2008 was reduced to 19.9%. UNICEF considered this result impressive, and Vietnam was the country in which the child malnutrition rate was reduced most rapidly in the Asian – Pacific region.

The National Strategy for Nutrition for 2001-2010 was approved with comprehensive aspects for improving child nutritional status. One of the interventions of the National Malnutrition Prevention and Control Program is to apply environmental sanitation, use clean water sources, and ensure routine de-worming, and practice hand-washing before eating, after urinating and defecating. However, up to present, the studies on the relation between the malnutrition of children under 5 and environmental sanitation, clean water sources, and
knowledge and practice of mothers on personal hygiene have been insufficient in both quantity and quality. Even in the 2010 General Nutrition Survey, the focus was to study the relation between the factors of breast-feeding, feeding children and the malnutrition of children. The relation between the situation of daily-living water supply, household latrines, KAP on personal hygiene of mothers and the malnutrition of children was not mentioned. Therefore, this study was selected by UNICEF and MOH.

Spotlight

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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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