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UNDP Viet Nam and Hatch! Ventures introduced SDG challenge 2017’s top 4, and announced a joint social impact incubation program with USD 80,000 non-equity seed fund

hatch undp_680Ha Noi, 19/12/2017- The United Nations Development Program in Viet Nam (UNDP Viet Nam) and HATCH! VENTURES held a ceremony to present awards to the TOP FOUR of the SDG Challenge 2017 competition and launch the Social Impact Incubation Program to provide business consultancy to the winning teams for further development.


Green transport for greening Viet Nam


HUG 4130Ha Noi, 25 November 2017 - The event "Green transport for greening Viet Nam" takes place at Ha Noi Botanical Garden, known as the green lung of Ha Noi capital city. The program was attended by representatives from the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the Ha Noi Institute for Socio-Economic Development Studies, Ha Noi Youth Union, students from universities in Ha Noi, organizations and individuals, especially the Ambassador for green growth awareness raising campaign - Miss Friendly 2008 Duong Thuy Linh.


UNDP-Green Climate Fund project to benefit coastal communities vulnerable to climate-related impacts in Viet Nam

150.rung-ngap-man-ca-mau--Nguyen-huu-thanh-resizeHa Noi, 24 November 2017 - Implementation of Viet Nam’s first project funded by the Green Climate Fund took a step forward today as the Inception Workshop for the “Improving resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change-related impacts in Viet Nam” project was successfully completed.


Disaster preparedness education through folk games


IMG 2542-resizeHa Noi, 4 November 2017 – On the occasion of World Tsunami Awareness Day, traditional games were organized around the Hoa Kiem Lake at the heart of Ha Noi city, to raise awareness on the risks of tsunamis and disaster prevention measures. 


Disaster preparedness education saves more lives

IMG 5308Ha Noi, 20 September 2017 - The comprehensive campaign on tsunami awareness and disaster prevention in schools was launched today in Cau Giay High school in Hanoi.

The campaign “Schools of Son Tinh” combines education programmes, tsunami and disasters drills, and awareness raising activities in selected schools across Viet Nam.


Viet Nam makes progress in promoting green growth


IMG 2020Ha Noi, 12 January 2017 - The Green Growth Coordination Meeting - Reporting on the implementation of the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy (2012-2016) was held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting was attended by representatives from Government agencies and ministries, selected provinces/cities and international development agencies in Viet Nam.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy. Good practices, experiences and lessons learned showcased at the meeting inform the development and implementation of the national Green Growth Action Plan, serving as  important pathways towards implementing the Paris Agreement.


Very low electricity price set for basic need: new research


shutterstock 211130215Ha Noi 10 January 2017 – “For the first 30kWh per month, a minimal price should be set for all electricity users per month and cash transfer should be eliminated”, recommends a policy discussion paper launched today by the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting of Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (CAF/VASS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam (UNDP) and the British Embassy in Ha Noi.

The paper also recommends another option for the concessional first 30 kWh per month, a freezing of the current tariff and a radical simplification of the cash transfer – merging it into other transfers – and abolishing the usage requirement.


From Kyoto protocol to Paris Agreement: Transition towards a new carbon market mechanism


shutterstock 3056839Photo: United Nations in Viet Nam/shutterstockHa Noi, 16 December 2016 – The Ministry of Finance (MOF), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) have held an important review workshop on how lessons from implementation of the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) can guide the transition towards new carbon market mechanisms in Viet Nam.

The workshop brings policy-makers, government officials, researchers, practitioners from CDM service providers, and media together to share key lessons learnt from implementing and managing carbon credits in Viet Nam and other countries. They also discussed how Viet Nam can harness opportunities from the market mechanisms enshrined in the Paris Agreement by transitioning from the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) to the Sustainable Development Mechanism (SDM).


IPCC Achievements and Viet Nam Actions in Climate Change


flood vietnamHa Noi, 24 Oct 2016 - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment of Viet Nam (MONRE) in cooperation with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) hosted the workshop today in Ha Noi on “IPCC achievements and Viet Nam actions in climate change”.

The workshop was attended by policymakers, practitioners, scientists, civil society representatives and media from Viet Nam. In the event, The IPCC - the world body for assessing the science related to climate change, presented its findings with a focus on Viet Nam. The IPCC also presented its work programme for the Sixth Assessment Report (AR6) cycle.


Scaling-up green innovations improves local livelihoods


tquan pwngPhoto: Vuong Tran/ Labour NewspaperHa Noi, 1 September 2016 – The first fair showcasing the scaling-up of green innovations was held today by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) at the Green One UN House. Representatives from 15 projects supported by the Global Environment Facility-UNDP Small Grants Programme (UNDP/GEF SGP) and non-governmental organizations attended the event to showcase their innovations at community level to protect the environment, improve local livelihoods and quality of lives. They also discussed potential to scale-up best practices.

Viet Nam is highly vulnerable to climate change. It is among the 10 most affected countries by natural disasters as per the Long-Term Climate Risk Index (CRI). Rural poor in coastal areas and mountainous ethnic minority people are especially at risk and in need of heightened resilience.


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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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