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Improving the competitiveness of the lacquer value chain in Viet Nam

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Ms. Duong Thi Thanh Thuy received the award for the best Business Creation Exercise in the 2nd Empretec Workshop
February 2011 - Ms. Duong Thi Thanh Thuy, Director of Lacquerworld company, has recently participated in the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) Empretec programme. The Empretec programme promotes a methodology of behavioral change that helps entrepreneurs put ideas into action and helps business to grow. After participating in the course, Ms. Duong Thi Thanh Thuy commented: “This course helps to improve a lot of behaviors that include System planning and monitoring and taking calculated risks. Now I know how to make plan with a clear timeframe and know how to anticipate and avoid risk in the future”. 

Lacquerworld is among the 50 beneficiary companies selected under the UN joint programme ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor’. The programme aims to increase income and employment opportunities for raw material growers/collectors and grassroots producers of handicrafts and small furniture, targeting 4,800 poor households in four northern provinces of Viet Nam, namely Thanh Hoa, Nghe An, Hoa Binh and Phu Tho.

Within the four targeted provinces, the programme will focus on the five following value chains: (i) bamboo/rattan; (ii) sericulture and weaving; (iii) sea grass; (iv) lacquerware; and (v) handmade paper. The programme’s approach is to develop better integrated, pro-poor, and environmentally sustainable “green” value chains, enabling poor growers, collectors and producers to improve their products and link
these to more profitable markets.

Lacquerworld sources natural lacquer liquid from Phu Tho province, one of the programme’s beneficiary provinces. Lacquer liquid is harvesting by tapping the lacquer trees, which is then used to coat the inner layers of the company’s colourful lacquerware. Supported under the programme, some 300 farmers in Phu Tho will receive support to plant, cultivate and harvest better variety lacquer trees, thereby improving the quality and productivity of the trees, and, in turn, their income derived from tree tapping.

The programme will also support companies, such as Lacquerworld, to analyze and provide support to clean up their production, by introducing environmentally-friendly production methods and by building its capacity on cleaner designs (e.g. light, easy to stack and transport, use of limited material, recycled or sustainably managed raw material supply, minimum or no use of chemicals in the production process, etc.).

A team of foreign designers has been engaged under the programme to assist, inter alia, Lacquerworld, design new high-end sustainable product collections that meet market requirements and consumer preferences. The new product collections of the beneficiary companies will be exhibited during ‘LifeStyle Viet Nam 2011’. Supported by the programme, the Vietnam Handicraft Exporters Association (VIETCRAFT) is organizing the second edition of Viet Nam’s International Home Décor and Gifts Fair” or “LifeStyle Vietnam” in short.

To prepare for successful trade fair participation, company managers, such as Ms. Duong Thi Thanh Thuy, will receive support before and during the fair, including the technique of displaying products at the fair, how to deal with customers, and how to ensure proper follow-up to turn promising leads into actual business!






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.