Ho Chi Minh City, UNDP boost cooperation

International delegates gathered at a round table seminar in Hanoi on June 15-16 to review Vietnam’s Doi Moi (Renewal) process over the past 20 years. UNDP Resident Representative to Vietnam Subinay Nandy.granted an exclusive interview to VOVNews to talk about the issue. VOVNews: What are your assessments of the results of 20 years’ Doi Moi in Vietnam?Mr Nandy: Vietnam has made tremendous progress towards the targets set out in the 2001-2005 Socio-Economic Development Plan, most of which are described in the Government’s first nationally produced Millennium Development Goals Report published in September and presented at the 2005 World Summit by Vice President Truong My Hoa. These results show that Vietnam is a leader among developing countries in economic growth and poverty reduction, well on track to achieve the Millennium Development Goals by 2010. Following are the achievements of the Renewal process. Economic growth accelerated during the plan period, averaging about seven percent per annum. The recorded headcount rate of poverty has been reduced from 36 to 20 percent. Universalisation of primary education is nearly achieved. Under-five mortality is now 23 per thousand, down from 53 in 1990. However, the remaining issue is how to maintain the economic growth rate, which is the only sustainable way to improve the living standards for the vast majority of Vietnamese people. VOVNews: What are the challenges facing Vietnam in continuing the process?Mr Nandy: I think thee following inequalities need being tackled. First is the Ethnic Minority Gap. Extreme poverty is four to five times…... [read more]

According to MARD Minister Nguyen Xuan Cuong, Vietnam’s agricultural sector is faced with a range of challenges, of which the biggest with the most long-term impact is climate change. Vietnam had to deal with various types of extreme weather in 2016, he said, adding that climate change had progressed faster than what had been forecast for Vietnam in 2012. Currently, specialised agencies are preparing to issue new climate change forecasts. The Mekong Delta currently provides 75% of the rice, 50% of the fruit and 80% of the seafood the country exports, but due to the impact of climate change and other factors, the region is expected to change completely in the field of agricultural manufacturing. Additionally, six other economic areas are also suffering from the negative effects of climate change, which poses major challenges for Vietnam. To deal with this, Minister Cuong noted that the Government had issued decisive measures for economic restructuring, agricultural restructuring and adaptation to climate change in people’s daily lives. The MARD is also working with locales to accordingly develop adaptation programmes. Louise Chamberlain, UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam said that the latest drought and saltwater intrusion were a warning to Vietnam and other countries, affirming the need for more attention to be paid to deploying adaptation policies and programmes. She stressed that risks and extremes of climate change should be considered in the sector’s policies and programmes and they need to be properly adjusted to deal with the issue. The UN official also noted that…... [read more]

(CPV) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) jointly organised a consultation workshop with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nation Environment Programme (UNEP) and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH on behalf of the German Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation, Building and Nuclear Safety (BMUB The Workshop was co-chaired by Mr Tran Hong Ha, Minister of Natural Resources and Environment; Mr Haoliang Xu, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific; Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam; and Mr Martin Hoppe, First Counselor, the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Viet Nam. Participants include members of the Viet Nam Panel on Climate Change (VPCC), and representatives of line ministries, international organizations, embassies, domestic and international business communities, agencies working in sustainable development in Viet Nam as well as the media. The Paris Agreement was adopted during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.It is the first legally binding document on climate change that applies to all parties. As one of the countries severely affected by climate change, Viet Nam’s implementation of Paris Agreement will in part determine the international community’s response to climate change. In order to fulfil this responsibility, the Government of Viet Nam has tasked the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment with the development of an implementation plan in cooperation with line ministries and stakeholders, which will be submitted to…... [read more]

The workshop was co-chaired by Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Tran Hong Ha, UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific Haoliang Xu, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam Pratibha Mehta and First Counselor, the Embassy of Federal Republic of Germany in Vietnam Martin Hoppe. The Paris Agreement was adopted during the 21st Conference of the Parties (COP 21) to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change. It is the first legally binding document on climate change that applies to all parties. As one of the countries severely affected by climate change, Vietnam’s implementation of Paris Agreement will in part determine the international community’s response to climate change. In order to fulfil this responsibility, the Vietnam government has tasked the MONRE with the development of an implementation plan in cooperation with line ministries and stakeholders, which will be submitted to the Prime Minister for consideration and approval in October 2016. A draft plan for the Implementation of the Paris Agreement in Vietnam has been drawn up with direct assistance from UNDP, GIZ and UNEP. It has already been circulated among ministries for commenting. The draft comprises of five components: Mitigation of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions: voluntary and obligatory mitigation activities in accordance with the requirements of the Paris Agreement to achieve emission mitigation targets listed in the INDC and to take advantage of the opportunity to develop the economy in a low-carbon direction; Adaptation to climate change: adaptation activities as committed in the INDC in…... [read more]

Hanoi (VNA) – Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh has expressed wish that the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) will actively offer assistance to Vietnam, one of the countries hardest hit by climate change, in the future. Hosting a reception in Hanoi on August 30 for UNDP Resident Representative Pratibha Mehta, Thinh hailed her guest’s efforts in boosting ties between Vietnam and the UNDP as well as the implementation of the united action reform initiative with the establishment of the Green One UN House. She appreciated the UNDP’s provision of urgent humanitarian relief for victims of drought and saline intrusion in the Central Highlands, the south central region and the Mekong Delta. The Vietnamese State will strive to successfully achieve the UN sustainable development goals, she said, adding that she believes the UNDP will continue standing side by side with Vietnam throughout the process. The host also gave nod to the UNDP and UN organisations’ plan to switch their cooperation status with Vietnam from donor to fair development partner, but suggested that the process should be done gradually since Vietnam is facing challenges from “middle-income” trap, climate change and natural diasters. Mehta, for her part, asked Vietnam to devise a long-term solution to mitigating the consequences of climate change. The UNDP wishes to help the Vietnamese government and partners carry out national plans against climate change with a focus on precautionary measures, she said. Meeting the Vice President the same day, Assistant Secretary General of the United Nations Haoliang Xu…... [read more]

Towards the Justice for the People “The Justice Index 2015 shows that the effect of supports provided by local State agencies for resolving judicial troubles and complaints of the people is low. The effect of supports of lawyers and legal aids is rated higher for that of local judicial authorities,” as heard at the ceremony of announcing the Justice Index 2015 in Hanoi. The Justice Index 2015 showed that the performance of local State bodies in addressing judicial requirements and troubles of the people slightly improved, but it was still low and this was the reason why many people tended to deal with their problems alone or choose informal approaches to resolve disputes instead of going to local judicial bases. The Justice Index 2015 was developed by the Vietnam Lawyers Association (VLA), the Centre for Community Support and Development Studies (CECODES), and the Centre for Research and Training of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF-CRT) with the support of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). The index was based on practical experience of nearly 14,000 people across Vietnam. It reflected their opinions on the performance of judiciaries in ensuring justice and fundamental rights of the people. According to the leader of the Vietnam Lawyers Association, the first Justice Index was firstly piloted in 21 provinces and cities and published in 2013. The Justice Index 2015 was the second report edition with data collected in 21 provinces and cities and then aggregated with data collected in other provinces and cities by the…... [read more]

Vietnam attends tyre exposition in India Vietnamese-based Da Nang Rubber Company (DRC) is showcasing its made-in-Vietnam products at the Tyrexpo India 2016, which is being held in New Delhi between June 14 and 16. The fair gathers together nearly 100 businesses from India, the United Arab Emirates, the UK, Thailand, Indonesia, China and Vietnam. DRC is the only company in Vietnam to have acquired an ISI certification mark for industrial products that conform to the Indian Standard. Only ISI products are allowed to enter the Indian market. Products by DRC are available across 63 provinces and cities in Vietnam and 35 countries worldwide. Vietnam hopes to expand economic ties with RoK: Deputy PM Deputy Prime Minister Vuong Dinh Hue has affirmed Vietnam's wish to further elevate its comprehensive economic partnership with the Republic of Korea (RoK), during a roundtable on business cooperation between the two countries in Hanoi on June 15. He called on RoK businesses to invest more in areas like the manufacturing industry, electronics, automobiles, finance &banking, high quality services, creative products development and infrastructure, as well as startup projects. The Deputy PM expressed his hope that giant RoK corporations' investment will encourage small and medium-sized enterprises, as well as high technology firms from the country to do more businesses in Vietnam . Deputy PM Hue noted that the two countries are experiencing a peak development in their relationship in all fields, with the RoK being the second largest ODA provider of Vietnam . Since 2014, the RoK…... [read more]

The UN Development Program (UNDP) announced a partnership with startup incubator HATCH! VENTURES to facilitate innovative action by youths for social good in Vietnam. This year UNDP will collaborate with HATCH! VENTURES for the Social Innovation Camp and the Social Innovation Summit to identify and scale up innovation for development solutions, according to a press release it issued Thursday. UNDP will challenge campers to come up with innovative solutions to tackle issues related to five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), namely Responsible Consumption and Production; Climate Action; Life below water; Life on land; and Peace and Justice. “Where the 2016 Social Innovation Camp is different from the previous competition is that it will stimulate sustainable innovative solutions for social issues that can be scaled up to make a difference across the country,” Pham Quoc Dat, director of HATCH! VENTURES, said. He said the camp would be held in August in Hanoi, Da Nang, Ho Chi Minh City to facilitate nationwide participation. Dr Pratibha Mehta, UNDP resident representative in Vietnam, said: “I hope the 2016 cooperation will yield even more innovative ideas and galvanize 1,000s of young people into creativity to speed up information sharing and promote citizens’ participation and transparency for SDGs implementation. “Young people are the most important stakeholders to drive the sustainable development agenda forward. “Through this partnership, we shall bring innovative technology and development agenda closer and encourage new ideas, prototype and creative solutions that increase access, reduce cost, and enable citizen participation and feedback”.…... [read more]

Related News The U.N. Development Program has announced a partnership with the start-up incubator Hatch Ventures to facilitate innovative action for social good among Vietnam's youth. The partnership agreement was signed on June 14 in Hanoi by Dr. Pratibha Mehta, UNDP resident representative in Vietnam, and Pham Quoc Dat, director of Hatch Ventures, an incubator for new consumer products and services in Vietnam. The collaboration will focus on three game changing areas of common interest: innovation for development; mobilization of young people into innovative action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals; and partnerships with the private sector. “Through this partnership, we shall bring innovative technology and development agenda closer and encourage new ideas, prototype and creative solutions that increase access, reduce cost, and enable citizen participation and feedback,” said Mehta at the ceremony This agreement builds on the initial partnership in 2015 around the Hackathon for Social Good, which mobilized more than 100 young people into action to deliver the Sustainable Development Goals. This competition resulted in two innovative ideas: the “For People” (the 4P) app on mobile phones to collect feedback on public services, and “GT-101” – an educational tool to encourage citizens to report any misconduct by traffic police. In 2016, the UNDP will collaborate with Hatch Ventures on the Social Innovation Camp and the Social Innovation Summit to identify and scale up innovation for development solutions. Campers will be challenged to come up with innovative solutions to tackle issues under five of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals…... [read more]

Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative The UN Resident Coordinator made the point on March 22 during an interview granted to the VGP’s reporter on the occasion of the World Water Day. Ms. Pratibha Mehta said that Viet Nam has attained remarkable achievements in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). However, there is a long way ahead for the nation to accomplish the seventh goal on ensuring environmental sustainability especially on water and clean water. Since 2000, the rate of population accessing clean water increased from 78% to 92%. However, over 3 million Vietnamese children are living in clean water scarcity especially in far-reaching and ethnic minority areas. In Viet Nam, over 3.7 million people are still living without toilets, she added. Regarding the serious droughts and saltwater intrusion in the Central Highlands Region and Mekong Delta Region in Viet Nam, Ms. Pratibha Mehta said that an expert group from the UN, NGOs, and the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development is working with the local authorities and residents to assess the damages for emergency relief and providing technical support for drafting a risk map for short, medium and long-term measures. In the medium term, the Coordinator suggested Viet Nam strengthen coordination among ministries and localities to mitigate negative impacts of hot weather; combine projects on water resources, saline intrusion, underground water, clean water storage, flood control especially in the Mekong Delta and South Central Coast. Viet Nam vulnerable to heavy impacts of climate…... [read more]




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