New initiative to increase non-fired bricks market share to 40 percentMay 29, 2015A project to help the Vietnamese Government enhance the production and use of non-fired bricks was launched in Ha Noi on 29 May by The Ministry of Science and Technology in collaboration with the UN Development Programme
Secretary-General and Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister inaugurate new eco-friendly One UN building in Ha NoiMay 22, 2015Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and Viet Nam’s Deputy Prime Minister/Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh inaugurated the Green One UN House today—first green certified UN House in the world.
The rights of LGBT people - Achievement and challengesMay 15, 2015Viet Nam had recently made notable achievements in promoting and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). In June 2014, the Law on Marriage and Family for the first time lifted the ban on marriage between two people of the same sex. A government’s decree issued in late 2013 crossed out the administrative fine on same-sex wedding ceremony. The needs of sexual minorities started to be considered in the process of revising laws. Social stigma against LGBTI people had been reduced substantially. At the Human Rights Council, Viet Nam was one of the countries passing a resolution to condemn discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It was said to be among the top countries protecting LGBTI rights in Asia.
UNDP China launches global campaign against POPs in GenevaMay 8, 2015The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) China in cooperation with the Ministry of Environmental Protection’s Foreign Economic Cooperation Office (FECO) released today its first-ever bilingual smartphone game called POPs Hunter, part of an international campaign against Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) in Geneva, Switzerland.
UN partnership begins global search for local climate change solutionsApr 20, 2015A call for nominations opened today for the Equator Prize 2015, marking the beginning of a worldwide outreach effort designed to identify exceptional local efforts to reduce poverty, protect biodiversity, and address climate change.
Reforms in governance at slow pace: latest surveyApr 14, 2015The 2014 PAPI Report released today shows that over the past four years there have only been insignificant improvements in the six governance dimensions that the survey measures.
National Assembly Vice-Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan discusses institutional reform as part of the Viet Nam Executive Leadership ProgramApr 13, 2015A delegation of Vietnamese ministerial officials from various legislative, executive and judicial state institutions led by National Assembly Vice-Chair Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan today started a week-long policy discussion with Harvard and other international scholars as part of the Viet Nam Executive Leadership Programme (VELP) supported by UNDP.
No more potential risks of dioxin exposure for 170,000 peopleMar 19, 2015There are no longer potential risks of dioxin exposure for about 170,000 people living near Bien Hoa airbase and in the vicinity of Phu Cat airbase in the south and centre of Viet Nam, respectively.
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