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  • 25 Nov 2013
    Violence against women is not acceptable and can be prevented

    Every year, at least two million women and girls are trafficked into prostitution, forced slavery, and servitude. Up to 60 percent of women experience some form of physical or sexual abuse during their lifetime.

  • 25 Nov 2013
    Second Legal Policy Dialogue in 2013: “Amending the Law on Marriage and Family from a Human Rights-Based Perspective”

    “Amending the Law on Marriage and Family from a Human Rights-Based Perspective” topped the agenda of the 2nd Legal Policy Dialogue in 2013 held today by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

  • 09 Nov 2013
    UNDP Administrator gains insights from ethnic minority women

    UNDP Administrator Helen Clark will have a dialogue with ethnic minority women in Hanoi today to hear about challenges they face in their communities and how they have addressed them. The discussion will bring together more than 20 ethnic minority women from the northern mountainous provinces of Hoa Binh, Lang Son and Yen Bai and central highland province of Dak Lak.

  • 08 Nov 2013
    UNDP Chief: Asia-Pacific economic miracle not yet a sustainable development path

    “While we have witnessed an economic miracle in Asia-Pacific, it is clear that we have not yet seen a complete transformation towards a sustainable development path,” said UN Development Programme Administrator Helen Clark in her opening address to the annual UNDP Regional Bureau for Asia and Pacific meeting of its senior officials.

  • 17 Oct 2013
    Increased women representation ensures gender equality

    A high-level seminar today focused on how to increase women’s representation in elected positions to 35 percent in 2016. The discussion brought together representatives from the Party; Government; Standing Committee of the Women Parliamentarians Group; People’s Committees of several provinces; as well as Ambassadors and representatives from International Organizations.

  • 16 Oct 2013
    Multi-dimensional approach key to sustain poverty reduction

    A forum today highlighted the need to apply a multi-dimensional approach to poverty. Members of the National Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction; representatives from the Government, the National Assembly, the Fatherland Front, mass organizations and development partners gathered in Ha Noi to discuss the progress of poverty reduction work, measures to tackle challenges and orientation for the coming years.

  • 11 Oct 2013
    Global initiative gears up for reducing forest destruction and degradation in Viet Nam

    The Government of Viet Nam today took another major step towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions from agriculture and rural development with the gathering of more than 100 stakeholders from national government, local authorities, non-government organizations and development partners at an inception workshop in Ha Noi to shape the implementation of UN-REDD Viet Nam Phase II.

  • 07 Oct 2013
    New initiative to help people with disabilities claim their rights

    People of all ages living with disabilities in Viet Nam will enjoy better access to health and education, employment and protection services by 2015 as a result of a high-profile initiative launched today by the UN. It is launched in partnership with disabled people’s organizations and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs.

  • 03 Oct 2013
    People voice their demands for a responsive, efficient and accessible justice system

    Viet Nam’s first ever empirical justice index released today revealed that State agencies’ inefficiency in meeting basic legal requirements and addressing civil disputes and administrative complaints encourages some citizens to seek redress outside the justice system.

  • 27 Sep 2013
    UNDP and Viet Nam Renew Programme Cooperation

    The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, and Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung renewed today the mutual commitment to the partnership in the middle-income country (MIC), and witnessed the signing of the memorandum that seals the commitment.

  • 23 Sep 2013
    International Conference: “The Orientation of State Budget Law Amendment – International Experience”

    Sharing budget reform lessons and orientations for amendments to the State Budget Law was today the objective of an international conference held in Ninh Binh province during 23-24 September, 2013.

  • 02 Sep 2013
    "Working together to build an inclusive, sustainable and resilient Asia-Pacific”: UN Development Chief for Asia and the Pacific

    Mr. Haoliang Xu assumes his role as the new Director of the Regional Bureau for Asia and the Pacific at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today. A Chinese national, Mr. Xu has held various leadership positions in UNDP, most recently as Deputy Director of the Regional Bureau for Europe and the Commonwealth of Independent States.

  • 29 Aug 2013
    First Legal Policy Dialogue in 2013: “Criminal Laws of Viet Nam in the Context of International Integration”

    Criminal Laws of Viet Nam in the Context of International Integration” is the topic of this year’s first Legal Policy Dialogue held today by the Ministry of Justice and the United Nations Development Programme.

  • 29 Jul 2013
    Viet Nam secures a further US$30 million to combat climate change

    Once again at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change, Viet Nam becomes the first of 47 UN-REDD partner countries to move into the second phase with an additional US$30-million investment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved forest and land-use management.

  • 23 Jul 2013
    Viet Nam increases commitment on Human Rights

    A key project to help Viet Nam meet its human rights obligations was launched in Hanoi today. Over the next 3 and half years the $1.2 million joint Government and UN project will help line Ministries understand their human rights duties and improve the ability to report on progress.

  • 03 Jul 2013
    Global report praises Viet Nam’s progress on human development

    Viet Nam is among more than 40 developing countries identified to have done better than expected in human development terms in recent decades, says the 2013 Human Development Report (HDR) presented in Viet Nam today.

  • 21 Jun 2013
    US$5 million project launched to reduce disaster risk

    The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) today announced a four-year project that will provide nearly US$5 million to enhance the institutional capacity for disaster risk management in Viet Nam.

  • 05 Jun 2013
    USAID, UNDP Support LGBT Dialogue for More Inclusive Development in Viet Nam

    A first-ever national dialogue on the legal and social challenges facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) community in Viet Nam kicked off today with representatives of LGBT people throughout the country; civil society organizations working on LGBT issues; United Nations agencies and other development partners.

  • 30 May 2013
    UN calls on businesses to reduce disaster risk

    The UN today called on Viet Nam’s public and private sectors to have a thorough disaster risk assessment as part of their decision making on investments.

  • 14 May 2013
    Survey gives citizens unique opportunity to voice their concerns with governance and public administration

    The second annual results of an innovative governance survey released today warn that bribery remains widespread in the public sector, and that many citizens perceive bribery to be on the rise. Nearly 14,000 people were interviewed in the latest survey of the Viet Nam Governance and Public Administration Performance Index, PAPI, which was conducted by CECODES in collaboration with the Viet Nam Fatherland Front, with support from the UN.