As Vietnam develops, things only getting worse for Mother NatureExperts say that if Vietnam – a densely populated country smaller than California with more than twice the number of people (the 13th largest population in the world) – forges ahead along its current energybased growth trajectory, what is left of the country’s precious natural environment could soon be history.
Authorities to protect citizens who stand up in fight against corruptionViet Nam would further protect whistleblowers and provide more incentives for them to come forward to increase the public's trust, Huynh Phong Tranh, head of the Government Inspectorate, said yesterday.
CG 2010: Promotion of strong actionsThe message from the donor community during the Consultative Group Meeting for Vietnam in 2010, held between 7 and 8 December 2010, was that as it enters 2011, Vietnam needs to take immediate actions with the plans and commitments already established.
Cash for Work: Asia's answer to multiple crisesMongolian herders and rural Indians, tow seemingly disparate peoples, could bring valuable insights to this week's World Economic Forum on East Asia. Both groups have suffered from multiple crises and both are climbing theif way out through innovative schemes that offer a hand up instead of a hand out.
Confab discusses disaster readinessViet Nam needs a more comprehensive legal framework on natural disaster risk management, a conference heard yesterday. Speaking at the launch in Ha Noi of the Global Assessment Report on Disaster Risk Reduction, United Nations Development Programme's deputy country director Barnaby Jones said that disasters, such as the recent earthquakes in Japan and New Zealand and floods in Pakistan, had continued to affect the lives of millions of people around the world.
Deputy PM speaks to UN on climateViet Nam would stand together with the world in fighting climate change, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh pledged at the United Nations Climate Change Summit on Tuesday.
Dialogue spotlights Penal Code changesOfficials and international experts discussed ways to amend the Penal Code in light of the 2013 Constitution at the second annual Legal Policy Dialogue yesterday.
Disasters inflame poverty fearsUN estimateds suggest that between 1975 and 2000, 94 per cent of all people killed by disasters worldwide were living on low or lower-middle incomes. This shows just how vulnerable poor people are to disasters and climate risks.
Drought threatens Viet Nam's rice bowlOne of the worst dry periods in Vietnam's recent history has dried up riverbeds and aggravated saline water intrusion into coastal areas, threatening Vietnam's southern Mekong Delta, the country's rice bowl, said an U.N. expert here on Thursday.