Breaking gender stereotypes: how to make the ‘abnormal’ normalOver the past few days I have met with several very talented young people - film makers, script writers and researchers - who are helping to challenge the way we think about women and men. Many spoke about how the UN’s #Howabnormal film competition had forced them to question gender stereotypes, and absurdities they see around them every day.
National Assembly to decide Viet Nam’s direction on Gender Equality“This is a pivotal moment for Viet Nam. The National Assembly has the opportunity to update the election law so that is it aligned with national laws and policies and international commitments thereby advancing Viet Nam forward in its journey.”
Supporting climate action in Vietnam through the budgetCentral Vietnam is facing some of the worst drought conditions in more than a decade, with water reservoirs running low, previously drought-resistant trees dying and farmers struggling to protect their crops and livestock. In its assessment of extreme weather events and disasters, the Vietnam Panel on Climate Change (VPCC) warns of increasing exposure to such harmful impacts.
Vietnam and the new global goals2015 is a year of special significance. It not only marks the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Vietnam and the ending of World War II, but also of the founding of the United Nations. It is therefore fitting that this year’s General Assembly opened with what the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described as “a towering achievement”: the adoption of the 2030 Agenda setting out 17 bold and inspiring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
Community participation in policymaking discussed in HanoiThe United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Vietnam, in collaboration with the international nongovernmental organisation Oxfam, held a seminar entitled “Between prestige and mechanism: The people’s participation and local elections in Vietnam” in Hanoi on October 13.
Viet Nam commits to cut greenhouse gases 8% a year by 2030Viet Nam hopes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 8 per cent a year by 2030. This is equal to about 787.4 million tonnes of carbon dioxide.
Film about a woman defying her fate takes UNDP awardA short film challenging stereotypes about women born in the year of the tiger wins first prize at the UNDP's #HowAbnormal campaign short film competition.
Only 21 percent of the workforce benefits from social insuranceAlthough poverty has fallen, lower middle income workers are increasingly vulnerable as they are often excluded from social protection, according to the Viet Nam Human Development Report 2015.
UNDP: Progress in Vietnam poverty reduction impressiveVietnam has reduced its poverty rate from 58.1% in 1992 to 17.2% in 2012, lifting some 30 million people out of poverty, according a United Nations Development Program (UNDP) report.