UNDP in the News

  • Residents turn poor suburb into best lit

    The streets of Cu Chi, one of the poorest districts in HCM City, are some of the best lit in the city since residents contributed US$760,000 following the United Nations Development Programme's Viet Nam Energy Efficient Public Lighting project. To Tu Nguyen, deputy head of the Cu Chi district People's Committee said it took two years to raise the money from residents and the local government matched it to upgrade the street lighting.

  • Shunning hippocrates

    The “socialization” of healthcare in Vietnam is turning even public hospitals into “profit-making machines” denying patients, especially poorer ones, experts say. Socialization in Vietnam refers to the opening up of various sectors to multiple sources of investment.

  • Inflation in Vietnam will push more into poverty-UN

    For centuries, residents around Can Tho, a city of 1.1m people in southern Vietnam, just 0.8m above sea level, have depended on flood cycles to grow crops. However, experts warn there is a possibility that sea levels will rise in the delta region around Can Tho due to climate change, causing devastating floods that will displace millions and destroy those crops.

  • Vietnam: Sea-level rise could "displace millions"

    For centuries, residents around Can Tho, a city of 1.1m people in southern Vietnam, just 0.8m above sea level, have depended on flood cycles to grow crops. However, experts warn there is a possibility that sea levels will rise in the delta region around Can Tho due to climate change, causing devastating floods that will displace millions and destroy those crops.

  • UN: Inflation created new poor

    Viet Nam passes resolution creating targeted poverty reduction program It seemed like an odd request when a province in the world's second largest rice producer petitioned the central government for rice subsidies to tackle hunger. On May 5, the Thanh Hoa Province People's Committee asked the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs for 2,048 tons of rice to support more than 70,000 hungry households.

  • HCM City's poverty rate exceeds Ha Noi, despite higher incomes

    There are far more poor people in HCM City than in Ha Noi when a multi-dimensional poverty approach is adopted, despite higher average incomes in the southern city. The 2009 Urban Poverty Survey, which was launched in Ha Noi yesterday, shows a higher poverty rate in HCM City in seven out of eight measures of poverty, including social welfare, education, health, housing, housing area and quality, participation in social activities and security.

  • Ethnic minority poverty target of new strategy

    Sustainable poverty reduction for ethnic and mountainous areas should be an important task for the 2011-15 period, attendants at a conference in Ha Noi were told on Friday. The function, held by the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam, was aimed at recommending ways of reducing poverty.

  • Land procedures flummox populace, survey says

    Land procedures flummox populace, survey says Bureaucratic procedures related to land title have been highlighted as the most frustrating, a recent survey found. In order to increase public satisfaction with administrative efficiency, the report’s authors claimed that the country needs to initiate a mass reform of its civil servants. They have further called for greater transparency in the administrative procedures, according to an online survey jointly-conducted by VietNamNet news website and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP).

  • Red tape still a major headache: Poll

    A survey released yesterday showed that a large number of people still believe administrative procedures require too much paperwork and that personal connections play a large part in completing procedures. Nearly half of respondents said they found land-use rights related procedures the most annoying, said Jairo Acuna-Alfaro, UNDP policy advisor on public administration reform and anti-corruption.

  • Little progress seen at UN climate change talks

    Delegates from more than 170 countries are meeting in China in an effort to end the gridlock that has plagued the UN climate negotiations since the failure of world leaders to achieve a binding agreement at last year’s summit in Copenhagen. Koos Neefjes, UNDP climate change advisor, said that this is the last talk before a major UN climate change summit which will begin this November in Cancun, Mexico.