UNDP in the News

  • Reaching the Millennium Development Goals – picking up the pace

    I’m sure you can visualize the agony of a runner who enters the last lap of a race in the lead, but in sight of the finishing line relaxes the pace, only to see another runner pass him by.

  • Viet Nam makes efforts in promoting and protecting human rights

    With a view to contributing further to the joint efforts of the UN and the international community in promoting and protecting human rights on the world, Viet Nam has joined almost all important international conventions on human rights and made efforts to make basic human rights be respected and better ensured. Viet Nam News Agency interviewed Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, about Viet Nam’s efforts in promoting and protecting human rights, as well as the UN assistance to Viet Nam in this area.

  • Free and equal

    Can you imagine what it would be like to be afraid of pubic shame, of bullying or violence simply for being yourself?

  • Vietnam Land Law revision should improve fairness, transparency - analysts

    Fish farmer Doan Van Vuon became something of a folk hero earlier this year when he used homemade landmines and guns to stop local officials, police and soldiers from forcibly taking his land in northern Vietnam.

  • Vietnam needs new approaches to fight corruption

    On December 9, International Anti-corruption Day is marked around the world and commitments to crack down on corruption are renewed. The day is also an important reminder of the tremendous human cost of corruption, which affects everyone, with the poor suffering the most.

  • No big deal

    "Envelope money" is so much the norm that it is not seen as a tainted practice

  • Disasters inflame poverty fears

    UN 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.

  • Rising waters

    Developing nations in the Asia-Pacific region must build up climate resiliency and shift towards lower-carbon pathways if they want to sustain hard-won human development gains attained over the past decades in the changing climate context.

  • New report confirms corruption as entrenched as ever

    A national survey released last week has found that while local companies complain that corruption makes business more difficult, they see bribery as not only a key to success, but as an inseparable part of Vietnamese business culture.

  • UN survey queries Vietnamese about corruption

    Many people in Vietnam consider bribery to be a systemic problem. But a new survey by the United Nations and the Vietnamese government aims to give ordinary citizens a means to voice their experience with corruption so authorities can do something about it.