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Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/15/2012
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Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam


Green Industry is a sectoral strategy for achieving Green Economy and Green Growth in the manufacturing and related productive sectors. It assures the security of natural resources by alleviating the pressure on already-scarce resources such as water, materials and fuels, contributes to mitigation and adaptation to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy and non-energy sources and at the enterprise-level, better environmental management and industrial and chemical safety. However, beyond this, achieving Green Industry is much more than just a question of environmental sustainability. It unlocks many more additional development opportunities, as a driver of competitiveness and sustainable business as enterprises improve their resource productivity and environmental performance. While also a catalyst for technological innovation, Green Industry is not just a new paradigm for industrial development, it also offers “triple bottom-line” benefits, serving as a clear strategy with defined pathways for achieving sustainable development.

Viet Nam Industrial Investment Report 2011

Date added: 06/21/2012
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Viet Nam Industrial Investment Report 2011



Understanding the impact of foreign direct investment on industrial development

The UNIDO Industry Investor Survey 2011 and the resulting Viet Nam Industrial Investment Report 2011 constitute an integral part of the first output of the project ‘Platform for Investment Monitoring and Supplier Development Phase I’. These outputs have sought to unearth important aspects of the investment impact of FDI in Viet Nam’s industry. They reveal an industrial sector which is striving to succeed in increasingly competitive global markets. The unprecedented inflows of FDI have had a positive impact on the economy in terms of growth in employment, exports, injection of capital and technology and the attainment of certain spillover effects. Simultaneously, however, increased FDI performance has also magnified the inherent structural economic challenges faced by the Vietnamese economy. The underlying fundamentals of an industrial sector based on labour-intensive, capital and material imports point to a need for a reassessment of the FDI-led export growth model as well as to a heightened urgency to move the country up the industrial upgrading ladder.

Gender related obstacles to Vietnamese women entrepreneurs

Date added: 06/21/2012
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Gender related obstacles to Vietnamese women entrepreneurs

In recent years, the Vietnamese Government has focused on tapping women’s potential by improving the regulatory business environment and implementing the Law on Gender Equality, Law on Investment and Law on Enterprises as well as other decrees in support of female entrepreneurship. The aim of reforms is to level the playing field in order to draw on female entrepreneurship as an engine of economic growth and social development.   However, women entrepreneurs in Viet Nam live under two social settings: traditional values  that support the subordination of women and socialist ideals of the equality of citizens before the law. How do women entrepreneurs perceive the impact of policy reforms and prevailing traditions on their entrepreneurial situation? And what are the implications for policy makers and private sector associations? This report analyzes the traditional, regulatory, and internal gender-based obstacles that influence Vietnamese women entrepreneurs in starting and running their businesses and provides policy implications for promoting women’s entrepreneurship and gender equality in Viet Nam.

Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Vietnamese Steel Industry

Date added: 08/20/2012
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Energy and Resource Efficiency in the Vietnamese Steel Industry

This report summarizes the results of a study on energy and resource efficiency in the Electric Arc
Furnace (EAF) section of the Vietnamese steel industry, which was initiated by UNIDO with the support of the Vietnamese Steel Association. The mission was conducted in two Stages with one international and one national consultant. The first Stage included visits to six steel plants in early December 2010. The six plants, all based on EAF steelmaking, were chosen to provide a good cross-section of the industry with respect to geography, state and private ownership, age of facilities, scale of production and the level of technology. Preliminary findings were presented to a UNIDO-VSA Workshop in Ho Chi Minh City (10 December). In the second Stage, the analysis was extended to include the remaining EAF plants based on visits to twelve plants during April and May 2011.

Data on the main inputs and outputs of steelmaking, casting and rolling were collected in a systematic way to calculate the energy used in production and to analyse factors such as technology, productivity, process stability, resource efficiency and scrap quality. The analysis included a broader Life Cycle view of energy efficiency as well as calculations of greenhouse gas emissions. Insights were able to be drawn by comparing performance between the Vietnamese plants and also by reference to global good practice standards.

Viet Nam Industrial Competitiveness Report 2011

Date added: 07/03/2012
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Viet Nam Industrial Competitiveness Report 2011


Viet Nam’s efforts to shift from a centrally planned to a market-led economy are paying off. Not only has Viet Nam been one of the fastest growing economies over the last 20 years, but growth has sharply reduced the incidence of poverty. Viet Nam is increasingly integrated into the global economy and is becoming a hub for potential investors nationally and internationally.

But how much has industrialization contributed to Viet Nam’s economic growth and export success? And what is the role of manufacturing and structural change in the country’s economic future? This report makes the case that industrialization is at the core of Viet Nam’s economic growth. It argues that Viet Nam needs an industrial policy aimed at structural change towards high value added manufacturing sectors to sustain current growth levels in the long run.

The report uses UNIDO’s methodology to assess national industrial performance through a series of industry-related dimensions, indicators and indices. This methodology is the fruit of years of research and advisory work carried out under the guidance of the late Professor Sanjaya Lall of Oxford University.

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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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