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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Greening the Power Mix: Policies for Expanding Solar Photovoltaic Electricity in Viet Nam

Date added: 05/24/2016
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Greening the Power Mix: Policies for Expanding Solar Photovoltaic Electricity in Viet Nam


These policies set the framework for major reductions in future greenhouse gas emissions in Viet Nam, which helps reducing the threat of dangerous global climate change.

This policy discussion paper addresses how Viet Nam can achieve the targets in these policies by internalising the costs of coal-based power to people, the environment and the economy, and by stimulating the development of solar photovoltaic power generation.

In addition, the world adopted the Sustainable Development Goals, also in 2015. Viet Nam has actively supported the formulation of the Sustainable Development Goals and intends to achieve them at the national level.

This paper shows that renewable energy, and in particular solar photovoltaic power generation can play a key role in achieving Sustainable Development Goal 7, “Ensure access to affordable, reliable, sustainable and modern energy for all”, which is important especially for the remotest and poorest Vietnamese communities and households who do not yet benefit from regular access to electricity. Achieving this will help children to study better, productivity to go up, and poverty to be eliminated.

This paper is based on research by many national and international experts, and has benefitted from several dialogues with policy makers, businesses, and development partners.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNIDO Publications

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.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Sustainable Development - Joint UN Publications

Sustainable Energy for All Factsheet

Date added: 06/11/2012
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Sustainable Energy for All Factsheet


Rapid economic growth and industrial expansion based on low cost energy has led to intensive use of energy and other resources in Viet Nam. A development path with high resource intensity exposes the economy to significant risks in an increasingly resource constrained global economy, and produces greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions that cause climate change and waste that pollutes the environment.

Reducing the use of scarce resources through measures such as energy efficiency is critical to meeting future energy demand in a growing economy. It also provides an opportunity for a more sustainable development path by creating jobs, reducing environmental impacts, saving money and fostering economic growth.



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.


The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls


25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary


Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.

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