Follow us on: 
facebook
youtube
flick
 

Search a Document

:
:
: Reverse
: Not
:
Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Gender - Joint UN Publications

Women and Sustainable Development Goals - Viet Nam towards 2030

Date added: 03/15/2016
Downloads: 2046
Women and Sustainable Development Goals - Viet Nam towards 2030

On 25 September 2015, the UN Member States adopted a roadmap to sustainable development by 2030.  In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the accompanying Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), gender equality and women’s empowerment is recognized as a vital means to help accelerate sustainable development through a key stand-alone development goal (SDG5) and through gender mainstreamed in all other goals. This booklet builds on UN Women's analysis on Women and the Sustainable Development Goals and demonstrates the importance of gender equality and its links to sustainable development using global and Viet Nam specific data. It takes a critical look at how women, especially women and girls in Viet Nam are affected by each of the 17 SDGs, as well as how women and girls can — and will — be key to achieving each of these goals.

This booklet is expected to provide a useful introduction to gender equality and SDGs for different stakeholders from policy makers, researchers, development practitioners to youth and other members of society.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Joint UN recommendations, positions & commentaries

Joint UN Key Recommendations on the Draft Amended Law on Marriage and Family

Date added: 04/14/2014
Downloads: 1472
Joint UN Key Recommendations on the Draft Amended Law on Marriage and Family

 


This document contains general and specific recommendations on the Law on Marriage and Family (as of 20 October 2013).

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Growth that works for all: Viet Nam Human Development Report 2015 on Inclusive Growth

Date added: 02/06/2016
Downloads: 3517
Growth that works for all: Viet Nam Human Development Report 2015 on Inclusive Growth

 

The 2015 National Human Development Report “Growth that works for all” examines how a policy framework based on inclusive growth can offer a pathway to advance human development in Viet Nam - as it enters a new and challenging stage of its development. Using the lens of human development, this report takes a people-centered approach, examining Vietnamese people’s inclusion in the country’s development process since the late 1980s. The report finds that in the early and mid Doi Moi years Viet Nam performed well on both human development and economic growth. Economic expansion was inclusive, with benefits widely distributed and opportunities shared. Yet in recent years, the report finds that Viet Nam’s strong performance has waned, and especially after the 2008 global financial crisis. Growth has fallen and disparities between regions, provinces and population groups have not been closed. While the past growth has brought significant social transformation, evident in the shrinking population shares of the poor and near poor, and the rapid expansion of the lower middle class, those in the middle are far from secure, and those still in poverty are harder to reach, particularly within remote ethnic minority communities.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

A manual on how to integrate children’s rights into socio-economic development plans

Date added: 01/22/2016
Downloads: 3525
A manual on how to integrate children’s rights into socio-economic development plans

Children are special citizens. They are both physically and intellectually young and fragile, so they cannot defend their rights by themselves and therefore mainly depend on their caregivers. The rights of children should be considered when determining the obligations and responsibilities of adults, families, schools, the state and society.

Therefore, for many years the international community has asked countries to ensure that all development efforts support the achievement of the goals related to human development, especially the development of children. On the 20th of February 1990, Viet Nam became the second country in the world and the first country in Asia to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Early ratification of the convention shows that the Communist Party and the State are interested in the implementation of children’s rights. On the 5th of March 1991, the chairman of the Council of Ministers signed the “Declaration of the World Summit for Children” and on the 18th of August 1991 Viet Nam National Assembly promulgated the “Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children.”

Accordingly, the rights of children and the responsibility of the state, families and society were institutionalized by law. Policies for children were implemented along with strategies and plans for socio-economic development plans.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Being LGBT in Asia: Viet Nam Country Report

Date added: 08/04/2014
Downloads: 6943
Being LGBT in Asia: Viet Nam Country Report

A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons and Civil Society

This report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Viet Nam as related speciacally to employment; education; health care; family affairs; the media; policies, rights and laws; and community. The report provides an overview of LGBT history in Viet Nam, reviews recent developments and includes key strategies for improving the rights of LGBT people through policy advocacy, support services, media representation and research. The report also explores organizational development and capacity-building as it relates to the LGBT community and other key stakeholders in the area of LGBT rights.

This country report is the product of a broader initiative entitled ‘Being LGBT in Asia: A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for LGBT Persons and Civil Society.’ Launched on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012, ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ is a first-of-its-kind Asia-wide learning effort undertaken with Asian grassroots LGBT organizations and community leaders alongside UNDP and USAID. With a focus on eight priority countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam – the effort examines LGBT lived experience from a development and rights perspective.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Joint UN recommendations, positions & commentaries

Joint UN position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs

Date added: 04/14/2014
Downloads: 5636
Joint UN position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs

 

This document contains the UN joint position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs. 

Commentary on human rights provisions in draft amendments to 1992 Constitution

Date added: 10/30/2013
Downloads: 6701
Commentary on human rights provisions in draft amendments to 1992 Constitution

 

In this document the United Nations in Viet Nam presents its analysis of the current draft amendments to the Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee for their consideration. The United Nations in Viet Nam has analyzed the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in light of the international human rights treaties to which Viet Nam is a party and other customary international human rights law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also includes a table giving illustrations of possible changes in wording to reflect the comments in the analysis.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Gender and remittances from internal migrants

Date added: 02/01/2012
Downloads: 4841
Gender and remittances from internal migrants

This research explores gender differences in remittance-sending behaviour, gender differences in income management of migrants, gender differences in access to and utilization of remittance-sending services and channels, and the relationship between gender and the management and utilization of remittances at the home and the community of origin. The research findings are based on 600 male and female migrants surveyed and 42 IDIs and 12 FGDs conducted between April and May 2010 in three wards of central Hanoi, Viet Nam. This study will contribute to bridging the current research gap and provides a much needed data set from which gender sensitive policies and programmes can be developed. The research aims to strengthen the potential of internal remittances to maximize the development of internal migrants, their families and their communities and to contribute to policy and programmes that support gender-sensitive socio-economic development in rural Viet Nam.

This research is part of the Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE), jointly implemented by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam. The programme and this research were generously financed by the Spanish-funded Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F). The General Statistics Office (GSO), with technical assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Viet Nam, took the lead in the implementation of this research.

Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad

Date added: 05/01/2012
Downloads: 5258
Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad

A comprehensive understanding of migration trends in Viet Nam is a pre-requisite for the implementation of safe, appropriate and effective migration policies and laws in the country. To this end, the Consular Department of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with IOM Viet Nam and with European Union (EU) funding, carried out this study entitled "National Migration Profile: A Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad". Conducted from July to November 2011, the study is based on data of Vietnamese migration abroad since the enactment of the 1986 Doi Moi policy, with a particular focus on the period 2006-2011. The National Migration Profile has led to several recommendations for promoting international migration, limiting its potential negative impacts and protecting the legal rights and interests of Vietnamese nationals who migrate and reside abroad.

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

Craft & Design in Vietnam 2012

Date added: 11/29/2012
Downloads: 11785
Craft & Design in Vietnam 2012

This publication is made possible by the International Trade Centre (ITC) and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), within the context of the joint programme ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor’ and in close partnership with the Sustainable Product Innovation (SPIN) Project of the Vietnam National Cleaner Production Centre (VNCPC).

Following a successful experience in 2011, this “craft and design” publication presents the results of a second round of design assistance made available to companies by a team of foreign designers engaged under the programme by ITC, UNIDO and VNCPC. The sustainable product collections was first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2012, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Hochiminh City in April 2012. As a result of design efforts, companies have developed new product lines which are commercially viable i.e. economically sustainable, and the production of which does not jeopardize environment. The local employment created in the production of input material for these products, alongside direct employment, contributes to livelihood security and social and economic sustainability including more equitable value chains. Since these products are easily produced within the traditional set up of ‘craft villages’ characteristic of Vietnam’s cultural industry, they also help vitalize and sustain the local culture.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE- state of world population 2012

Date added: 11/16/2012
Downloads: 9389
BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE- state of world population 2012

The report is structured to answer the following key questions:

What is a rights-based approach to family planning?
Where have gains been made and who cannot yet fully exercise their right to family planning?
What are the social and economic benefits of a rights-based approach to family planning?
What are the cost implications of a rights-based approach to family planning?
What should the international community do to implement a rights-based approach?

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

Taking a Value Chain Approach towards Local Economic Development and Women’s Economic Empowerment

Date added: 11/14/2012
Downloads: 9930
Taking a Value Chain Approach towards Local Economic Development and Women’s Economic Empowerment

This study focuses on the sericulture value chain in Quy Chau district of Nghe An province in Viet Nam. It shows how strengthening the sericulture value chain contributed to economic empowerment of women and their negotiation power, increased income and employment opportunities in rural area, and preservation of the environment and local ethnic minority traditions.

 

Strengthening a value chain requires various technical expertise specific to the type of businesses as well as to different steps of the value chain. The case study shows how the complementary and comparative expertise of five UN agencies, including FAO, ILO, UNIDO, UNCTAD and the International Trade Centre, contributes to a bigger social impact.

Category: Government Agency Publications

Viet Nam: Some good sustainable development practices

Date added: 10/25/2012
Downloads: 11702
Viet Nam: Some good sustainable development practices

 

Report at the UN Conference on sustainable development (RIO+20)

This report aims to bring together and assess some of good sustainable development practices implemented in Viet Nam recently, and to draw out lessons and make recommendations for further implementation of these models and initiatives, continuing the promotion of sustainable development by Viet Nam.

National Report at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20)

Date added: 10/25/2012
Downloads: 11247
National Report at the UN Conference on Sustainable Development (RIO+20)

20 years’ implementation of sustainable development, especially nearly 10 years’ implementation of the Strategic Orientation for Sustainable Development, has seen Viet Nam taking advantage of good opportunities, overcoming numerous difficulties and challenges, and achieving major gains in the economic, social and environmental fields. The country has escaped underdevelopment, recorded relatively fast economic growth, and improved its population’s material and spiritual living standards. Environmental protection has been attended to, and become better in certain aspects. Viet Nam’s international status has been uplifted, important premises have been created for fast and sustainable development and a life with higher quality for the people.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNIDO Publications

Viet Nam Industrial Investment Report 2011

Date added: 06/21/2012
Downloads: 10290
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.

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

Sustainable Energy for All Factsheet

Date added: 06/11/2012
Downloads: 11705
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.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Social and Economic Development Policies - Joint UN Publications

Factsheet on Combating Human Trafficking

Date added: 02/28/2011
Downloads: 14791
Factsheet on Combating Human Trafficking

This factsheet, prepared by the UN Technical Working Group on Human Trafficking, summarizes current efforts by the Government of Viet Nam, the UN in Viet Nam and other organizations to combat this challenge in Viet Nam and the region.

The Issue

Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. It involves the movement of men, women and/or children by means of deception, coercion or threat for the purposes of exploitation. Vietnamese people vulnerable to trafficking include those that move for work both within and outside of the country. These migrants find jobs as domestic workers, or in the construction, agriculture, fishing and manufacturing sectors, and in the sex industry. Trafficking is known to occur mainly for the purposes of labour and sexual exploitation, but there are also cases of trafficking for marriage and child adoption.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Viet Nam

Date added: 05/14/2012
Downloads: 12348
Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Viet Nam

Subsidies and taxes in Viet Nam’s energy sector, and their effects on economic development and income distribution in the context of responding to climate change

Viet Nam is capping electricity and fossil fuel prices, which amounts to very substantial indirect government subsidies to energy prices. These policies are not sustainable, are benefiting the better off more than the poor, and are counter-productive for future growth and modernisation, whilst also contributing to climate change. Fossil fuel fiscal reform may have economic, social and environmental benefits, as has been shown in many other countries. The G-20 and APEC leaders, including the Vietnamese president, agreed in 2009 to phase out ‘inefficient fossil fuel subsidies’, and this may also be addressed at the Rio+20 conference in June 2012. Such reform is also in line with the objectives of the forthcoming national Green Growth Strategy, and requires strengthening of the ongoing energy markets reform and of state owned energy enterprise reform.

Category: One UN Documents/The One UN Initiative in Viet Nam

UNDAF - United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam 2006-

Date added: 12/10/2005
Downloads: 12839
UNDAF - United Nations Development Assistance Framework for the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam 2006-

The United Nations Development Framework (UNDAF) for Viet Nam sets out concrete development objectives for the United Nations agencies over the 2006-2010 period. These objectives were identified on the basis of a consultative process involving Government, United Nations agencies and other development partners. The Common Country Assessment (CCA) for Viet Nam, published in 2004, and the Government’s Strategy for Socio-Economic Development and plans derived from it provided analytical inputs into the UNDAF formulation process. The rights-based approach to development adopted in the CCA also informs the analytical approach of the UNDAF.

The UNDAF results matrix contains three main themes and a limited number of crosscutting issues identified in the CCA. The themes are reflected in the three UNDAF Outcomes: government economic policies support growth that is more equitable, inclusive and sustainable; the quality of delivery and equality in access to social and protection services improves; and, policies, law and governance structures support rights-based development to realise the values and goals of the Millennium Declaration. Crosscutting issues include equity and the inclusion of vulnerable groups; Vietnamese youth in transition; participation for empowerment and accountability; and the challenge of HIV/AIDS. In addition, gender is mainstreamed throughout the UNDAF in order to address traditional stereotypes about the roles of women and men, and to improve systematic sexdisaggregated data and information on gender-specific issues.

UN-EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs of ODA Projects in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/05/2009
Downloads: 19587
UN-EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs of ODA Projects in Viet Nam

PREFACE

We are very pleased to present these guidelines including a set of unified norms for local costs related to the management of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Vietnam. This is a result of a joint collaboration between the Government of Vietnam, UN and EU. We commend the Government of Vietnam (GoV) for leading this tripartite initiative, thereby creating greater transparency and a basis for harmonization and alignment between donors and Government, in the spirit of the Hanoi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness.

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

Craft and Design in Viet Nam by the UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade

Date added: 06/14/2011
Downloads: 15397
Craft and Design in Viet Nam by the UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade

This publication presents the results of a team of foreign designers, engaged under the UN joint programme 'Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor', to assist Vietnamese companies develop new and more sustainable product collections. The product collections will be first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2011, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2011.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Human Rights - Joint UN Publications

Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Date added: 06/18/2008
Downloads: 16824
Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This document contains a compilation of the general comments or general recommendations adopted, respectively, by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Committee on Migrant Workers has not yet adopted any general comments.

A Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit

Date added: 12/22/2009
Downloads: 10732
A Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit

Here you can download a zipped file containing the seven documents - in PDF format - that together constitute the Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit.  The Toolkit is a concise and user-friendly guide to help UN Viet Nam staff integrate a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into their projects.


The Human Rights-Based Approach

A human rights-based approach to programming (HRBAP) is an approach that gives equal attention to what should be done and to how it should be done. A HRBA often aims at achieving the same goals as current development approaches (e.g.the MDGs), but puts equal attention on the process chosen to achieve these goals, as on the achievement of the goals themselves.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Gender - Joint UN Publications

UN Discussion Paper: CEDAW, Women's rights and retirement age in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/29/2012
Downloads: 12234
UN Discussion Paper: CEDAW, Women's rights and retirement age in Viet Nam

This discussion paper has been prepared to advocate for equal retirement age in Viet Nam to address gender equality and women’s rights issues inherent in this key agenda item. It will briefly summarize the relevant issues and provide recommendations, from the point of view of CEDAW and informed by international experience, on how best to address the issue of gender-based discrimination in retirement age.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Social and Economic Development Policies - Joint UN Publications

Internal Migration: Opportunities and challenges for socio-economic development in Viet Nam

Date added: 11/17/2010
Downloads: 19478
Internal Migration: Opportunities and challenges for socio-economic development in Viet Nam

This paper focuses on internal economic migration in Viet Nam. It is important to recognise the continuities between internal and international migration trends, as well as their shared capacity to significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of Viet Nam. This paper makes suggestions for appropriate policy interventions to maximize the contribution of migration to socio-economic and human development in Viet Nam and to ensure the rights of migrants adn their families are realized.

Internal Migration and Socio-economic development in Viet Nam – A Call to Action

Date added: 07/15/2010
Downloads: 17259
Internal Migration and Socio-economic development in Viet Nam – A Call to Action

This advocacy brief highlights five main ways in which internal migration affects and is affected by to socio-economic development. As such, these are issues that deserve attention from  policymakers and development partners in Viet Nam. To enhance the potential of internal migration to contribute to equitable social and economic development, this paper provides a set of specific policy recommendations as outlined in the chapters below. The recommendations focus on the need for more and better data on internal migration to support evidence-based policymaking; reform of the household registration system; actions to ensure internal migration is safe and migrants are protected in their employment; use of migrant-sensitive planning for urban and industrial zones; and exploration of new ways to leverage internal migration for human development.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Final report analysis of the P135-II baseline survey

Date added: 12/01/2008
Downloads: 13790
Final report analysis of the P135-II baseline survey

Vietnam has achieved unprecedented reductions in poverty over the past two decades. The Government has allocated substantial investment resources for development of ethnic minority and mountainous areas – largely targeting at poor households through various policies, programmes and projects. With the close attention of the Government, signifi cant improvements to the socio-economic conditions of ethnic minority and mountainous areas have been achieved, and the povery rate has been decreasing rapidly year after year.

Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

Date added: 07/21/2011
Downloads: 14441
Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

The following fact sheet provides additional information to the GAR11 by highlighting some of the main findings of the report together with some relevant facts about Viet Nam. It also briefly describes how UNDP Viet Nam has supported the Government of Viet Nam on various components of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Viet Nam’s industrial policy: Designing policies for sustainable development

Date added: 06/02/2010
Downloads: 18509
Viet Nam’s industrial policy: Designing policies for sustainable development

Dwight H. Perkins and Vu Thanh Tu Anh

Viet Nam has made a remarkable transition since 1989 from a centrally planned economy dominated by the administrative allocation of resources to an economy largely governed by market forces. It has accomplished this transition while avoiding the sharp fall in GDP and industrial output that occurred in many other centrally planned economies in Central and Eastern Europe. Much of the success in industrial development to date has been the result of government decisions to remove barriers to entrepreneurial efforts for both foreign direct investors and more recently for domestic private investors.

Social services for human development

Date added: 01/20/2012
Downloads: 14298
Social services for human development

Viet Nam Human Development Report 2011

This national Human Development Report provides an evidence-based analysis of Viet Nam's human development progress at the sub-national level, focusing specifically on issues around health and education. It looks at the challenges many Vietnamese face in accessing basic social services. The report shows how rising economic inequality is accompanied by persistent disparities in key education and health indicators. It concludes that if Viet Nam is to continue moving to higher levels of human development, ensuring universal, equitable access to health and education is essential.

National Human Rights Institutions – models, programs, challenges, solutions

Date added: 07/29/2011
Downloads: 9877
National Human Rights Institutions – models, programs, challenges, solutions

A study for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Viet Nam

The present study aims to inform the government of Viet Nam about National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) as a key element of human rights protection and promotion at the national level. Seeking the best realization of its citizens’ human rights, Viet Nam has over the years been completing legal frameworks as well as mechanisms comprising of various legislative, executive and judicial organs for the promotion and protection of human rights. In addition, Viet Nam ratified five of the key UN human rights treaties  and signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; it also ratified the Genocide Convention and several ILO conventions. The country took part in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council during the 5th session in 2009 and extended invitations to several special mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.

Human Development Report 2007/2008

Date added: 12/04/2007
Downloads: 13217
Human Development Report 2007/2008
Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world

Climate change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Failure to respond to that challenge will stall and then reverse international efforts to reduce poverty. The poorest countries and most vulnerable citizens will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks, even though they have contributed least to the problem. Looking to the future, no country—however wealthy or powerful—will be immune to the impact of global warming.

The Human Development Report 2007/2008 shows that climate change is not just a future scenario. Increased exposure to droughts, floods and storms is already destroying opportunity and reinforcing inequality. Meanwhile, there is now overwhelming scientific evidence that the world is moving towards the point at which irreversible ecological catastrophe becomes unavoidable. Business-as-usual climate change points in a clear direction: unprecedented reversal in human development in our lifetime, and acute risks for our children and their grandchildren.

There is a window of opportunity for avoiding the most damaging climate change impacts, but that window is closing: the world has less than a decade to change course. Actions taken—or not taken—in the years ahead will have a profound bearing on the future course of human development. The world lacks neither the financial resources nor the technological capabilities to act. What is missing is a sense of urgency, human solidarity and collective interest.

As the Human Development Report 2007/2008 argues, climate change poses challenges at many levels. In a divided but ecologically interdependent world, it challenges all people to reflect upon how we manage the environment of the one thing that we share in common: planet Earth. It challenges us to reflect on social justice and human rights across countries and generations. It challenges political leaders and people in rich nations to acknowledge their historic responsibility for the problem, and to initiate deep and early cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Above all, it challenges the entire human community to undertake prompt and strong collective action based on shared values and a shared vision.

Download the Summary Report here

Download this report by chapters:

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

Fact Sheet on the Age and Sex Structure of Viet Nam's Population: Evidence from the 2009 Census

Date added: 06/20/2011
Downloads: 12523
Fact Sheet on the Age and Sex Structure of Viet Nam's Population: Evidence from the 2009 Census

Based on the analysis of the sample data of the 2009 Census on Population and Housing in Viet Nam – this factsheet presents key information on the age and sex structure in Viet Nam. It also analyzes some policy implications and includes recommendations on how Viet Nam can take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the constraints of its demographic dynamics in the country’s socio-economic and human development planning.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Credit and Trust: Fruit Markets in the Mekong Delta

Date added: 07/23/2008
Downloads: 14678
Credit and Trust: Fruit Markets in the Mekong Delta

Vu Thanh Tu AnhBrian JM Quinn

UNDP Policy Dialogue Paper 2008/1
Ha Noi, June 2008

Foreward

Markets  require  clear  rules  and  supporting  institutions  to  function  properly.  Millions  of  business  deals  are made  every  day  between  complete  strangers,  and  most  of  these  transactions  will  not  be  repeated.  If individuals and businesses come to believe that contracts cannot be enforced, the cost of doing business will rise for everyone. Cultural norms and social ties are effective means of controlling bad behaviour within small communities, but they are not much help when markets operate beyond the boundaries of the village or small town.

This paper reports  results from a survey of 180 farmers and 47 traders in the Mekong Delta's pomelo fruit market.  The  authors  found  that  contract  enforcement  remains  a  serious  problem  in  the  fruit  trade.  Since transactions  are  risky,  costs  are  higher  than  they  should  be  for  both  farmers  and  traders. The paper also considers the appropriate policy response to this situation. The best solution would be to guarantee easy and affordable access to a transparent and impartial legal system. But the authors are aware that legal system development will take some time. In the meantime, the creation of feedback mechanisms that facilitate the development of commercial reputations would represent a cost-effective alternative.

Choosing Success: The Lessons of East and Southeast Asia and Viet Nam's Future

Date added: 10/09/2008
Downloads: 17383
Choosing Success: The Lessons of East and Southeast Asia and Viet Nam's Future

A Policy Framework for Viet Nam's Socioeconomic Development, 2011-2020

This paper was prepared at the request of Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung by Harvard's Kennedy School of Government with support from UNDP Viet Nam. The Prime Minister requested a critical analysis of Viet Nam's draft socio-economic development strategy for the period 2011-2020 as part of a wider programme of policy dialogue consultations. The paper responds to this request, identifying key challenges facing Viet Nam over this period as the country strives to achieve middle income status. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs and UNDP are working together to continue the policy research and dialogue programme initiated by 'Choosing Success" under the Capacity Development for Economic Diplomacy and Business-Government Dialogue project.

'Choosing Success' was partially supported by the Department for International Development (DFID) of the United Kingdom under the Strategic Partnership Initiative between DFID and UNDP.

Spotlight

contest_680.jpg

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


op-ed-juv-justice-390.jpg

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.


rc_ai_new_year_card_300.jpg

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


WAD2016.jpg

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.


ending_violence_680_2.jpg

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.



RSS Email Subscription

Enter your email address: