Ambassadors of green thinking

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by Phuoc Buu Young people clean up an area near the beach in the central city of Da Nang as part of their effort to raise public awareness of environmental protection. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Lam HCM CITY — University students in HCM City who have been chosen as envoys for an international programme have developed plans to improve primary-school students' awareness about sanitation and environmental protection. Mai Tran Hanh Nguyen, a student at HCM City's Foreign Trade University, said similar programmes launched by primary schools in her home province of Phu Yen had not been effective. "There have been many painting contests or knowledge contests for primary-school students, but they had no results," Nguyen said. "Students continue to dump waste everywhere and they are not taking action to protect the environment." Nguyen was one of eight students from Viet Nam selected for the first round of an international programme, the Bayer Young Environmental Envoys, organised by the … [Read more...]

Vietnam joins POP observation project

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Pollutant reservoirs. (Photo: VNA) The Prime Minister has approved participation in the regional project on observing persistent organic pollutants (POPs) in Asia funded by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) through the non-refundable aid of the Global Environment Fund (GEP). POPs are chemicals that remain intact in the environment for long periods of time and are toxic to humans and wildlife. They circulate globally and can cause damage wherever they are found. The project will help Vietnam realise its commitment to the Stockholm Convention treaty designed to protect humanity and the environment from the threats of POPs, of which Vietnam is one of the first 14 signatory parties. In addition, it will update the national action plan to implement the convention. The project covers conducting inventory of new POPs, updating the current list of POPs, and evaluating Vietnam’s POPs management to identify specific prioritised projects in accordance with current … [Read more...]

Environmentally friendly diving in Nha Trang

The project has been carried out in 2 years from 2013 to 2014 aiming to support the sustainable use of coral reefs, coastal ecosystems. Sea diving is a strength of the tourism industry in Nha Trang, however, this activity often cause adverse impacts on coral reefs. Therefore, during the period 2013 - 2014, The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected Nha Trang to deploy a project named Green Fins with total funding of US$26,000. The Institute of Oceanography – a leading agency of the project makes for a natural location for Green Fins to be implemented into the local diving community on a pilot scale before expanding into other diverse and popular diving locations in the country as well as other neighboring countries. Recently, the Institute of Oceanography has examined the current status and characteristics of diving tourism industry in Nha Trang and proposed management regulations; consulted with relevant agencies. Website www.greenfins.net has been built to … [Read more...]

Workshop tackles illegal trade in chemicals, waste

The Vietnam Environment Administration (VEA) under the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme jointly held a national capacity building workshop on controlling the illegal trade in chemicals and waste in Hanoi on October 6. Attended by ministry officials and representatives from Vietnam Customs domestic and international agencies, the workshop aimed to increase the institutional and individual capacity of enforcement agencies to control the illegal trade in waste and chemicals in Vietnam as well as the Asian-Pacific region. … [Read more...]

Raising Consumer Trust in Vietnamese Products and Services

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"How to make more and more Vietnamese select and trust local products? How can enterprises survive in a harshly competitive retail market? How to build a domestic market where consumers trust producers and retailers?" were the main contents discussed at the Corporate Social Responsibility Calendar Forum on Consumer Issues held in Hanoi on September 17, 2014.Enhancing CSR … [Read more...]

Clean Up the World 2014 campaign in Vietnam

Thai Nguyen, September 25 (VNA)- The 2014 Clean Up The World campaign was launched on September 24 in the northern province of Thai Nguyen. This year's event, themed "Let's take action for a waste-free environment", is co-organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam in an attempt to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen called upon relevant authorities and members of the public to implement practical measures to jointly protect the environment, including the mobilisation and diversification of resources. … [Read more...]

Clean Up the World 2014 campaign observed in Vietnam

The 2014 Clean Up The World campaign was launched on September 24 in the northern province of Thai Nguyen. This year's event, themed "Let's take action for a waste-free environment", is co-organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment and the Australian Embassy in Vietnam in an attempt to enhance the public's awareness of the importance of protecting the environment. Speaking at the ceremony, Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen called upon relevant authorities and members of the public to implement practical measures to jointly protect the environment, including the mobilisation and diversification of resources. … [Read more...]

Clean up the World campaign 2014 launched

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(VOVworld) - The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment has launched the national campaign "Take action for a waste-free environment" in the northern province of Thai Nguyen, in response to the global campaign "Clean up the world". The campaign aims to increase the public's awareness of environmental protection, pollution and waste, in a bid to contribute to global environmental efforts. The ministry calls upon local authorities, organizations, enterprises, and individuals all over the country to protect the environment and take practical actions, including reducing, reusing and recycling waste. … [Read more...]

“Clean up the world” national campaign 2014 kicks off in Thai Nguyen

The national campaign themed "Clean up the world" has been kicked off in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on September 24 by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment. This year's event with the message "Take action for a waste-free environment" aims to increase the public's awareness of environmental protection, pollution and waste, in a bid to contribute to global environmental efforts. The People's Committee of Thai Nguyen Province awarded 30 prizes and certificates of merits to organizations and individuals for their outstanding contribution and works in environmental protection. … [Read more...]

Social News 24/9

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Pink-eye spreads throughout northern region Kindergarten and primary schools in northern provinces have been hit by an outbreak of pink-eye disease (conjunctivitis). … [Read more...]

Waste reduction campaign to be launched

The Ministry of Natural Resources and the Environment is kicking off the national campaign "Take action for a waste-free environment" in the northern province of Thai Nguyen on September 24, in response to the global campaign "Clean up the world". The campaign aims to increase the public's awareness of environmental protection, pollution and waste, in a bid to contribute to global environmental efforts. The ministry calls upon local authorities, organisations, enterprises and individuals all over the country to protect the environment and take practical actions, including reducing, reusing and recycling waste; limiting plastic bag use; planting trees and cleaning up residential areas. … [Read more...]

Promoting green consumption and manufacture through Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling

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​In the morning February 18th,Vietnam Environmental Administration in collaboration with United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) organized a workshop for launching the project "Promoting consumption, green manufacture through Sustainable Public Procurement and Ecolabelling" - Vietnam component (referred to as project SPPEL). The project SPPEL will be implemented for three years (2014-2016) in Hanoi and some provinces/cities in Vietnam. The project will support Vietnam governmental agencies in capacity building and technical improvement to develop and implement policy on promoting consumption, green manufacture through sustainable public procurement and ecolabelling so as to achieve maximum effectiveness of the two tools. … [Read more...]

Vietnam develops towards green economy

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The Hanoitimes - A forum on creating a greener Vietnamese economy took place in Hanoi from February 28 to March 1 with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong attending. Discussions at the forum helped publicise the Government's policies for the development of a green economy and raise public awareness of the effective and eco-friendly use of natural resources. Addressing the forum, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc said a green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities . According to the United Nations Environment Programme, "in its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon , resource efficient and socially inclusive." Last September, the Government approved a national strategy on green growth, showing Vietnam 's prioritisation of sustainable development. The aim of … [Read more...]

Vietnam pursues green economy

Discussions at the forum helped publicise the Government's policies for the development of a green economy and raise public awareness of the effective and eco-friendly use of natural resources. A green economy forum for sustainable development was held in Hanoi from February 28- March 1 with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly (NA) Tong Thi Phong in attendance. Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc said a green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities. … [Read more...]

Vietnam pursues green economy: forum

A forum on creating a greener Vietnamese economy took place in Hanoi from February 28 to March 1 with Vice Chairwoman of the National Assembly Tong Thi Phong attending. Discussions at the forum helped publicise the Government's policies for the development of a green economy and raise public awareness of the effective and eco-friendly use of natural resources. Addressing the forum, Deputy Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Nguyen Linh Ngoc said a green economy is one that results in improved human well-being and social equity, while significantly reducing environmental risks and ecological scarcities . According to the United Nations Environment Programme, "in its simplest expression, a green economy can be thought of as one which is low carbon , resource efficient and socially inclusive." Last September, the Government approved a national strategy on green growth, showing Vietnam 's prioritisation of sustainable development. The aim of the strategy is to … [Read more...]

Workshop focuses on sustainable procurement

A start-up workshop of the project "Stimulating the demand and supply of sustainable products through sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling" (SPPEL) took place in Hanoi on February 18. Speaking at the workshop co-organised by the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment and the United Nations Environment Programme, Deputy Minister Bui Cach Tuyen said that the SPPEL project aims to combine green production and green consumption in order to obtain the maximum effectiveness of boosting sustainable procurement. Through this start-up workshop, Vietnam will join in implementing this project with other nations like Brazil, Indonesia and the Philippines, with the aim to improve the capacity of making and implementing policies on sustainable public procurement and eco-labelling. During the event, delegates gave their opinions on how to promote green public procurement in Vietnam. They stressed the need for the Government to expand activities to raise people's … [Read more...]

Zayed International Prize for the Environment Honours Top Environmentalists

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​A renowned conservationist and advocate for the earth's marine and polar environments, His Serene Highness Prince Albert II of Monaco was honoured for the prolific environmental work carried out by the Prince Albert II Foundation, which he founded in 2006 after traveling to the North Pole and witnessing the effects of climate change on the Arctic's weakening ice. The Zayed International Prize for the Environment is the most prestigious and valuable international environmental award worldwide worth US$ 1 million The Foundation has tackled a number of issues related to biodiversity, water security and energy efficiency. It took up the protection of the Bluefin tuna in 2008, and, as a result of its efforts, a moratorium on the fish has been implemented in Monaco - the world's first 'Bluefin tuna free' country. Winners of the other two Zayed awards-the 2nd category for Scientific and or Technological Achievement in Environment and the 3rd for Environmental Action Leading to Positive … [Read more...]

Jan Dusik Appointed Director of the UNEP Regional Office for Europe

Jan Dusik, a longtime champion of sustainable development both at the intergovernmental level and in his native Czech Republic, has been appointed as the new Director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) Regional Office for Europe.

​ Mr. Dusik has been a staunch advocate of UNEP's work supporting the global transition to an inclusive green economy, representing the organization at a number of major international venues Mr. Dusik joined UNEP in July 2011 as the Deputy Director of the Regional Office for Europe, assuming the role of Acting Director and Regional Representative later that year. Born in 1975 in Plzen, Czech Republic, Mr. Dusik graduated with a Doctorate in Law in 2001 from the Law School of the Charles University in Prague. In 2002, he received a Master's of Science in Environmental Change and Management from the University of Oxford, United Kingdom. Between 1998 and 2009 he held progressively responsible functions in the Ministry of Environment of the Czech Republic, including heading the European Union Department, through the Director General for International Relations, Deputy and First Deputy Minister. Mr. Dusik was the lead coordinator for the Czech Republic's Presidency of the EU … [Read more...]