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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

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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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [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 … [Read more...]

UNEP Invites Nominations for 2014 Champions of the Earth Award

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UNEP's Champions of the Earth-lauded each year in the fields of Policy and Leadership, Science and Innovation, Entrepreneurial Vision, and Inspiration and Action-serve as an inspiration for transformative action as the world transitions to an inclusive Green Economy. ​The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) is inviting nominations for the 2014 Champions of the Earth Award, which honours visionaries whose actions and leadership have had a positive impact on the environment. Previous … [Read more...]

Landmark agreement sets in motion action to restore Iraqs environment as new study outlines magnitude of deterioration

According to a new government study - backed by UN and World Bank data- 5 to 8 per cent of Iraq's GDP is lost annually to environmental degradation.

Iraq's environment has suffered severe decline, exacerbated by decades of war and growing pressures on natural resources. ​In an effort to set in motion robust action to restore Iraq's fast deteriorating environment, the Government of Iraq signed, Sunday, Jan 26, a landmark agreement with the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) that aims to speed up recovery and support national development goals. At the same time, 39 per cent of Iraq's agricultural land suffered a reduction in … [Read more...]

Inquiry into the Design of a Sustainable Financial System

​In the wake of the global financial crisis, there is growing recognition that the financial system must be not only sound and stable, but also sustainable in the way it enables the transition to a low-carbon, green economy.

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) launched an Inquiry today into policy options for guiding the global financial system to invest in the transition to a green economy. The Inquiry, extending over 18 months to mid-2015, aims to engage, inform and guide policy makers, financial market actors and other stakeholders concerned with the health of the financial system and its potential for shaping the future economy. In addressing its core aim, it will map current best practice, draw … [Read more...]