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...]

Raising Business Productivity with Focus on Training

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Human resources are a key factor for the development of enterprises. Enterprises usually spare no effort to invest in the recruitment and training of manpower; however, sometimes results coming out are not as expected. Businesses are still face trouble finding suitable personnel, and the leadership has headaches with the questions: Why haven’t I received expected results even though having organised training and education? How can our staff have higher qualifications than other companies’ but not be as efficient? This is the main topic discussed at the Corporate Social Responsibility Forum themed "How to organise internal training to increase business productivity?" held on April 7 in Hanoi. This was one of the main events within the framework of the project "Improve Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) and Sustainable Consumption and Production in Vietnam", an initiative of the Office for Business Sustainable Development (SDforB) under the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and … [Read more...]

Vietnam to build National Communication under UNFCC

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Speaking at the seminar, Nguyen Khac Hieu, Deputy Director of the Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change said that implementing the obligations of the the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), Vietnam is building the third National Communication which is supported by the the Global Environment Fund through United Nations Environment Programme. In the morning of April 10 in Hanoi, Department of Meteorology, Hydrology and Climate Change organized a seminar on consultation of the preparedness for the third National Communication under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change." Currently, the third initial national communication has been completed. In March 2015, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has submitted the draft to the Ministry of Planning and Investment. Then, on April 8, the Ministry of Planning and Investment called for consultations from relevant ministries and agencies. As planned, the 3rd National … [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...]