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July 10, 2014

HANOI, July 10, 2014 -- The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched its first-ever Biodiversity Policy in Washington on July 8, setting forth an ambitious vision of conserving biodiversity globally for sustainable long-term development.

Over the past 50 years, the world has seen more progress toward economic prosperity and human development than during any other time in human history, but at the same time, humans have altered the environment at an alarming rate, with sometimes dire consequences for biodiversity and the ecosystem services that sustain our life. Vietnam is ranked as the 16th most biodiversity rich country in the world and also a major hub for wildlife trafficking, supplying domestic and international markets with a variety of live animals, animal parts and medicinal plants. Under the new policy, Vietnam is identified by USAID as a priority country for biodiversity programming.

June 19, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission in Vietnam recently announced funding opportunities through its Vietnam Disabilities Annual Program Statement (APS). The APS represents an invitation to Vietnamese and international non-governmental organizations to submit concept papers for programs that support a more inclusive Vietnam by expanding opportunities for persons with disabilities.

Eye screening for kindergarten children in Quoc Oai district of Hanoi
June 10, 2014

Over 15,000 primary and secondary students in Quoc Oai district of Hanoi have received vision screenings with those in need receiving quality eyeglasses under an eye care project funded by the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) through a grant provided to Advancing and Partners Communities/JSI.

June 6, 2014

With support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Vietnam’s Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), in cooperation with Nam Dinh People’s Committee and the Management Board of Biosphere Reserve of Inter-provincial Coastal Wetlands of Red River Delta, organized a two-day symposium to promote coherent climate change adaptation actions for the entire Red River Delta.

Representatives from provincial departments of construction participate in a panel discussion on energy efficiency.
May 6, 2014

The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and Vietnam’s Ministry of Construction (MOC) launched a technical assistance and training program under USAID’s Vietnam Clean Energy Program to promote energy efficiency in the building sector.  The long-term objective of the program is to support Vietnam’s sustainable growth by reducing greenhouse gas emissions through the more efficient usage of electricity in the building sector.

Acting Senior Deputy Assistant Administrator Jason Foley speaks at the launching ceremony.
May 6, 2014

Over the past decade Vietnam has experienced exponential economic growth. While this is an enviable position to be in, I understand there are serious concerns as to how the country is going to fuel this rapid expansion. By implementing a robust program to promote energy efficiency, the Ministry of Construction can have a meaningful effect on national rates of energy consumption and save significant amounts in power production to boost energy security.  Another significant impact is the lowering of growth in greenhouse gas emissions.

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