UN-Habitat has been working with the government of Vietnam since 1990 and established its country office in 2007. UN-Habitat supports the government of Vietnam in addressing emerging challenges in urban planning and management, climate change and resilience, and collaborates with city authorities promoting efficient and effective city governance and enhance capacity on city development and management. UN-Habitat programmes and projects in Vietnam focus on the key determinants for sustainable urbanization and inclusive urban development in line with One UN Plan and national priorities.

Population (2018)
96.5 million
Total value of projects
US$ 1,992,268
No. of projects (2014 - 2019)
Total: 11

Vietnam urban sector has been the driving force for economic growth. However, cities are lack of capacity in terms of prioritizing planning and development needs to gain the dividends of progressive economic development. The centralized decision-making process hinders the more inclusive and participatory planning approach which can promote city competitiveness and sustainable development.

Despite its rapid growth on both economic and social context, Vietnam is one of the world’s most vulnerable countries to climate change impact, including but not limited to; sea level rise, longer and more severe droughts, flooding and tropical cyclones; as is typical with climate change in this region the poorest are the most exposed. By 2050, a 1–3% loss in real GDP is predicted from climate change impacts.

Seven cities were supported in formulating Community-Based, Participatory City Development Strategies.
Public spaces in Hoan Kiem district developed through participatory, community-based and youth-led approach
Capacity on the urban observatory and statistical systems for evident-based urban development, planning and policies strengthened providing Government Statistics Office with technical support
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Urban growth has not been matched by sufficient growth in basic infrastructure, decent housing, low-emission transportation and equitable service delivery
Vietnam is susceptible to typhoons, floods, droughts, sea water intrusion, landslides, forest fires and occasional earthquakes because of its topography
Internal migration is leading to rapid urbanization, with the urban population now accounting for nearly 35 percent of the total

Leaving no one and no place behind

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Human rights principles are promoted through advocacy and knowledge sharing activities and rights-based principles in people’s process approach are used in field-based interventions.

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The country programme promotes gender equity with effective participation and contribution of women  in policy dialogues, advocacy and knowledge sharing activities through capacity building programmes

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UN-Habitat maximized its impact on youth employment by adopting implementation through community-based interventions which include training and skill development for youth. Engagement of youth in the formation of primary community groups in urban poverty reduction initiatives has been part of the modalities in projects. 

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Sustainable urban development can only be achieved if persons with disabilities are included meaningfully in decision-making and are able to access their rights. UN-Habitat partners with representative groups and individual rights holders, as well as national and local governments, relevant UN bodies and civil society to maximize impact and to meaningfully ensure that the rights including accessibility and universal design of persons with disabilities are promoted, respected and protected. 

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Nguyen Quang
Habitat Programme Manager
UN-Habitat Office Vietnam

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