Panel 2 (Morning): Vietnam – Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in local and urban communities

Implementation of Sustainable Development Goals in local and urban communities

Thuy Nguyen

Thuy Nguyen

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…has a long-term interest in urban studies. She completed her master on Urban Governance in 2009 at IHS, Erasmus University and achieved her Ph.D. Urban Housing Studies in Lincoln University, New Zealand in 2018. For nearly 15 years, Nguyen has been working on international projects building capacity for urban governments to improve public services and promote sustainable urban development. In 2018, Ms Nguyen involved in the V-LED project that mainstreams low emission development strategies in local planning, funded by the Federal Ministry for Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety. In 2019 she co-authored a report on Best Practices of urban participatory governance in Vietnam, funded by the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung (KAS) in Vietnam. She is now the project coordinator for the project on Improving Municipal Solid Waste Management (VnSWM project).
Vietnam has been active in nationalizing Vietnamese Sustainable Development Goals (VSDGs) through the national planning system. VSDGs, also addresses urban issues in SDG 11 that has been operationalized through New Urban Agenda 2030 by UN-Habitat and key urban actors. Different international-funded initiatives have been conducted by the Ministry of Construction, Un-Habitat Vietnam and the Association of Cities of Vietnam through international cooperation programs. Although the country has reported the achievement of some SDGs, challenges remains (i.e. poor housing conditions, municipal solid waste, traffic congestions, ext). These challenges result from existing urban governance issues and require solutions to, among others, strengthen national urban policy framework, enhance cross-sectoral coordination, and enhance decentralization to empower cities to play their potential role in implementing SDGs.

Katrin Anders

Katrin Anders


…works for the city of Wernigerode since 2014. She was responsible for project management, city partnerships and supra-regional panels in the mayor’s office. Meanwhile she is in charge of city development and demography in the city planning office. Her work includes funded projects in the field of urban green/biological diversity, climate protection, development cooperation.
Since 2013, Wernigerode and Hoi An in Vietnam have been the first official partnership of German and Vietnamese municipalities. 2016, the cities entered into a funded municipal climate partnership, through which some projects have already been implemented together.
Before working for the city of Wernigerode, Katrin Anders helped to set up the National Park Centrum Kellerwald and managed it for 5 years
She studied European Ethnology, Biology and German Studies at the Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau and Glasgow (Scotland). Her focus was on the interaction of man, nature and culture. Prior to her studies, she worked as a volunteer for a year in nature conservation.