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1 in 7 babies worldwide born with a low birthweight but the number of low birthweight babies stayed almost constant in Viet Nam over 15 years. – The Lancet Global Health, UNICEF, WHO

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The number of low birthweight babies stayed almost constant in Viet Nam over 15 years.

NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA/HANOI, 16 May 2019 – More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015 - around one in seven of all births worldwide, according to the latest research undertaken by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO), published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Data from the report showed that Viet Nam has had the lowest low-birthweight rate in South East Asia & Oceania at 8.2 per cent in 2015. “This figure is most encouraging, said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam, “however as a national average, it does not give us the complete picture and is likely to hide important disparities, for example among the poorest mothers, 28 per cent of whom do not have institutional deliveries, and their newborn’s weight is not usually recorded”, she added.



UN in Viet Nam's Statement on IDAHOT 2019

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46018275 2294440340630471_2017807263799967744_oHa Noi (Viet Nam), 17 May 2019 – the United Nations in Viet Nam joins hands with all organizations around the world who are commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May focused on Justice and Protection for All.


Rana Flowers: New UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam

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Rana-blue-washed-web-UN-intranetHa Noi, 08 May 2018 - Rana Flowers has officially taken up duty as the new UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam in May 2019. With child rights and the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals high on her agenda, she has joined the UNICEF team in catalyzing change for children together with the Government of Viet Nam. The Viet Nam-UNICEF programme of cooperation is underpinned by a commitment to reach every child, particularly the most vulnerable, ensuring that each has a fair chance to reach her or his full potential and benefit from the country’s prosperity.


UN Women supports Viet Nam’s review on the implementation of Beijing +25

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7 May, Hai Phong City, Viet Nam – The Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) with the support of UN Women have discussed and prepared for Viet Nam's review report on the 25-year implementation of the Beijing Platform for Action (BPfA), one of the world's most comprehensive documents on women's rights and the empowerment of women.


‘WE ARE ABLE’ (Achieving Better Living and Education) – a new UNESCO initiative puts the voices of Ethnic Minority girls and women first

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IMG 2604Green One UN House, Hanoi, 25 April 2019 - Together with its strategic partners, the Ministry of Education and Training and CJ Group (Republic of Korea), UNESCO announces the inception of 'We Are Able', a new three-year project, funded by the UNESCO Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education with financial support from CJ Group. The project aims to improve access and retention of ethnic minority children, especially girls in lower secondary school, and to improve employment opportunities for ethnic minority girls and women.


Over 20 million children worldwide missed out on measles vaccine annually in past 8 years, creating a pathway to current global outbreaks - UNICEF

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C55A1804NEW YORK, 25 April 2019 – An estimated 169 million children missed out on the first dose of the measles vaccine between 2010 and 2017, or 21.1 million children a year on average, UNICEF said today.

Widening pockets of unvaccinated children have created a pathway to the measles outbreaks hitting several countries around the world today.


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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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