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Talk-show on the International Day of Older Persons 1/10/2018: "Responding to population ageing in Viet Nam: the Way Forward"

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IMG 9400Talk-show on the International Day of Older Persons: "Responding to population ageing in Viet Nam: the Way Forward"

HA NOI, 01/10/2018 - A talk-show "Responding to population ageing in Viet Nam: the way forward" was held today in Ha Noi by the Viet Nam National Committee on Ageing, in collaboration with the Viet Nam Association of the Elderly, General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP), United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), and HelpAge International in Viet Nam.


Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

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shutterstock 22968360111 September 2018, Rome – New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released today. Limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk.


Green One UN House in Viet Nam Awarded by the World Green Building Council

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Singapore, 6 September 2018 – The Green One UN House (GOUNH) in Viet Nam was awarded the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award in the Institutional Category at the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) biennial Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards which recognizes iconic green buildings, up-and-coming innovators and inspiring companies driving change and creating a better future throughout the Asia-Pacific region.


Half of world’s teens experience peer violence in and around school – UNICEF

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Image20HondurasNEW YORK/HA NOI, 6 September 2018 – Half of students aged 13 to 15 worldwide – around 150 million – report having experienced peer-to-peer violence in and around school, according to a new report released by UNICEF today.


UNICEF and the French government join efforts to Improve International Adoption Standards in Viet Nam

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adoption signing_02_680Ha Noi, 23 August, 2018 – UNICEF and the French Embassy in Viet Nam have signed an agreement to officialize their collaboration to improve international adoption standards in Viet Nam. The two-year project will help to strengthen the legal and policy framework on adoption. It will also support a pilot project in two provinces on intercountry adoption in compliance with the international standards defined in the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention. Finally the project will help build capacity of agencies and organizations working on adoption, including on monitoring and supervision through training on alternative care and adoption processes and procedures.


Workshop on Dissemination of Viet Nam’s Voluntary National Review 2018 on SDGs

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VNR workshopHanoi, 24th August 2018 – Today, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)(*) co-organised a Workshop on the "Dissemination of Viet Nam's Voluntary National Review presented at High Level Political Forum 2018". The workshop was co-chaired by Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, MPI, Ms. Akiko Fujii, Co-chair of the UN Programme Management Team in Viet Nam, and Dr. Michael Krakowski, Director cum Chief Technical Advisor of the Macroeconomic Reforms/ Green Growth Programme, GIZ. The workshop attracted the participation of representatives from ministries, government agencies, UN agencies, embassies, business community, media, acamedia, NGOs and other international development agencies in Vietnam.


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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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