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50 years of family planning as a human right to ensure sustainable development

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IMG 3029HA NOI, VIET NAM, July 11, 2018 - The Health Minister of Viet Nam, civil society organisations and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Asia and the Pacific are reaffirming their commitment and support on World Population Day to ensuring universal access to family planning, leaving no one behind.


Launching event: Cultural House in Tam Thanh, Tam Ky, Quang Nam, funded by Mitsubishi through UNESCO

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Launching 2_Tam Ky, 28 June 2018 - The Inauguration ceremony of the Trung Thanh village, Tam Thanh commune, Tam Ky district, Quang Nam province, was jointly organized today by the UNESCO Office in Ha Noi and the Cooperative Alliance of Quang Nam. The event is conducted within the framework of the project aiming to enhance the participation of local communities in local cultural institutions funded by Mitsubishi Corporation through UNESCO Ha Noi.


Op-ed: The role of Parliamentarians in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Viet Nam

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Parliamentarian SDG

On 22 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly made the decision to designate 30 June as the International Day of Parliamentarism. On this occasion, we are reminded of the significant role of Parliaments in deciding countries' development paths and particularly in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the central aim of "Leaving No One Behind."


UNDP Administrator Visit to Viet Nam Focuses on Sustainable Development

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file-7Ha Noi, 26 June 2018 – Mr Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme Administrator and Vice-Chair of United Nations Sustainable Development Group, starts his visit to Viet Nam today where he will meet with senior government leaders of Viet Nam, UN officials and attend the sixth Global Environment Facility Assembly. The two-day visit will reaffirm the partnership between the Government of Viet Nam and the UN, focusing on the nation's sustainable development.



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IMG 2621Hanoi, 16 June, 2018 – At a meeting held in Hanoi to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the National Action Month on Drug Prevention and Control, H.E. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control and H.E. Kamal Malhotra, the United Nations Resident Coordinator joined leaders from related ministries including Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Justice. Other mass organizations were presented including civil society organizations, the media and hundreds of polices and students from the Hanoi National University.


Promoting Center of Excellence for Harvesting, packing operations, storage and transport of mango

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center of_excellenceDong Thap province, Vietnam, 19 June 2018 - The workshop was co-organized by the Dong Thap province People's Committee, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the United Nations Industrial Development Agency (UNIDO). This event is under the framework of the UNIDO Project "Strengthen the supply capacity of the fruit and vegetable sector by applying proper technologies along the value chain" which is part of the Joint UN Program "Support to the National Target Programme on New Rural Development".


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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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