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Award ceremony to honor winners from the video competition on extreme disaster events

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1st prizeHa Noi, 22 May 2018 – Today, on the Day of Viet Nam National Disaster Prevention and Control, the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced nine winners of the first-ever video competition "Extreme disaster events in Viet Nam: Lessons from the past, actions for the future". The competition aimed to raise awareness and promoted communication on disaster prevention to help communities better understand natural disasters' impacts and encourage their active participation in preparedness and response. The competition also supported the Sendai Framework targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievements that aim to reduce loss of life and damage caused by natural hazards.


Message from the United Nations in Viet Nam about Zero Tolerance against Sexual Harassment

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New RC_800Ha Noi, 21 May 2018 - As the courage of #MeToo speakers across the world forces a reconsideration of how violence against women is managed and ended, we express our solidarity with victims and with the pressure for change. This is as urgent in Viet Nam as it is in the rest of the world. For far too long, there has been denial and minimization of sexual abuse as well as negative consequences for victims who dare to name their experiences. These are gendered experiences: the majority of perpetrators are men and the majority of victims are women - a reflection of how power is distributed at home, at work, and in the public space.


UNESCO, in collaboration with SWEDESD, organized a Regional Workshop on Advancing ESD Policy in the Mekong region in Ha Noi

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IMG 0781Ha Noi, 8 May 2018 - On 8-9 May 2018, the Regional Workshop on Advancing ESD Policy in the Mekong Region was organized in Ha Noi within the framework of the project "Strengthening ESD Policy in Viet Nam" supported by the Government of Japan. The workshop, a joint effort of UNESCO and the Uppsala University's Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD), brought together participants from five Mekong countries: Cambodia, Lao PDR, Myanmar, Thailand and Viet Nam.


The UN in Viet Nam Reiterates Its Support for L.G.B.T.I. People on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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IDAHOTHa Noi (Viet Nam), 17 May 2018 – The United Nations in Viet Nam stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities and organizations around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, joining the "Alliance for Solidarity" – the 2018 IDAHOT theme.


UNICEF and the business community launch a campaign to promote breastfeeding for female workers

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female worker_680Ho Chi Minh City, 15th May 2018 – UNICEF is partnering with private sector to launch a joint campaign “Sixty minutes working as a mom” to promote breastfeeding at the workplace.  In collaboration with iCare Benefits, the campaign will be rolled out in Pou Yuen Viet Nam, the largest footwear factory in the country employing approximately 74,000 workers, 82 per cent of whom are women. Key messages address the common misunderstandings and barriers among factory workers relating to breastfeeding in the workplace. The campaign highlight how female workers can effectively use the 60-minute paid lactation breaks granted by the law for those raising children below 12 months of age.


UNFPA Viet Nam Statement on Singer Pham Anh Khoa

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HA NOI, 14 May 2018 – In the wake of allegations of sexual harassment against the popular singer Pham Anh Khoa, initially disseminated via social media, UNFPA Viet Nam is dissolving its partnership with Mr. Pham Anh Khoa who had served as an activist on the prevention of violence against women and girls in the country.


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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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