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UN captures 'a day in the life' of development in Viet Nam

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HA NOI – A New York based United Nations Television (UNTV) crew completed a mission to Viet Nam last week, visiting and filming four UN projects in the northern provinces of Viet Nam.

Each year, UNTV produces over fifty short video documentaries on UN projects being undertaken in countries around the world. The documentaries are broadcast as part of the UN in Action series, televised worldwide through national broadcasters and aired weekly by the CNN World Report.

Playing an important advocacy role for the UN system, the video documentaries communicate to a broader audience the successful results of the UN's development efforts around the world, whilst also showcasing the featured country and its people.


Budding Women Photographers vie for Top Award

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Dozens of entries in the Vietnamese Women in the Year 2000 National Photographic Competition have been received by the Au Co women's photography club of Ha Noi.

The competition, focusing on the role of women in development in Viet Nam, was launched on International Women's Day on 8 March 2000, to increase opportunities for budding female photographers and to project positive images of Vietnamese women in development.


United Nations call for action on World Environment Day in Viet Nam

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HO CHI MINH CITY — This year's World Environment Day theme — "A Time to Act" — has never been more apt. As Kofi Annan, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, noted in his World Environment Day speech, "never in the history of mankind have we done so much, in so little time, to destroy the wonderful ecosystem that sustains us. The repercussions of our destructive action will be felt for generations to come. It may take us another millennium to put things right."

Over the past decade, Viet Nam has made significant progress in protecting the environment by preparing a national environmental strategy, creating a ministry responsible for the environment, and passing a national law on environmental protection. However, the situation in Viet Nam remains serious.


Women Seen Through Their Own Eyes International Women's Day – 8 March 2000, Ha Noi

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Today, to mark the first International Women's Day of the new millennium, the United Nations in Viet Nam is focussing on the role of women in development. This focus on women is through the medium of photography.

Women currently represent only 17 of the approximately 500 members of the Viet Nam Photography Association. As a step towards enhancing women's opportunities in the field of photography, the UN is supporting Au Co, the women's photography club of Ha Noi to work with the Viet Nam Women's Union and the Viet Nam Association of Photography to conduct a national women's photography competition, in which the positive images of women will be captured. This important initiative is being funded by UN agencies with programmatic activities in Viet Nam – FAO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDCP, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UNHCR, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNIFEM, UNV, WFP and WHO.


Statement by Mark Malloch Brown Administrator United Nations Development Programme and Chairman of the Committee of Co-sponsoring Organizations of UNAIDS

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Security Council

New York, 10 January 2000

Mr. Vice-President, Mr. Secretary-General, Jim Wolfensohn, Ambassadors, Ladies and Gentlemen,

Mr. Vice-President, on behalf of all of us in the UN community, thank you for being here in this room, on this issue at this time.

You have heard the statistics and also what can be said, in words, of the human impact: HIV/AIDS in sub-Saharan Africa amounts to 23.3 million of the 36 million affected individuals worldwide, 69 per cent of the total number of HIV/AIDS cases.


UN Background studies for 1999 Consultative Group Meeting

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The United Nations in Viet Nam today released four background studies to coincide with the annual meeting of the Consultative Group. The four reports are: Looking Ahead—A Common Country Assessment; An Overview of Official Development Assistance in Viet Nam; Viet Nam's Development Partners; and Basic Social Services in Viet Nam.

Looking Ahead is a situation analysis of Viet Nam produced jointly by the UN agencies in Viet Nam. It covers a wide range of issues related to Government and UN priorities, including modernisation and industrialisation; rural development; poverty reduction; governance; population; labour; health; basic education; and environmental and natural resource management. The report, which is co-signed by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, highlights key issues for attention and proposes some concrete recommendations for action. It concludes that progress in most of the above areas has been, and will continue to be, heavily dependent on effective governance.


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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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