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New-look UN Library Opens

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The United Nations Library has recently opened its doors following a merger between the reference units of the United Nations Development Programme and the United Nations Children's Fund. Publications from other UN agencies are also available.

"Staff from government agencies, non-government organisations, visiting missions and researchers are all welcome to visit the UN Library," said Mr. Edouard A. Wattez, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. "Information available includes documents on various development issues and statistics on the socio-economic situation in Viet Nam and the region, legal documents as well as reports on aid projects."


Major Donors Meet with Minister Gia at Milestone UN Meeting

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Viet Nam's major donors held a special meeting with Minister Tran Xuan Gia of MPI at the Hanoi office of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) today (27 May) to discuss some of the main concerns, priorities and challenges in improving the effectiveness of official development assistance (ODA) in Viet Nam.

The meeting was held under the auspices of the Donor Group Forum (DGF), which brings together senior Vietnamese officials and major donors on a monthly basis to facilitate development policy dialogue. Mr Edouard A. Wattez, UN Resident Coordinator, emphasised that the DGF is "aimed at developing common understandings on priority development issues, and exchanging ideas on how the donor community can best assist Viet Nam's successful and sustainable development".


UN and Donorsto Fund Special Women's Museum Exhibit

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The size of a giant cheque presented today to the Viet Nam Women's Museum represents the commitment of UN and donor agencies in Viet Nam to the advancement of women, said UN Resident Coordinator Mr Edouard A. Wattez.

Mr Wattez presented the 1.7 metre cheque to Museum director Mme Dao Thi Nhien at a special ceremony to help celebrate International Women's Day.


New United Nations Viet Nam Internet Site is Launched

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A new Web site bringing together all the United Nations agencies operating in Viet Nam under the one “virtual roof” was launched recently.

Substantive information about the UN, as well as its concrete actions in Viet Nam, can now be seen at

 The UN in Viet Nam home page contains a wealth of useful and interesting information on donor coordination; coming events; key documents such as “Issues papers on follow-up in Viet Nam to major world conferences”; latest news; the quarterly newsletter “UN News”; the UN Library; and general facts about Viet Nam.


UN Report offers advice on expanding choices for the rural poor

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The United Nations today released a report on human development in Viet Nam which addresses the social dimensions of the reform process in the country.

"Expanding Choices for the Rural Poor offers some frameworks for human development and the expansion of choices for the poorest and most vulnerable groups, especially in rural areas," said Mr Edouard A. Wattez, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam.


UN Special Assistance to Flood Victims

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United Nations agencies in Viet Nam have joined forces again to provide US$208,000 in emergency financial, technical and relief assistance for the victims of flood-ravaged Central Viet Nam.

Acting UN Resident Coordinator Julian Lefevre said today (Monday, 7 December) that the UN Disaster Management Team had met last week to prepare a coordinated, effective response to the devastating floods to ensure that the best possible assistance was delivered to those who needed it the most.



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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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