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New Museum Exhibit Celebrates Viet Nam's Commitment to Gender Equality

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A new exhibition at the Viet Nam Women's Museum, which celebrates the country's achievements in gender equality since the Fourth UN World Conference on Women in 1995, was opened today (20 Oct) by high-ranking Government and UN officials.

At the special launch, held as part of the UN's recognition of National Women's Day, were Mme Truong My Hoa, Vice-Chairman of the National Assembly, who headed the Vietnamese delegation to the Beijing Conference; Mme Ha Thi Khiet, President of the Women's Union; UN Resident Co-ordinator Edouard A. Wattez; heads of UN agencies, including UNDP, UNICEF, UNESCO, WFP, FAO, UNDCP, UNIDO, UNAIDS, UNFPA, WHO, ILO and World Bank; representatives from the donor community; and many women who attended the World Conference in Beijing, China.


Recipes to Combat Hunger and Poverty

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Hanoi—In marking the last International Day for Poverty Eradication this century, the United Nations in Viet Nam congratulates the Government and people of Viet Nam on achieving tremendous results in poverty reduction over the past five years. While poverty levels in many countries continue to increase, Viet Nam has worked consistently and diligently to address the causes of poverty and empower its poor citizens to take action to improve their standard of living.


New UN Agency in Viet Nam

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A new United Nations agency will open its doors in Viet Nam next week.

A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) resident office will begin operating for the first time in Viet Nam from September 14. Viet Nam has been a member of UNESCO for 48 years, almost from the inception of the organisation.

UN Resident Co-ordinator Edouard A. Wattez welcomed the agency into the UN family in Viet Nam which has now grown to 10 UN resident agencies, as well as the Bretton Woods Institutions (World Bank and the International Monetary Fund).


Momentum on women's advancement still going strong

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Four years after the UN Fourth World Conference for Women in Beijing, Ha Noi participants in the 1995 Conference gathered on Sunday 8 August to reflect on Viet Nam's follow up to this major event that put women's advancement firmly on the development agenda. "The atmosphere of the Conference is still in all of us", said Mme Le Thi Thu, Permanent Vice President of the Viet Nam Women's Union—who was President of the Women's Union in Ho Chi Minh City when she attended the Beijing Conference in 1995. On Sunday she described how she has integrated the ideals of the Conference, and the Platform for Action that developed from it, into her work.


Viet Nam Consultative Forum Informal Mid-Year Review, 13-15 June 1999

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Hai Phong. Government and ODA donors gathered for a three-day meeting in Hai Phong on 13-15 June. The purpose of the mid-year review by the Consultative Group was partly to review the follow-up to the policy and implementation resolutions and commitments made by the Government and the donor community at the annual Consultative Group forum, held in December last year in Paris. The meeting was also an opportunity for donors and the Government to continue their policy and ODA partnership dialogue in an informal setting.


World Environment Day, 5 June 1999

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Each year, on this day, people from around the world come together to celebrate World Environment Day. One of the UN's international days, World Environment Day has been wholeheartedly adopted by Viet Nam as a day on which to reflect on environmental issues of national and international importance, and look forward to how we can all take part in efforts to ensure that Viet Nam's environment will be preserved and enhanced for the generations to come. This year's World Environment Day theme "Our Earth - Our Future – Just Save It!" captures this idea that we need to take responsibility ourselves to protect our planet.


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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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