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Youth raise their voices and share perspectives on transforming education in commemoration of the 2019 International Youth Day

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IMG 8182DONG VAN TOWN – HA GIANG PROVINCE, 11 August 2019 – A group of Vietnamese young people today gathered in Dong Van town, Ha Giang province to discuss, share their perspectives and have their voices heard on transforming education at a policy dialogue with the leaders and representatives of Ha Giang Peoples' Committee, Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union and relevant stakeholders.

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With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert

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 3 June 2019 - An independent UN expert said on Monday that the failure of governments across the world to ensure clear air, constitutes a "violation of the rights to life, health and well-being, as well as the right to live in a healthy environment."

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#EarlyMomentsMatter Parenting Month: 1 UN joint statement calling for family leave and childcare

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31 May 2019 - We, the Heads of UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNDP and UNFPA, representing over 37,000 UN staff members under the United Nations Common System, are committed to strong gender-responsive, family-friendly policies for all United Nations staff. We are committed to achieving, inter-alia, paid parental leave for all parents regardless of gender, including parents who adopt, foster, or have children through surrogacy or assisted reproductive technology; flexible working arrangements for parents; designated private rooms and appropriate breaks for nursing and pumping; and child-care support for parents with young children.

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UN in Viet Nam's Statement on IDAHOT 2019

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46018275 2294440340630471_2017807263799967744_oHa Noi (Viet Nam), 17 May 2019 – the United Nations in Viet Nam joins hands with all organizations around the world who are commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May focused on Justice and Protection for All.

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ASEAN countries, partners to scale up rabies elimination efforts

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PD3A9606HANOI, 4 December 2018 – More than 100 representatives from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Member States, regional and international organizations, including ASEAN, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Organization for Animal Health (OIE), and World Health Organization (WHO), donor agencies and other One Health partners have agreed to accelerate regional and country initiatives as they reiterated their commitment in tackling rabies during the ASEAN-Tripartite Rabies Meeting in Hanoi, 4-6 December.

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First international conference to support Viet Nam's peacekeeping aspirations

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peacekeeping 01Ha Noi, 23 November 2018 – The first-ever international conference on Viet Nam's peacekeeping operations was held in Thach That district, Ha Noi on 23 November to help the country realize its aspirations to actively engage in peacekeeping, as part of a more active foreign policy agenda it is pursuing.

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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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