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road safety_01Mr Tran Van Dien 34 years, picks his nine-year-old son, Tran Van Kha after school at 11 am everyday by motorbike with helmet. (c) UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet Hung

Hanoi, 25 April 2017 -- Viet Nam will mark the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week on 8 - 14 May 2017. Launched by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam, the Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.



Every year the lives of approximately 1.25 million people worldwide are cut short as a result of a road traffic crash. Additionally, between 20 and 50 million more people suffer non-fatal injuries, often resulting in disability and economic hardship as road traffic injuries cause considerable economic losses to victims, their families, and to the country as a whole. According to the National Traffic Safety Committee, in 2016 road traffic accidents claimed nearly 9,000 lives and caused tens of thousands of injuries in Viet Nam, putting a considerable burden on the society through lost or reduced productivity and the cost of treatment for injuries. With over 1,900 children dying every year, road traffic accidents are the second leading cause of death and serious injury for children, behind drowning, accounting for 27 per cent of deaths in the 0-19 age group. Among adolescents aged 15-19, road traffic accidents remain the leading cause of death with 50 per cent.

"Speeding is a major risk factor for road traffic crashes in Viet Nam" said Dr. Lokky Wai, WHO Representative in Viet Nam, highlighting the fact that road traffic injuries are largely preventable. "By slowing down, observing speed limits appropriate for the roads and not speeding, we make the roads safer for all. Reducing the average speed by just 5km per hour can help reduce 30% of fatal crashes" added the WHO Representative.

"Every year in Viet Nam the lives of thousands of families are torn apart by the loss of a child to a road accident that could have been prevented," said Jesper Moller, acting UNICEF Representative. "Our own individual behaviour as road users can have an impact to stem the tide of child road injury. Slowing down as a driver is the first thing that we can do that can save the lives of children."

Mr Dien and his son always wear helmet and drive his motorbike slowly for their own safety and others. (c) UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet HungMr Dien and his son always wear helmet and drive his motorbike slowly for their own safety and others. (c) UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet Hung

The United Nations in Viet Nam calls for setting and enforcing more appropriate speed limits in the country. Specifically, it strongly recommends policy makers to set a 50km/h limit for urban areas and a particular limit of 30km/h for areas where children, pedestrians, cyclists or other vulnerable road users are commonly present, such as residential and schools areas. Consequently, roundabouts and speed humps should be built to support these measures.

WHO and UNICEF collaborate closely with the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC) and the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) to raise awareness and promote firm action against speeding and other major road safety risks.

For more information on the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week, visit: 

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  • Ms Tran Thi Loan, WHO Viet Nam, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
  • Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, UNICEF Viet Nam, Tel: (+84 4) 43850-0225, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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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Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


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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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