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Income security for older persons in Viet Nam: Social pensions policy brief

Date added: 09/18/2014
Downloads: 8560
Income security for older persons in Viet Nam: Social pensions policy brief

Viet Nam's record on economic growth and poverty reduction over the last two decades has been remarkable. However, between 2010 and 2012, income increased for most age groups except for those between 65 and 80 years. This policy brief, a new publication between the UNFPA and ILO in Viet Nam, provides data on social pensions for older persons Viet Nam in recent years. It also provides recommendations to the Government of Viet Nam to improve the outcomes of social protection policies for old age.

Sustainable poverty reduction and natural disaster risk management in the central coastal region

Date added: 06/05/2012
Downloads: 14856
Sustainable poverty reduction and natural disaster risk management in the central coastal region

Lessons learned and policy implications

The Central Coastal region is one of the most vulnerable to disasters and climate change in the country. In the context of the mid-year Consultative Group meeting held in Quang Tri, this paper focuses on the nexus between sustainable poverty reduction and disaster risk management and climate change adaptation, in particular in the Central Coastal region of Viet Nam. The paper highlights main policy messages, drawing on UN experiences providing programme and policy support to the Government in the Central Coastal region, and suggests main policy implications.

Factsheet - Joint Programme Green Production and Trade

Date added: 03/30/2011
Downloads: 17626
Factsheet - Joint Programme Green Production and Trade

The issue:
Viet Nam has achieved impressive economic progress since the doi moi (renovation) process was launched in 1986. Since 1993, real GDP growth has averaged 7.5% per year and the poverty rate has been reduced from 58% in 1993 to 13% in 2008. Growth has been driven by accelerated international integration, market liberalization and job creation in the private sector.

Factsheet - Joint Programme on Integrated Nutrition and Food Strategies

Date added: 03/30/2011
Downloads: 15799
Factsheet - Joint Programme on Integrated Nutrition and Food Strategies

The issue:
While Viet Nam has achieved a significant reduction in malnutrition among under-five children during the last three decades, malnutrition remains a public health priority.  There are important differences in food patterns between the highlands, midlands and mountainous areas, between urban and rural areas, and between ethnic groups. Many maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) core outcomes, such as like maternal mortality, child mortality and child malnutrition rates, are lagging behind in these areas compared to the rest of Viet Nam, especially among poor and disadvantaged groups.

Factsheet - Joint Programme in Kom Tum

Date added: 03/30/2011
Downloads: 16694
Factsheet - Joint Programme in Kom Tum

The issue:
Located in the Central Highlands region of the country, Kon Tum is one of the poorest provinces in Viet Nam, where large ethnic minority population reside. Of the total population of 389,745, approximately 53% belongs to various ethnic groups – Bana, Xedang, De, Trieng, G’rai, B’rou and R’mam.

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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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