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Country report: 15 years achieving the Viet Nam Millennium Development Goals

Date added: 09/19/2015
Downloads: 6360
Country report: 15 years achieving the Viet Nam Millennium Development Goals

This report documents the progress/ results of Viet Nam in implementing MDGs throughout the period from 2001 to 2015. Along this 15-year journey of moving towards MDG achievement, after the first report compiled by UNDP in 2002, the country has developed annual Country Reports in 2005, 2008, 2010 and 2013 that described the progress for each time period. This report concludes that process by providing a broad-based and insightful review of achievement as well as challenges faced by Viet Nam during the whole MDG period, and provides perspectives for the country’s development beyond 2015.

This report comprises four main chapters. Chapter 1 provides detailed analysis of Viet Nam’s socio-economic development context in three developmental stages: 2001-2005, 2006-2010, and 2011-2015. Chapter 2 analyzes the country’s results for the eight MDGs; it reviews both successes and identifies challenges hindering the completion of MDGs. Chapter 3 highlights key lessons learnt from good practices throughout implementation period of MDGs from 2000 to 2015. The key lessons learnt include poverty reduction, mobilization of international resources, decentralization and strengthening ownership, capacity building, and international integration. Chapter 4 examines the challenges that Viet Nam is likely to face in the post-2015 period, while also addressing the potential opportunities that the country needs to embrace to achieve developmental success. The report uses statistics and information collected from government and UN agencies to offer valuable and reliable insights on the country’s progress in MDGs implementation.

A Million Voices: The World We Want

Date added: 09/11/2013
Downloads: 11021
A Million Voices: The World We Want

The UN in Viet Nam has been conducting consultations to reach out to the most vulnerable groups: over 1,300 people were consulted on their vision for the future after 2015. The report “A Million Voices: The World We Want”, covering interesting voices from Viet Nam, together with the voices of more than 1 million people worldwide is the culmination of the consultation process.

Consolidated Report on Viet Nam’s Post-2015 Consultation Process

Date added: 06/28/2013
Downloads: 10311
Consolidated Report on Viet Nam’s Post-2015 Consultation Process

This report is the United Nations (UN) in Viet Nam’s contribution to the global discussion on a Post-2015 Development Agenda. It presents the outcomes from a consultation process that took place between November 2012 and March 2013, with representatives from eight target groups throughout the country. As part of the consultations, over 1,320 men, women, young people and children were asked what kind of future they would like post-2015, when the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) expire.

The eight groups were selected on the basis that they do not usually have a voice in formal consultation processes and comprised ethnic minorities, older people, people living with HIV/AIDS, people with disabilities, the private sector, the rural poor, the urban poor and young people.


Factsheet for MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability

Date added: 09/27/2010
Downloads: 15611
Factsheet for MDG 7: Ensure environmental sustainability


Viet Nam has been making commendable progress on environmental sustainability but is unlikely to achieve MDG 7 by 2015. Climate change is widening the gaps in reaching key targets of the goal.

Achievements made so far include the inclusion of sustainable development principles into the socio-economic development strategy (2011-2020) and socio-economic development plans (2006-2010 and 2011-2015). Forest coverage has increased from 28.8 percent in 1990 to 39.5 percent of total land in 2010. More than 96 percent of all households have access to modern energy and are connected to the electricity grid.

Although Viet Nam’s green-house gas emissions are low, accounting for only 0.3 percent of the global emissions in 2004, CO2 emissions per capita increased four times in the period 1990-2008. Energy use (kilogram oil equivalent) per $1,000 GDP (PPP) was reduced from 407 in 1990 to 267 in 2008.

Meanwhile, 92 percent of households had access to safe drinking water in 2011, up from 78.7 percent in 2000. Rural households with access to safe water rose from 73.5 to 89.4 percent over the last decade. In 2011, 78 percent of all households and 71.4 percent of rural households had access to sanitary latrines, up from 44.1 percent and 32.5 percent in 2000 respectively. The proportion of the population living in temporary housing fell from 15.9 percent in 1999 to 7.8 percent in 2009.

Factsheet for MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Date added: 09/27/2010
Downloads: 9306
Factsheet for MDG 6: Combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases

Viet Nam has made significant improvements in the legal and policy framework in recent years, and has a sound national strategy and plans in place for responding to HIV. The HIV prevalence rate is estimated at 0.28 per cent for all age groups in 2010. The scope of anti-retroviral treatment has expanded from an estimated 30 per cent in 2007 to 53.7 per cent in 2009.

Impressive progress on prevention and control of malaria shows that Viet Nam has already achieved the MDG target on malaria control. Viet Nam is also acknowledged to have done a good job in controlling other epidemics such as SARS, H5N1 and H1N1.

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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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