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In March 2012, the United Nations signed a new five-year plan of cooperation with the Government of Viet Nam. The new One Plan 2012-2016, unlike the previous One Plan II, is the common programmatic framework for participating UN system agencies and is aligned with national planning cycles, in particular the 2011-2015 Socio-Economic Development Plan (SEDP). With one budget and one results matrix, it sets out a focused and coherent joint work programme based on national priorities and on the comparative advantages of participating UN agencies.

The One Plan was signed between the Government and 15 resident agencies: FAO, IFAD, ILO, IOM, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, WHO, as well as two non-resident UN agencies, ITC and UNEP.

Objectives and Outcomes

The strategic and rights-based One Plan is designed to help accelerate Viet Nam's progress to reach unmet MDGs, with UN support prioritized under the following three 'Focus Areas':

Focus Area 1: Inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth

Balances economic goals and social, human and environmental development, so the most vulnerable and disadvantaged also benefit from economic growth. Efforts to reduce environmental degradation, scale-up green production and promote energy-efficient, sustainable, green business models and economics are also supported. In addition, the UN assists disaster risk management and reduction efforts, with a focus on building resilience to environmental stresses and hazards at all levels.

Focus Area 2: Access to quality essential services and social protection

Assists Viet Nam to improve the quality of essential services, such as education and health, at all levels to ensure access for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. A more effective national social protection system that provides increased coverage, quality and equitable access is also a key focus.

Focus Area 3: Governance and participation

Supports enhanced governance and participation, in particular by and for the benefit of the most vulnerable members of society.




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.