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For a stronger and more coherent UN Voice

To answer calls for a stronger and more coherent UN voice on key development challenges in Viet Nam, the One UN Communications Team was established in late 2006. This unique reform initiative brings together a team of communication specialists from UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF, UNAIDS, UN Women and UNV, working together under a single manager. The team follows a common workplan to support the UN-wide advocacy and communication agenda, the internal and external communication needs of the One UN Initiative, and the agency specific communication needs of the six participating organizations.

During the nine years of its existence, the team has helped put key advocacy issues for the UN high on the public agenda, create a clear and strong UN voice where needed and provide high-quality support to the communication needs of the participating organizations. This has helped increase the coherence of UN advocacy messages and has significantly advanced the positioning of the UN on key themes. Finally, the experience of the One UN Communications Team has helped inform the rest of the proposed organizational changes for the UN in Viet Nam under the One UN Initiative.


More effective advocacy — By promoting a common UN position on issues that multiple agencies address – such as climate change, human rights, health, poverty reduction and social equity – policy and other recommendations are clarified and strengthened.

Greater harmonization and better use of media — Due to greater collaboration between agencies there is now less competition for the same media space. Media contacts appreciate having one main point of contact for UN communications and contact the team to request interviews, get answers to questions on key UN issues, or inquire about upcoming events.

Clear, targeted and more consistent messages — Messaging by the UN in Viet Nam is now more unified and comprehensive, based on the identified priority advocacy themes for the UN Country Team as a whole, including the Millennium Declaration MDGs and the evolving Post 2015 Development Ageda. Rather than several messages sent to the media from different UN organizations, the communications team coordinates and integrates the positions of various UN agencies, when appropriate, into one media release, press conference or article.

A "one-stop shop" for communication resources and expertise —UN internal communication and much of the UN's external communication, is now handled by one team, providing high quality, professional services. The team has developed strong contacts with the media, written guidelines and tips for better communication and developed processes for how agencies can undertake more effective communication. The size of the team gives staff members greater opportunity to specialize in their area(s) of strength, while exposing staff to a greater learning opportunities.

A catalyst for change — The team consistently promotes and tries to demonstrate in practice the principle of "Delivering as One", and this has generated interest both in Viet Nam and from other UN Country Teams.



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.


The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls


25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary


Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.