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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.




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.