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Young migrants: in search of a better life, but at a cost!

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As published in on Monday, 12/08/2013 08:00 (GMT+7)

Thanh, a worker in the Thang Long industrial Zone, is one of many young people who recently migrated to Hanoi in search for a job. Like many other Vietnamese youth who migrate from the rural regions to the city, Thanh has to pay higher fees for sexual and reproductive health services when accessing public health services.

"I migrated to Hanoi for a better job and moved away from the health center at which I was initially registered for my health insurance. When I now go to a public health clinic for reproductive health issues, I end up having to pay higher fees for services compared to those who are locally registered residents. I wish it was different as I now have difficulty accessing these services as I can't afford them... " says Thanh.


young migrant workersYoung migrant workers reside along the Red River bank in Ha Noi.Ha Noi, Viet Nam 12.8.2013 – Today marks the International Youth Day, and this year the focus is on the issue of youth migration. Young people, aged 10-29 years old, make up approximately 38 per cent of the total population of Viet Nam, recording the highest proportion of young people ever in the country's history. This provides a unique and one-off economic opportunity for Viet Nam's development, but also creates enormous challenges for the country. If Viet Nam wants to reap the full benefits of this demographic window of opportunity, investing in the education and health, including the sexual and reproductive health, of adolescents and young people is paramount.


Free and equal

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A person holds up a rainbow flag displaying the words "Viet Pride" as people decorated with balloons prepare to take part in Vietnam's first ever gay pride parade on a road in Hanoi on August 5, 2012. A person holds up a rainbow flag displaying the words "Viet Pride" as people decorated with balloons prepare to take part in Vietnam's first ever gay pride parade on a road in Hanoi on August 5, 2012. As published in Thanh Nien News on Friday, August 02, 2013 04:45:00

Can you imagine what it would be like to be afraid of pubic shame, of bullying or violence simply for being yourself?

Or what it would feel like to be to be kicked out of school, to lose the love of your family, or to be thought to be "abnormal" just because you are different?

Yet for millions of people that is still an everyday reality.

As Viet Nam celebrates Viet Pride 2013 this weekend, along with those who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender I would once again like to share the words of our Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon:

"You are not alone. Your struggle to end violence and discrimination is a shared struggle".


Viet Nam makes efforts in promoting and protecting human rights

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Pratibha MehtaAs published in Vietnam+ on 9 April 2013

With a view to contributing further to the joint efforts of the UN and the international community in promoting and protecting human rights on the world, Viet Nam has joined almost all important international conventions on human rights and made efforts to make basic human rights be respected and better ensured. Viet Nam News Agency interviewed Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, about Viet Nam’s efforts in promoting and protecting human rights, as well as the UN assistance to Viet Nam in this area.


Reaching the Millennium Development Goals – picking up the pace

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Pratibha MehtaIf we are to make sure that the MDGs are achieved in every village, city and province in Viet Nam, we still need to promote more sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth - growth that even the most vulnerable and marginalized in society can actively participate in, and benefit from.An op-ed by Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam as published in Viet Nam Net on 5 April 2013.

I’m sure you can visualize the agony of a runner who enters the last lap of a race in the lead, but in sight of the finishing line relaxes the pace, only to see another runner pass him by.

As the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has reminded us this week, today marks 1,000 days to the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 13 years ago President of Viet Nam, Mr Tran Duc Luong was one of 189 World Leaders who gathered at the United Nations in New York to sign the Millennium Declaration, the springboard for setting eight aspirational but concrete goals. Together they pledged to cut global poverty and hunger by half, fight climate change and disease, tackle unsafe water and sanitation, expand education and open doors of opportunity for girls and women.  


Vietnam Land Law revision should improve fairness, transparency - analysts

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As published in TrustLaw on 20 December 2012

photowideFarmers harvest rice on a 70 hectare disputed plot of land in Vietnam's northern Hung Yen province Oct 21, 2012. Photo REUTERS/Mua XuanBANGKOK (TrustLaw) - Fish farmer Doan Van Vuon became something of a folk hero earlier this year when he used homemade landmines and guns to stop local officials, police and soldiers from forcibly taking his land in northern Vietnam.

In April, near the capital Hanoi, thousands of police overwhelmed villagers who were trying to protect a 70 hectare (170 acre) plot of land slated for use in a satellite city development.

These are just two examples of conflicts over land that are a major source of friction between the public and officials in Vietnam, where rising land prices have led officials to move farmers off their land for more lucrative projects, often with little compensation. All land in Vietnam belongs to the state and usage rights are not always clear or protected.

Government statistics show there were 700,000 land-related complaints in the last three years, 70 percent of them about land appropriation and compensation decisions that experts say are not only opaque and prone to corruption, but are also inequitable and discriminate against farmers, a crucial sector of Vietnam’s economy and an important base for the ruling Communist Party.


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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.