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UN calls for action on gender equality

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As published in vietnamnews on 02 April, 2012

un in the news 03Apr12HA NOI — The United Nations has urged Viet Nam to equate the retirement age for men and women and to elevate women to decision-making positions, since this October the country must submit a report on the implementation of the Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW).

Speaking at the consultation forum held this past Friday, Deputy Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Minh Huan said that Viet Nam had made great progress in promoting gender equality and women's rights, as well as in correcting discriminatory practices in education and employment.

However, challenges remain due to gender inequality, the low status of women in society and violence within the family.


Empowerment of rural women important to poverty elimination

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As published in Nhan Dan Online on 7 March, 2012

un in the news 19Mar12Nhan Dan Online – Vietnam always considers empowering rural women and girls important to eradicating hunger and poverty and move further towards sustainable development.

Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen made the statement at a policy dialogue on gender equality held jointly by the United Nations (UN) in Vietnam, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, and the National Committee for the Advance of Women in Hanoi this morning to commemorate International Women’s Day.

The policy dialogue, entitled ‘Empowerment of rural women and their role in poverty and hunger eradication’, aims to honour the economic, political, and social achievements of Vietnamese women, particularly those from rural areas, and provide policy makers with research and recommendations on gender equality and women’s empowerment in Vietnam for better laws and strategies in the near future.


UN Praises Vietnam's Hunger Fighting Policies

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As published in VOA on 16 March, 2012 

Reuters FAO Da Silva file 15march12 eng 480Photo: Reuters Jose
Graziano da Silva, director-general of the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) (2011 file photo).
The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is urging countries to follow Vietnam’s example in boosting agricultural production to combat food shortages that can lead to political instability.


The head of the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, Jose Graziano da Silva, praised Vietnam’s agricultural policies for combating local hunger and increasing its exports in a region that has long battled chronic hunger.

"Vietnam is one of the few countries in the world that has been increasing exports and also assuring food security locally, and this is crucial for political stability and also for peace," he said.

The Asia Pacific is home to more than  60 percent of the world's people suffering from hunger and malnutrition. The FAO regional conference is focusing on finding sustainable ways to increase production in the face of rising food prices.


Better midwives can save lives

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As published in Vietnam News on 11 November, 2011

A midwife from northern mountainous Son La Province's Yen Chau District Hospital bathes a baby. The midwifery service must be improved to lower the mortality rate. — VNS Photo Truong Vi

HA NOI — Professional midwifery services during pregnancy and childbirth are critical to lowering the mortality rate of women and babies, a conference heard yesterday.

Speaking at the event organised by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and Ministry of Health, Representative of the UNFPA in Viet Nam Bruce Campbell said that while most births in developed countries were aided by skilled attendants, one in three women in developing countries gave birth alone or with only relatives.

Figures from the report revealed that 1,000 women died as a result of pregnancy-related complications and about 5,500 newborns died in the first week of their life for lack of adequate daily medical care.

Another 35,000 women suffered severe illnesses or disabilities, including obstetric fistula, severe uterine prolapse, depression and infertility, it said.


Economic giant, social minnow

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As published in Thanh Nien News on 11 November, 2011

UN urges Vietnam to prioritize improving healthcare, education services

Two students (R) pass waiting relatives as they exit the gate of a high school after taking part in a college admission test in Hanoi on July 5. The United Nations has urged Vietnam to improve social services like education and health to ensure a better life of local people.

Vietnam’s economic development over the last decade has not been matched by social development, and its human development index is below average, a UN official says.

“This year’s global Human Development Report shows that Vietnam’s human development index (HDI) value for 2011 is very similar to last year. The country is in the medium human development category and ranks 128th out of 187 countries surveyed,” said Setsuko Yamazaki, the United Nations Development Program country director in Vietnam at the launch of the 2011 Vietnam Human Development Report on Wednesday (November 9).

UN’s HDI measures three basic dimensions of human development – a long and healthy life, access to education and knowledge, and a decent standard of living.


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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.