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Hoi An to be nation's first eco-town under UN plan

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As published in the Viet Nam News on 18 August, 2011

QUANG NAM — A project launched by the United Nations on Tuesday will see the central city of Hoi An develop into Viet Nam's first eco-town.

Run by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), the project will work alongside business and Government agencies to promote green practices within the city.

UNIDO Viet Nam official Le Thi Thanh Thao said the project aimed to support Hoi An's development of green industry and would tackle key environment and climate issues in the city.


The world at 7 billion: opportunities and challenges

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World Population to Reach 7 Billion on 31 October 2011As published in the VOVNews on 11 July, 2011

(VOV) - The world’s population will hit 7 billion in 2011, creating both opportunities and challenges for many nations around the world, said Mandeep Janeja, officer-in-charge of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam.

>> Don’t miss “Golden population structure” opportunity

Janeja was speaking at a press conference in Hanoi on July 11 to respond to World Population Day 2011. She said the annual 78 million increase of the global population raises the demand for natural resources and places more pressure on the planet.


Agencies move to axe child labour

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As published in the Viet Nam News on 11 June, 2011

HA NOI — At the age of 12, Lo Thi Lu, a H'Mong girl living in the poor Lao Chaiù Commune in Sa Pa District in northern Lao Cai Province has been selling souvenirs to tourists for nearly two years.

Like many of her friends, Lu walks 6-7km a day to sell souvenirs to support her family, as they cannot afford to make ends meet with the sole earnings from farming.

"My parents say that I have to go sell souvenirs to earn money to buy food," said Lu.


UN: Inflation created new poor

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As published in Thanh Nien News online, 10 June 2011

Vietnam passes resolution creating targeted poverty reduction program

It seemed like an odd request when a province in the world's second largest rice producer petitioned the central government for rice subsidies to tackle hunger.

On May 5, the Thanh Hoa Province People's Committee asked the Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs for 2,048 tons of rice to support more than 70,000 hungry households.

In January, Thanh Hoa distributed 4,300 tons of rice subsidies to more than 280,000 local residents who said they were facing hunger, despite the fact that the province is home to the largest delta in the central region.

Thanh Hoa is not the only place in Vietnam where residents continue to go hungry due to persistent poverty.


UN: Ethnic poor require better welfare assistance

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As published in the Thanh Nien News, 2 June 2011

Vietnam should continue to invest in social assistance mechanisms to tackle poverty, especially among the ethnic poor, according a United Nations independent expert on human rights and extreme poverty.

"Investing in social protection is not only crucial to lift individuals out of poverty, but also helps to protect all of those that could be affected by future economic crises or natural disasters," Magdalena Sepúlveda Carmona said.


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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.