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UNICEF helps Viet Nam prevent injuries

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Thong Tan Xa Viet Nam/Viet Nam Plus, 11 March 2010

The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the Health Environment Management Agency under the Vietnamese Ministry of Health co-organised a conference in Ha Noi on March 10th, on the creation of a plan for inspection of accidents leading to injury in the 2011-2015 period. The inspection system will be carried out in three phases, with the first phase from 2011-2012 to focus on three kinds of accidents – road, labour and child injury accidents – at 20 pilot hospitals at central, municipal and provincial level, according to a ministry representative.


UN in the News: "Social mores could reinforce domestic violence: experts

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Thanh Nien News, 11 March 2010

Domestic violence is rife in Vietnamese society, and experts say traditional inequalities could be exacerbating the problem. Speaking at the Policy Dialogue on Gender Equality organised in Ha Noi on March 9th by the United Nations and the Vietnamese government to discuss remaining challenges on gender equality and women’s empowerment, Bruce Campbell, representative of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam, said: “cultural and traditional norms of many countries in Southeast Asia…don’t change quickly.” “Women are still not valued equally as boys - for example, the sex ratio at birth shows a strong indication for son preference [in the country].” The country’s national average sex ratio at birth is 110.6 males per 100 females, compared with a biologically standard figure of 105, according to UNFPA. “So as long as those kinds of traditions of inequality are in place, this challenge [of addressing gender-based violence] will take time to overcome,” Campbell told Thanh Nien Weekly over the phone.


HCM City's poverty rate exceeds Ha Noi, despite higher incomes

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Viet Nam News - 16 December 2010

There are far more poor people in HCM City than in Ha Noi when a multi-dimensional poverty approach is adopted, despite higher average incomes in the southern city. The 2009 Urban Poverty Survey, which was launched in Ha Noi yesterday, shows a higher poverty rate in HCM City in seven out of eight measures of poverty, including social welfare, education, health, housing, housing area and quality, participation in social activities and security.


Ethnic minority poverty target of new strategy

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Viet Nam News - 06 December 2010

HA NOI — Sustainable poverty reduction for ethnic and mountainous areas should be an important task for the 2011-15 period, attendants at a conference in Ha Noi were told on Friday.

The function, held by the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam, was aimed at recommending ways of reducing poverty.

Chairman of the National Assembly's Ethnic Council Ksor Phuoc estimated that the poverty rate in some communes and villages would increase to more than 60 per cent or even 70 to 75 per cent next year.


Inflation, currency weakness threaten Vietnam: donors

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Hanoi, December 07, 2010 — Vietnam's economic growth will be threatened unless the government can control rising inflation and currency weakness, donors warned on Tuesday.

Last week the dong currency slumped to a record low on the black market, while prices rose 11.09 percent year-on-year in October. The government has targeted a maximum of eight percent inflation for 2010.

At an annual meeting of Vietnam's donors, Japanese ambassador Yasuaki Tanizaki spoke of "growing concern" at the communist country's currency and price rises. Japan is Vietnam's biggest donor.

"It's a priority for Vietnam to adopt effective measures to restore public confidence in (the) dong and improve communications with the market to stabilise its currency," he told the annual Consultative Group meeting with World Bank and Vietnamese officials.


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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.