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Domestic violence afflicts many Vietnamese women, study finds

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DPA news agency, Hanoi, 25 November 2010 - Domestic violence is a serious problem in Vietnam that is damaging the physical and mental health of many women, the government and the United Nations said Thursday.

One in three married women report that they have suffered physical or sexual violence from their husbands at some time in their lives, according to the first National Study on Domestic Violence against Women in Vietnam, a joint effort of the government and UN.

'It is a stark fact that women in Vietnam are at more risk of experiencing violence in their homes than anywhere else,' said Jean Marc Olive, representative of the World Health Organization in Vietnam.


Nation 8th in income growth

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HRD2010_coverViet Nam News Agency, 9 Nov ember 2010, HA NOI — Viet Nam ranks 8th in the world for its progress in raising per capita income, which has increased five fold in the last four decades, the United Nations said in its Human Development Report released yesterday in Ha Noi.

Rising incomes helped millions of Vietnamese get out of poverty. However, Viet Nam did not rank among the top nations in terms of general human development improvement, it said.

UN Resident Co-ordinator in Viet Nam John Hendra said the Human Development Report required that development progress could not simply be measured by national income.

"Economic growth alone does not automatically improve the quality of life of citizens. It should include other elements, such as health and educational development," Hendra said.


Crumbling services threaten high-rise glory

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By Ben Bland, Financial Times

November 7 201O - Over the next few months, tenants will begin moving in to Vietnam’s tallest building, the Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City, presaging the high-rise construction boom that will transform the skyline of the country’s main cities over the next few years.

The landmark 68-storey, 269-metre tower, made of glass and steel and designed to resemble a lotus flower – a national cultural symbol – incorporates Vietnam’s first skyscraper helipad.

But, local residents quip, unless the government does more to improve the crumbling infrastructure in Vietnam’s ever-more crowded cities, travelling by helicopter may soon become a necessity for executives rather than a luxury.


UN warns on Vietnam birth ratio

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SRB_1BBC 26 Oct 2010 - Sex ratios at birth are becoming increasingly imbalanced in Vietnam, with far more boys being born than girls, the UN Population Fund says.

For every 100 females, 110.6 males were born - compared to a norm of 105.

The situation was particularly worrying because of the rapid increase in the proportion of boys being born in the last five years, it said.

The UNFPA warned that the imbalance could lead to a number of social problems in the coming years.


Secretary General praises VN's role in United Nations

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New York (Vietnam News 23 October 2010) — United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon is more than satisfied with the role Viet Nam has played at the world body.

In an interview with Viet Nam News Agency prior to his visit to Ha Noi for the UN-ASEAN summit on October 28-30, the UN chief said Viet Nam had been a very responsible member and strengthened the partnership between Viet Nam and the UN since it joined the organisation in 1977.

He cited Viet Nam's contribution to peace and security in the region and the world through its non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council during the 2009-10 term, and its active role in the UN Millennium Development Goals project, noting that the country was likely to meet most of its own objectives within five years.


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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.