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Vietnam and the new global goals: Leave no one behind

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As published in Tuoi Tre newspaper on 4 October 2015

RC photoEditor’s note: Pratibha Mehta is UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam. She wrote this piece exclusively for Tuoi Tre News.

History was made last week as State President Truong Tan Sang took his place amongst the world’s leaders for the opening of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.

2015 is a year of special significance. It not only marks the 70th Anniversary of the Independence of Vietnam and the ending of World War II, but also of the founding of the United Nations. It is therefore fitting that this year’s General Assembly opened with what the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon described as “a towering achievement”: the adoption of the 2030 Agenda setting out 17 bold and inspiring Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).


Hole in the Heart of Africa

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ban-ki-moonBy Ban Ki-moon

The Security Council has approved my proposal to deploy a United Nations peacekeeping mission to the Central African Republic – opening the way for 10,000 troops and almost 2,000 police to bring a semblance of order to a nation in ruins.   


Resolving institutional bottlenecks, governance reforms key for Viet Nam's development

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Pratibha Mehta

As published on Viet Nam Net on 22 March 2014

The Vietnamese Government and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) will jointly hold an international conference titled “Economic Reforms for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth: International Experience and Lessons for Vietnam” in Hanoi on 24 and 25 March to bring international lessons and experiences to assist Vietnam in furthering the economic reforms in its pursuit for more inclusive and sustainable growth.


“Equality for women means progress for all”

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Pratibha MehtaAs published in Phu Nu Viet Nam on 7 March 2014

Today, as we enjoy another International Women’s Day, I want to emphasize the importance of achieving equality for women and girls. This is not just because gender equality is a fundamental human right. Viet Nam will find it very difficult to make socio-economic progress without it. The evidence is clear.


World Radio Day 2014: Gender equality and Women Empowerment

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unesco representativeAs published in Voice of Vietnam on 13 February 2014

Since 2011, the date of February 13th, the day the UN radio was established, has been endorsed as the World Radio Day. It aims is not only to celebrate radio as a medium but also to enhance international cooperation amongst broadcasters. This year, the event will highlight gender equality and women empowerment. On this occasion, we’ll bring you an interview with Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin, Head of UNESCO office in Hanoi, on the importance of the day.


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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.