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IMG 0375Ha Noi, April 17th 2019 - On occasion of Viet Nam's Day for People with Disabilities - April 18th 2019, Viet Nam Federation on Disability (VFD), Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC), Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD) and Disabled People's Organization of Ha Noi co-organized the workshop: "Access for all" in Ha Noi. The event gathered about 200 people from different government agencies; United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam (UNDP); Australian Embassy; national and international non – governmental organizations; organizations of and for people with disabilities; many groups, assemblies of people with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves.


UNDP and Citi Foundation Jointly Host Youth Co: Lab Summit To Accelerate The Largest Youth Social Entrepreneurship Movement In Asia and the Pacific


 DSC08945 April, 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation, with the collaboration and support from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Viet Nam Volunteer Center, opened the second Asia Pacific Youth Co:Lab Summit, in Hanoi today. The flagship event brings together over 500 delegates, including hundreds of youth, partners and government officials from 20 countries, to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, to influence policy initiatives on youth entrepreneurship and social innovation.


Citizens are more satisfied with public services but concerned about environment, poverty and corruption: 2018 PAPI Report


DSC01041Ha Noi, 2 April 2019 – The 2018 PAPI Report, released today, reveals general improvement in provincial and local government performance, with citizens reporting less corruption in health care and education, greater satisfaction with most basic public services, and more interactions with local officials. Scores also rose for processing of construction permits and personal documents. However, the results show no progress in levels of bribery for obtaining land use rights certificates, or in diversion of public funds by officials, and more than half of the respondents said water quality in their locality had worsened over the past three years.


Accelerating mine action for safety and sustainable development

DSC00120-e2Quang Binh province, 19 March 2019 – A ceremony was held today in Quang Ninh district, Quang Binh province to hand over mine action equipment to the Viet Nam Mine Action Centre (VNMAC). It included almost 200 detectors, which will be used for the 'Korea-Viet Nam Mine Action Project'. The official handover was done by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Viet Nam, His Excellency Mr. Do-Hyon Kim, to VNMAC Deputy Director General, Mr Nguyen Hanh Phuc, in the presence of the Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Viet Nam, Mr. Jinoh Kim and the Resident Representative a.i. of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen.


New innovative tools to advance the dengue early warning system in Viet Nam


cq5dam.web.1280.1280Ha Noi, 19 March 2019 – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the World Health Organization (WHO), in partnership with a consortium led by HR Wallingford announce a joint project tilted "Dengue Model forecasting Satellite-based System" (D-MOSS), funded the UK Space Agency's International Partnership Programme.


Celebration of 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity

IMG 2643Ha Noi, 22 May 2018 - The International Day of Biodiversity 2018 themed "Celebrating 25 Years of Action for Biodiversity" marks the 25th anniversary of the entry into force of the Convention on Biological Diversity and celebrates worldwide achievements over the years. On this occasion, the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) together with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) organized many activities and events.


Award ceremony to honor winners from the video competition on extreme disaster events

1st prizeHa Noi, 22 May 2018 – Today, on the Day of Viet Nam National Disaster Prevention and Control, the Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) announced nine winners of the first-ever video competition "Extreme disaster events in Viet Nam: Lessons from the past, actions for the future". The competition aimed to raise awareness and promoted communication on disaster prevention to help communities better understand natural disasters' impacts and encourage their active participation in preparedness and response. The competition also supported the Sendai Framework targets and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) achievements that aim to reduce loss of life and damage caused by natural hazards.


Forty storm-resilient houses presented to vulnerable families in Quang Ngai

resizeQuang Ngai, 5 May 2018 The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development) together with the UN Development Program and Quang Ngai People's Committee have handed over a further 40 storm-resilient houses to poor and vulnerable households in Quang Ngai province. Since the beginning of 2018, a total of 77 houses in five communes of the province have been built and handed over. More than 300 resilient homes will be built in the province this year.


Citizens report less corruption but the poor are worried about their livelihood future: 2017 PAPI Report


Ha Noi, 4 April 2018 – Findings from the 2017 PAPI Report, released today, show a significant turnaround in citizen’s perceptions and experiences with corruption in the public sector, more women adding their names to land use titles, and rising pessimism among the poorest citizens about their future economic prospects. Health insurance coverage expanded and fewer reported land seizures. However, setbacks included lower satisfaction with compensation for land seized, and persistent concerns about poverty among citizens of all socioeconomic backgrounds. Overall, citizens reported improvement in five of the six areas of governance and public administration that make up the index.


Storm-proof housing increases the resilience of vulnerable coastal communities to climate change in Viet Nam

resilient house_QNQuang Ngai, 13 February 2018 – The Viet Nam Disaster Management Authority (VNDMA), Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) have handed over storm-resilient houses to households in the province of Quang Ngai. Thirty-seven houses have been built so far, with more than 300 houses to be built in 2018.


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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.

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