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Hanoi, 16 June, 2018 – At a meeting held in Hanoi to commemorate the International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking and the National Action Month on Drug Prevention and Control, H.E. Vu Duc Dam, Deputy Prime Minister, Chairman of the National Committee for HIV/AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution Prevention and Control and H.E. Kamal Malhotra, the United Nations Resident Coordinator joined leaders from related ministries including Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Education and Training, Ministry of Defense, and Ministry of Justice. Other mass organizations were presented including civil society organizations, the media and hundreds of polices and students from the Hanoi National University.

The theme of this year's International Day is "Listen First – Listening to children and youth is the first step to help them grow healthy and safe". Speaking at the event, the United Nations Resident Coordinator, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, urged everybody to "listen to the children and youth with warmth and care, provide them with skills and opportunities, and invite them to be part of the solution." He also expressed wish that "the government, ministries, communities, families, schools, civil society, businesses, religious organizations, the media and the entire society continue doing everything possible to raise awareness of the harm caused by illicit drugs and provide support for people who are affected by drug use and dependence." He reiterated that "those who suffer from drug use dependence can be supported through evidence-based, voluntary treatment. Punishing or stigmatizing people who use drugs is not a solution."

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This year's national action month, themed "Protecting children and young people from drug danger", aims to intensify coordination between related ministries, sectors and offices to raise public awareness on drug abuse, drug-related crimes and their negative impacts, and increase the community's responsibility for the fight against drugs. Speaking at the event, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam stressed that protecting the public, especially the youths from drug use and dependence is an important and urgent task that requires synchronous and effective measures. He also asked that each and every youth will become an anti-drug advocate and will say NO to drug possession and use.

At the UN General Assembly Special Session (UNGASS) on the World Drug Problems in 2016, member states, including Vietnam, unanimously agreed on an outcome document containing over 100 recommendations for implementing balanced, comprehensive and integrated approaches to effectively addressing and countering the world drug problem. Vietnam has made commitments to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals, including Goal 3 on ensuring healthy lives and promoting well-being for all at all ages as well as its target 3.5 which is focused on strengthening the prevention and treatment of substance abuse, including narcotic drug abuse and harmful use of alcohol.

The United Nations in Vietnam in general and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crimes (UNODC) in particular have been working closely with the Government of Vietnam in various areas from developing policy to finding legal and sound medical ways to address the challenge of illicit drug dependence.

For more information, please contact:

  • Ms. Ngo Kieu Lan, National Project Coordinator, UNODC | Tel: (+84) 24 38501851 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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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