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JANUARY 
  • 27 January - International Day of Commemoration in memory of the victims of the Holocaust 
FEBRUARY 
MARCH
  • 08 March - International Women's Day
  • 21 March - International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination 
  • Week beginning 21 March - Week of Solidarity with the Peoples Struggling against Racism & Racial Discrimination www.un.org/rights
  • 22 March - World Day for Water
  • 23 March - World Meteorological Day
  • 25 March - International Day of Remembrance of the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade
APRIL
    • 02 April - World Autism Awareness Day
    • 04 April - International Day for Mine Awareness and Assistance in Mine Action
    • 07 April - World Health Day 
    • 23 April - World Book and Copyright Day
    MAY
    • 03 May - World Press Freedom Day
    • 08 and 09 May - Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War
    • 15 May - International Day of Families 
    • 17 May - World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
    • 21 May World Day for Cultural Diversity for Dialogue and Development 
    • 22 May - International Day for Biological Diversity
    • Week Beginning 25 May Week of Solidarity with the Peoples of Non-Self-Governing Territories - www.un.org/Depts/dpi/decolonization
    • 29 May - International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers 
    • 31 May - World No-Tobacco Day
    JUNE
    • 04 June International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression
    • 05 June World Environment Day 
    • 17 June World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought 
    • 20 June World Refugee Day
    • 23 June United Nations Public Service Day
    • 26 June International Day Against Drug Abuse - http://www.undcp.org/
    • 26 June International Day in Support of Victims of Torture - www.un.org/rights

    JULY

    AUGUST

    SEPTEMBER
    • 8 September International Literacy Day - portal.unesco.org/education/en/html
    • 15 September International Day for Democracy
    • 16 September International Day for the Preservation of the Ozone Layer - http://www.unep.org/
    • 21 September International Day of Peace - www.un.org/peace
       Last Week of September World Maritime Day - http://www.imo.org/

    OCTOBER

    NOVEMBER
    • 6 November International Day for Preventing the Exploitation of the Environment in War and Armed Conflict
    • 14 November International Diabetes Federation/WHO World Diabetes Day - http://www.who.int/
    • 16 November International Day for Tolerance - www.unesco.org/tolerance
       November - 3rd Sunday World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
    • 20 November Africa Industrialization Day
    • 20 November Universal Children's Day
    • 21 November World Television Day
    • 25 November International Day for Elimination of Violence against Women
    • 29 November International Day of Solidarity with the Palestinian People

    DECEMBER
    • 01 December World Aids Day
    • 02 December International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
    • 03 December International Day of Disabled Persons
    • 05 December International Volunteer Day for Economic
    • 07 December International Civil Aviation Day
    • 09 December International Anti-Corruption Day
    • 10 December Human Rights Day
    • 11 December International Mountain Day
    • 18 December International Migrants Day
    • 19 December United Nations Day for South-South Cooperation
    • 20 December International Human Solidarity Day

    Spotlight

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    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.


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    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


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    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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    The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls

     

    25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


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    UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary

     

    Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

    These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

    For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.