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Ha Noi celebrates 1,000 year anniversary

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ceramic_muralThe 1000 year anniversary of the foundation of Viet Nam's capital city will be celebrated during October 1 to 10, 2010.  Now known as Ha Noi, the city was initially named Thăng Long by the emperor Lý Thái Tổ when it was founded in 1010.  Commemorative events are being organized in Ha Noi and in other parts of Viet Nam, including art exhibitions, sporting events, award ceremonies and street festivals. Several UN events are tied to the anniversary:

Mural to celebrate Ha Noi millennium highlights labour, business relations

In celebration of the Thang Long-Hanoi millennium, a new “ceramic road” has been constructed which runs for four kilometres along the dyke of the Red River and includes murals on various themes illustrating past and present-day Ha Noi.  One 70 meter section of the road is a colorful mural dedicated to the theme of “Decent Work and Tripartism”, representing the cooperation, social dialogue and a promising future for decent work in Viet Nam, as well as the main actors in the labour market - the government, workers and employers. The mural was supported by the UN's International Labour Organisation (ILO), the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MoLISA), the Viet Nam General Confederation of Labour (VGCL), the Viet Nam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI), and the Viet Nam Cooperative Alliance. The mural portrays a montage of activities representing different sectors in Viet Nam such as industry, agriculture, handicrafts and aquaculture.

Sachiko Yamamoto, Regional Director of ILO Office for Asia and the Pacific, said at the unveiling that, "Your creative design reflects all types of work places in Viet Nam; it puts the people and their work in the centre; it emphasizes the strength of tripartite collaboration. This mural – I hope – will symbolize for generations to come the importance of Tripartism and Decent Work for All in Viet Nam. May it be an inspiration for the continued tripartite unity in social and economic development for the next 1000 years."


UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova to visit Viet Nam from 1 to 3 October 2010

unesco_gsAt the invitation of the Vietnamese Government and the authorities of Ha Noi, Viet Nam’s capital city, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will undertake her first official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from 1 to 3 October 2010. Ms Bokova will be a special guest of the Great Celebration of the Millennial Anniversary of the Foundation of Thang Long- Ha Noi, one of the 63 anniversaries with which UNESCO is associated in 2010-2011 as approved by the 35th session of the General Conference.

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World Heritage Committee adds Hanoi Citadel to World Heritage List

The Thang Long Imperial Citadel recently was selected as the 900th site to be inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List. The Citadel was built in the 11th century by the Ly Viet Dynasty, marking the independence of the Dai Viet. It was constructed on the remains of a Chinese fortress dating from the 7th century, on drained land reclaimed from the Red River Delta in Hanoi. It was the centre of regional political power for almost 13 centuries without interruption. The Imperial Citadel buildings and the remains in the 18 Hoang Dieu Archaeological Site reflect a unique South-East Asian culture specific to the lower Red River Valley, at the crossroads between influences coming from China in the north and the ancient Kingdom of Champa in the south.





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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