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Viet Nam secures a further US$30 million to combat climate change

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redd+ forest coverHa Noi, 29 July - Once again at the forefront of global efforts to fight climate change, Viet Nam becomes the first of 47 UN-REDD partner countries to move into the second phase with an additional US$30-million investment to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through improved forest and land-use management. Today’s official signing by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the UN marks the start of Phase II of the UN-REDD Programme, which significantly expands national efforts to reduce deforestation, enhance forest quality, and increase overall forest cover in Viet Nam.

Reduce greenhouse gas emissions and increase forest cover
Financed by the Government of Norway, the National UN-REDD Programme to Reduce Emissions from Deforestation and forest Degradation (REDD+) will be a major pillar of Viet Nam's efforts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the agriculture and rural development sector by 20 percent by 2020. By developing and implementing improved policies, that address the drivers of deforestation and forest degradation, the aim is to increase Viet Nam’s overall forest cover to 45 percent by 2020.

Viet Nam at the forefront
As one of the original pilot countries of the UN-REDD Programme, Viet Nam has been on the frontline of global REDD+ activities for the past four years. The country has successfully piloted REDD+ readiness work in a number of key areas including supporting strong coordination among national stakeholders, developing a framework for Measurement, Reporting and Verification, and testing approaches for the free, prior and informed consent of ethnic minorities and other forest-dependent communities.

Phase II: focus on 6 provinces during 3 years
Phase II will build on the REDD+ readiness work of Phase I, and start implementing Viet Nam’s National REDD+ Action Programme in six provinces across the country, namely Lao Cai, Bac Kan, Ha Tinh, Binh Thuan, Lam Dong, and Ca Mau. Over the next 3 years the Programme will help identify, negotiate, plan and implement land-use practices that are sustainable, climate-smart and adapted to local needs. Additional financial incentives will be made available by the Government of Norway and other international partners for transparently measured and verified greenhouse gas emissions reductions achieved through the Programme.

Delivering as One
UN-REDD is a key UN joint programme, which harnesses the complimentary global expertise of FAO, UNDP and UNEP. FAO is supporting national forest resource monitoring and assessment; UNDP will support democratic governance and stakeholder engagement; and UNEP will help secure multiple ecosystem benefits. “By Delivering as One, the UN will help maximize the impact of Viet Nam’s efforts in climate change mitigation,” UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms Pratibha Mehta, said.

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You can read the press release and the speech here.




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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