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UN: Viet Nam needs inclusive national efforts to ratify Convention against Torture

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websiteHa Noi, 6 June 2014 - “Ratifying and implementing the Convention against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman, Degrading Treatment or Punishment will require a strong interaction between different institutions, including the Police, other public security agencies, the Supreme People’s Procuracy, the Supreme People’s Courts, and central and provincial government authorities,” said UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam Dr Pratibha Mehta in her address at an international workshop on the UN Convention in Ha Noi today.

Dr Mehta noted the need to align Viet Nam’s legal framework to the principles enshrined in the newly revised Constitution and the international norms of the Convention, “including the establishment of rules that forbid the use of evidence obtained by torture”. She also highlighted the importance of non-state actors’ contribution in the ratification and implementation of the Convention.

Professor Manfred Nowak, one of the most prominent experts on the Convention, joined the workshop, bringing normative insight and practical expertise on how to transform words of the Convention into concrete policies and follow-up.

Viet Nam signed the Convention in November 2013 and is now taking steps to ratify it. The workshop aims to introduce the main content of the Convention and discuss issues related to the ratification and implementation of the Convention.

The workshop, organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs with the support from the UN Development Programme, brought together 100 participants, including representatives from provinces, NGOs and donor community. Two other similar workshops will take place in Dong Lam and in Ho Chi Minh City later this year.

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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

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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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