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Towards a modern Viet Nam where a preference for sons is a thing of the past!

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unfpa sbr_01HA NOI, 22 October 2014 – A cycle parade and a closing ceremony for the first-ever national campaign to address the Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance issue was held in Ha Noi on 21 October by UNFPA in Viet Nam and the General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP).

The Sex Ratio at Birth (SRB) imbalance is an increasing concern in some Asian countries, where about 117 million women and girls are reported as "missing". In Viet Nam, the SRB rose from 106.2 boys per 100 girls in 2000 to 113.8 boys per 100 girls in 2013, and this alarming trend is expected to continue. If no intervention is made, it is estimated that by 2050, Viet Nam will be confronted with a scenario of an excess of around 2.3 to 4.3 million men.

Over the past few years, the Government of Viet Nam, civil society organizations and development partners have continued to raise their concerns about the SRB imbalance. Such concerted action has delivered positive results with the Government now moving to address the issue. This first-ever national campaign, "Joining hands to address the SRB imbalance", was one such important step in confront this critical issue in Viet Nam.

"Addressing the SRB imbalance requires a real social movement that involves every citizen of this beautiful country. The SRB imbalance is a Vietnamese problem and only the Vietnamese people can solve it. It is not the business or task of one single agency or ministry, it's really everybody's business. It requires the commitment of all involved to work towards a Viet Nam where women and men, boys and girls are treated equally, where women and girls have equal opportunities to succeed in society as men and boys, where we value our girls as much as our boys and importantly where a preference for sons is a thing of the past. Only then can we secure a bright future for Viet Nam," said Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam.

This campaign exemplified the need to work together to address concerns of a skewed SRB. Nearly 7,000 women and men, boys and girls participated in the campaign over the past four weeks, including Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, leaders of the Ministry of Health, Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, Farmers' Union, Women's Union and Provincial People's Committees of Bac Ninh and Hai Duong.

The campaign closed with a series of nationwide communication activities, having opened the door to new opportunities for more effective collaboration in addressing this issue. UNFPA will continue to engage civil society and the private sector in ending discrimination against women and girls and to empower them. However, women alone cannot address the issue - it must be done in partnership. Young men and boys must be encouraged to step forward as agents of necessary social and cultural change.




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.


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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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