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IMG 3523Ha Noi, 20 May 2015 - A workshop to discuss key results from last November’s Ministerial Conference on Civil Registration and Vital Statistics in Asia-Pacific was held today (20 May 2015) by UNFPA, UNICEF, the ministries of Justice as well as Planning and Investment.

UNICEF estimates the births of 135 million children under the age of five go un-registered in Asia-Pacific. If a baby girl is born, but not registered and dies soon after, her death is unlikely to be recorded. If she survives, without a birth certificate she is at much greater risk of being put to work as a child laborer, married off as a child bride or trafficked against her will.

Civil registration and vital statistics systems are also crucial for achieving and monitoring the Millennium Development Goals, particularly those related to maternal and infant mortality.

Viet Nam has already made great progress in recent years:

  • It is one of five countries in the region to have achieved a under-5 birth registration rate of mrore than 95%
  • The Law on Civil Status was amended to ensure all children in Viet Nam  have the right to birth registration and a birth certificate
  • Important statistics are routinely produced and disseminated based on the national census and surveys
  • The Viet Nam Statistics Development Strategy 2011-2020 was approved to support the effective production of reliable statistics for sound policy-making and development.

Addressing the workshop, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam said: "In our region, with one of the world’s highest rates of unregistered births, we must undertake stronger action to improve the civil registration and vital statistics system to register and record all vital events of people, and use this system for evidence-based policy making, programming and delivery. The United Nations, as ever, stands with you today ready to support the efforts of the Government of Viet Nam to “get everyone in Viet Nam in the picture”.




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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