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Climate Smart Agriculture: Capturing synergies between adaptation, mitigation and food security

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CSA WS_JulyHa Noi, 17 July - Viet Nam is now better placed to meet climate change-related challenges following a three-year FAO project on Climate Smart Agriculture (CSA) approaches.

"The project has obtained remarkable results with close collaboration between the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD), research institutes, local experts and provincial authorities," said by Jong-Ha Bae, FAO Representative in Viet Nam.

To further explore the project's findings, FAO and MARD are holding a workshop from 16-17 July 2015 in Ha Noi to encourage project donor the European Commission, other donor agencies and the Vietnamese Government to engage in sustained CSA efforts.

"The results of the workshop will facilitate dialogues between food security, agricultural and climate change policy-makers in consultation with key stakeholders to develop consensus on priority activities to be included in a country-owned strategic document on CSA," he told the workshop.

The project, which closed last month, was successful in developing an evidence base, enhancing capacity, policy analysis, dialogues and scenario workshops to address climate change and its potential impacts through agricultural policies while identifying CSA investment opportunities.

Under the umbrella of FAO's Economics and Policy Innovations for Climate Smart Agriculture programme in Rome, the project in Viet Nam was co-implemented by MARD and the North Mountainous Agriculture and Forestry Science Institute (NOMAFSI) was the project focal point. Dien Bien, Son La and Yen Bai provinces in the northern mountainous region were selected for project field activities.

The project made a cost-benefit analysis of a number of suitable CSA practices, barriers to their adoption and impacts on productivity taking into account agro-ecological settings, climate patterns and relevant institutions. A value chain analysis was conducted to identify potential development of Shan Tuyet tea and Arabica Coffee in the northern mountainous region.




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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