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Millennium Development Goals: four achieved!

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photo 2Ha Noi 7 August 2015 - As the deadline for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015 fast approaches, high level representatives from Government ministries, agencies and development partners met on 7 August to finalize Viet Nam's National MDG Report.

UN Resident Coordinator Ms Pratibha Mehta congratulated Viet Nam on its success so far "Viet Nam has achieved MDG1, MDG2, MDG3 and MDG5 on poverty reduction, education, gender equality and maternal health. Significant progress has also been made toward achieving MDG4 on reducing child mortality."

However she went on to make a number of important suggestions for the report's finalization.

"The report could highlight the unfinished MDG agenda and underlying causes for lack of progress on HIV/AIDS, stunting, environmental sustainability and unequal progress at sub-national level and across population groups, most notably ethnic minorities," she noted. "This would help identify priorities and set targets in the new socio-economic development plan to ensure no one is left behind".

At the workshop, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong reflected on the challenges and many lessons that Viet Nam had faced along the 15 years' implementation and monitoring of MDGs. He attributed the success to Viet Nam's strong commitment, efforts and the active participation of the Government and people at all levels.

The finalized report will be presented by the country's President at the UN Summit this September. The Summit is also expected to formally adopt the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals which will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year. They will combine the ongoing fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment.

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Read speech by UN Resident Coordinator; Presentation of draft MDGR2015 by Ministry of Planning and Investment in English and Vietnamese




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

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Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


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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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