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UN’s 70th Anniversary countdown

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UN-70Ha Noi, 24 Aug 2015 - In exactly two months time, on October 24, 2015 the UN turns 70.

Both the UN and the world, have changed significantly since its 51 founding members signed the UN Charter to prevent another World War. Today, the UN totals 193 member states while the nature and scope of the United Nations' activities have greatly expanded.

"The 70th anniversary of the United Nations is an opportunity to reflect – to look back on the UN's history and take stock of its enduring achievements. It is also an opportunity to spotlight where the UN – and the international community as a whole – needs to redouble its efforts to meet current and future challenges across the three pillars of its work: peace and security, development, and human rights."

- UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

2015 is a particularly auspicious year for the UN in Viet Nam. In May, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon opened the new Green One UN House, the first green certified UN House in the world. It is also the first functionally integrated UN House which is designed to make the UN truly fit for purpose, as it seeks to increase its relevance, effectiveness and efficiency in the context of a rapidly transforming middle income Viet Nam.

2015 also marks a number of landmark global events that will help shape the UN's - and thereby the world's - future: a key discussion on development finance; an emerging sustainable development agenda awaits final agreement; a global accord to save the planet from global warming is finally to be reached. In Viet Nam the new five year Socio-Economic Development Plan will shortly be agreed, and the UN has already begun the process of developing the new One Plan 2017-2012 and making the UN 'Fit for Purpose' in the years to come.

The upcoming 70th Anniversary gives us an important opportunity to raise visibility of the UN in Viet Nam, and to showcase how the UN Agencies are working together to make the UN fit for the future – and in particular delivering on the sustainable development agenda to build a "future we want".

Over the coming two months we will be highlighting the unique contribution that the UN has made both globally and in Viet Nam over the past 70 years. We will be highlighting Viet Nam's achievements in recent decades as the Millennium Development Goal Era draws to a close. We will also be highlighting how Viet Nam intends to move forward with the unfinished MDG Agenda, and launches the new Sustainable Development Goals. Finally we will be launching a special UN Open House Week as the UN invites it's partners to a number of important reverts and seminars.

Please keep visiting our website and social media channels for further details.




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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