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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.

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