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SDGs-WHa Noi 18 May 2016 - Strong Government leadership and broader partnership with business and civil society will be needed for Viet Nam to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was the main message of today’s workshop “Rolling out Agenda 2030 for sustainable development in Viet Nam: The SDGs: Everyone’s Business”, organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the agency assigned by the Government to lead coordination of all stakeholders for the Agenda 2030’s implementation in Viet Nam. The workshop’s goal was to inform all stakeholders of the development of a National Action Plan for Implementation of Agenda 2030 and to engage and mobilize their support in the development and implementation of the Action Plan.

Agenda 2030 introduces vision, orientation of implementation method, global partnerships and actions to realize sustainable development all over the world for the period of 15 coming years. The Agenda 2030 was adopted at the UN Summit last September. At the Summit, the former President Truong Tan Sang affirmed that Viet Nam supported and committed to mobilizing all resources, ministries, sectors, localities, organizations, communities and people to successfully implement the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

“It is very important for a middle-income country like Viet Nam to mobilize financial resources and participation of all stakeholders for implementation of the SDGs in the coming time,” said Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, MPI Vice Minister, in his opening remarks. “This Action Plan will serve as legal basis for Viet Nam to implement the commitment with the international community, contribute responsibly to the global efforts for sustainable development”.

The workshop also started the discussion on what mechanisms will be needed to ensure collaboration among national and international stakeholders for SDG implementation in Viet Nam.

Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, who co-chaired the workshop with Vice Minister Nguyen The Phuong, said that a mindset shift is required if Viet Nam is to achieve the SDGs.

“Efforts to implement the new transformative 2030 Agenda would need to recognize the inter-linkages between SDGs which would require a new form of policy and planning leadership which breaks down sectoral barriers and entrenched interests,” said Ms Mehta. “There could be a need to re-examine government structure to remove institutional bottlenecks in service delivery and cross-sectoral coordination to tackle the root causes that hinder progress”.

During the workshop, an international expert from the UN Development Programme shared international best practices on SDG mainstreaming and national roadmaps, while a representative from the General Statistic Office presented the “Initial review on SDGs indicators”.
The workshop gathered representatives from Ministries, Agencies, development partners, national and international civil society organizations, the business sector, academia and the media.

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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


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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.


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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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