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annual results_report_2015The UN in Viet Nam has released its latest interactive Annual Results Report 'Delivering as One' which showcases the progress made by UN Agencies working in the past year. The penultimate year of the One Plan 2012 -2016, 2015 proved to be another landmark year for the UN, with the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon inaugurating the new Green One UN House in May, as well as marking the 70th Anniversary of the United Nations in October.

The UN also played a key role in helping Viet Nam prepare for the transition from the Millennium Development Goals to the Sustainable Development Goals, and helped Viet Nam prepare to participate in key events on the global stage, including the Finance for Development Summit in Addis Ababa, the Sustainable Development Summit in New York and the Climate Change Summit COP 21 in Paris.

It was also another important year for delivering results. In January 2015, together with the Prime Minister, the UN launched the Secretary-General's Zero Hunger Challenge (ZHC) Initiative which is providing a strong platform for Viet Nam to address a number of SDGs. Building on this, a new UN joint project on 'Integrated nutrition and food security strategies for children and vulnerable groups in Viet Nam' moved into action, with financial support from the Sustainable Development Goals Fund.

Throughout the year, the UN came together with other development partners for high-level advocacy to address chronic deprivation in the ethnic minority areas. The 'MDG Action Plan for Ethnic Minority Areas' and multi-dimensional poverty approach were approved by the Prime Minister, offering a comprehensive policy package for tackling chronic poverty to ensure access to quality public services.

The UN also advocated successfully for greater public consultation during legislative reforms, including the land reform process, but the opportunities overall for participation of civil society organizations remains limited. The UN increased its engagement and dialogue with civil society organizations and helped broker direct representation in a number of critical processes.

An important UN joint programme was launched tohelp improve the enabling conditions for civil society organizations, including support to engage a national network of civil society organizations in the formulation of a new Law on Association. An important UN joint programme was launched to help improve the enabling conditions for CSOs, including support to engage a national network of CSOs in the formulation of a new Law on Association.

In 2015, the Government developed the first draft of the new five-year national Socio-Economic Development Plan. The UN Country Team took the opportunity to contribute substantive comments from an SDG perspective that were prepared by the eight joint programming groups. UN engagement will continue in 2016 to help integrate SDGs and relevant targets into the SEDP and in the formulation of a government action plan to roll out the SDGs.

As in previous years the UN values the strong collaboration with Government and donors. This tripartite partnership is one of the major factors in the success of the Delivering as One initiative. The UN system looks forward to continuing to work closely with all our national and international partners to build a more inclusive, sustainable and equitable future for everyone in Viet Nam.

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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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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


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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.


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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


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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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