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UN Resident Coordinator's courtesy call on the Chairperson of National Assembly, H.E. Mme. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan

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Ha Noi, 3 March 2017 - The Chairperson of the National Assembly, H.E. Mme. Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan extended a warm welcome to the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Mr. Kamal Malhotra and expressed her confidence that the RC would provide successful service to Viet Nam given his vast experience in the economic development field. Viet Nam, she said, is proud to be a responsible member of the United Nations for the past 40 years and has been actively participating and collaborating with the various UN agencies. The Viet Nam National Assembly is thankful to the UN and UNDP for its capacity building support to Vietnamese legislators and the legislative bodies in the country.

Mr. Kamal Malhotra thanked Mme. Ngan for the offer of cooperation to the UN and UNDP and expressed hope for an even more strengthened partnership under the One Strategic Plan (OSP) 2017-2021. The UN and the Government of Viet Nam reached an agreement recently on the OSP, and mentioned that while it will be signed soon, he hoped, the UN is ready to move ahead with its implementation. UN Viet Nam today is recognized globally among the foremost One UN examples in the world for its progress on the "Delivery as One" Initiative and recognized the strong support of the NA Chairperson and reiterated his commitment to a coherent One UN approach and to providing leadership to ensure that the 14 UN agencies here and 4 non-resident agencies which are partners of the OSP 2017-2021 contribute as best as they can together to Viet Nam's future development.

Mme. Ngan expressed hope that the UN will provide technical support in realizing the SDGs as per UN's expertise and areas of programmatic support outlined in the OSP. The RC extended UN's offer of support to help raise awareness on the SDGs and it was agreed that the UN would contribute to the regular courses that the NA organizes for MPs and local representatives on the role of the NA in guiding and overseeing the SDGs implementation.

The RC also expressed hope to contribute substantively to Viet Nam's aspiration to be an upper middle income country (UMIC), on how to avoid pitfalls and challenges UMICs are facing by sharing knowledge and experiences having worked in two UMICs in the region. He expressed UN's willingness to support in organizing the Spring and Autumn Economic Forums in 2017, which are widely viewed as an open and inclusive platform for economic policy dialogues.

Both sides agreed that relevant bodies/Committee of the NA will be tasked to review their cooperation with the UN and come up with a programme of operation with the UN.

Finally, Mme Ngan expressed hope that the UN will continue to uphold its core role in maintaining international peace and stability. She reiterated the continued support of the NA to the UN's programmatic support through its supervisory role to ensure its effective implementation.

For more information, please contact: Mr. Trinh Anh Tuan, UN Communications, This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ; +84 43 850 0193



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.


The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls


25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary


Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.


Call for participation - Volunteering for SDGs – UNV Vietnam Facebook Photo Contest

Volunteering for Sustainable Development Goals – UNV Vietnam Facebook Photo Contest

On the occasion of International Youth Day (IYD) celebration event organized by the UN in Vietnam "Vietnamese Youth: Partners in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals", the UNV Field Unit (FU) in Vietnam is thrilled to launch its Facebook Photo Contest – "Volunteering for Sustainable Development Goals". Vietnamese Youth is a driving force of Volunteerism and has an important role to play in achieving SDGs, including through Volunteer activities. Show the world how you contribute to achieving the SDGs by Volunteering! Either you are a young volunteer or any other kind of volunteer, you are welcome to join the contest!

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