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Children will meet with National and Provincial leaders of Viet Nam on World Children’s Day to voice their concerns to decision makers

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world children_day_680Hanoi, 17 November 2017 – On World Children’s Day, November 20, Vietnamese children will join millions of children around the world to raise their voice to help save children’s lives, fight for their rights, and help them fulfill their potential. They will meet with senior leaders of the National Assembly, National and Provincial Government to learn about the work carried out by the legislative body and Government agencies to advance children’s rights and discuss about the challenges that children are facing, especially those disadvantaged. Children will also “take over” UNICEF’s Viet Nam social media for a week to reflect the voices of children in different regions of the country.

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A new collaboration between Viet Nam and UNFPA to address inequalities in sexual and reproductive health and family planning

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HA NOI, 15/11/2017 – A new project between Viet Nam and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) entitled "Support the Ministry of Health to effectively address inequalities in Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) and Family Planning (FP) and deliver health response to emerging issues through developing and monitoring the implementation of evidence and human right-based laws and policies" (VNM9P01), for the period 2017-2021, was launched today between the Ministry of Health and UNFPA in Viet Nam.

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Disaster preparedness education through folk games

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IMG 2542-resizeHa Noi, 4 November 2017 – On the occasion of World Tsunami Awareness Day, traditional games were organized around the Hoa Kiem Lake at the heart of Ha Noi city, to raise awareness on the risks of tsunamis and disaster prevention measures. 

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Violent discipline, sexual abuse and homicides stalk millions of children worldwide – UNICEF

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evac 680NEW YORK – HA NOI, 1 November 2017 – Staggering numbers of children – some as young as 12 months old – are experiencing violence, often by those entrusted to take care of them, UNICEF said in a new report released today.

“The harm inflicted on children around the world is truly worrying,” said UNICEF Chief of Child Protection Cornelius Williams. “Babies slapped in the face; girls and boys forced into sexual acts; adolescents murdered in their communities – violence against children spares no one and knows no boundaries.”

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Don’t just blame the teacher when the system is at fault, says UNESCO

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gem 680Paris 24 October 2017 – UNESCO's 2017/8 Global Education Monitoring (GEM) Report highlights the responsibility of governments to provide universal quality education and stresses that accountability is indispensable in achieving this goal. The Report, released today, warns that disproportionate blame on any one actor for systemic educational problems can have serious negative side effects, widening inequality and damaging learning.

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Third National Conference on Open Educational Resources in Viet Nam

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OER2 680Ha Noi, 19 October 2017 - The Open Educational Resources (OER) community in Viet Nam including research centers, institutions of higher education, library associations, NGOs, and international organizations promoted the OER movement at the third National Conference on OERs, through the sharing of OER practices and lessons learned, making recommendations to scale up OER in higher education in Viet Nam.

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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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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.



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