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Say No to Plastic Bags Campaign launched in celebration of World Oceans Day

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IMG 6313Cham Island, 8 June 2017 – In celebration of World Oceans Day and welcoming the 6th Quang Nam Heritage Festival (9 to 14 June), officials from Quang Nam Province, Hoi An Province, and UNESCO together launched the public campaign "Say No to plastic bags" contributing to Viet Nam's Sea and Islands week.

Since 2009 the World Biosphere Reserve of Cham Island joined UNESCO's World Network of Biosphere Reserves. The island represents a diverse marine ecosystem in South East Asia, embodying the preservation of the ecosystem through scientific research and careful management practices mobilizing the active participation of local community members.

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Vietnamese Actor Xuan Bac joins global celebrities in Super Dads campaign to highlight fathers' critical role in children's early development

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xuanbac 680NEW YORK/HANOI, 7 June 2017 – Vietnamese actor Xuan Bac joins other stars from the world of entertainment and sport including Mahershala Ali, David Beckham, the All Blacks, Daniel Cormier, Novak Djokovic, Lewis Hamilton, Her Majesty Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, Hugh Jackman, Sachin Tendulkar, Thalía, Chris Weidman in Super Dads Campaign, a new UNICEF initiative launched to celebrate fatherhood, and highlight the importance of love, play, protection and good nutrition for the healthy development of young children's brains.

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UNESCO supports Aeterna film production promoting human and cultural diversity

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aeterna filmHa Noi, 7 June 2017 - From May 31 to June 6 2017, UNESCO in collaboration with the International Cooperation Department, Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism provided support to the shooting of the movie, Aeterna, produced by FASAD, a Swedish production company, in four locations of Viet Nam. The cinematic odyssey celebrates human and cultural diversity on the planet, with images shot in 13 countries.

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New criteria for evaluation of Community Learning Centres in Viet Nam to be developed

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WS7Ha Noi 5 June 2017 – In effort to support localities assess Community Learning Centre (CLC) practices and effectiveness, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET), Vietnam Association for Learning Promotion (VALP), Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences and UNESCO carried out the first consultation workshop for the drafting of assessment criteria and indicators on CLC operational effectiveness.

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Data gaps on children in residential care leave the most vulnerable unaccounted for – UNICEF

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data gap_680GENEVA/NEW YORK, 1 June 2017: At least 2.7 million children live in residential care worldwide, according to a new estimate by UNICEF. Yet the figures, published today in Child Abuse & Neglect, are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg, with wide gaps in data collection and accurate records found in the majority of countries.

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Queen Máxima visits Viet Nam to discuss access to financial services

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B7A0574 Politics__rscropHa Noi, 31 May 2017 - Her Majesty Queen Máxima visits the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from Tuesday 30 May through Thursday 1 June in her role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Advocate for Inclusive Finance for Development. Viet Nam is developing a national strategy for inclusive finance to promote adequate, affordable and sustainable access to financial services. The strategy's aim is to improve the economic position and of the Vietnamese people and foster development.

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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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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.



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