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The scales have tipped - UNAIDS announces more than half of all people living with HIV on life-saving treatment

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Postcard -_knowing_HIV_statusHA NOI, 20 July 2017 - UNAIDS has released a new report showing that for the first time the scales have tipped: globally, more than half of all people living with HIV (53%) now have access to HIV treatment and AIDS-related deaths have almost halved in the past ten years. In 2016, 19.5 million people living with HIV had access to treatment, and AIDS-related deaths had fallen from 1.9 million in 2005 to 1 million in 2016. Provided that scale-up continues, this progress puts the world on track to reach the global Fast Track target on treatment by 2020.

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World Population Day 2017 Family Planning: Empowering people, Developing Nations

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a4 0212HA NOI, 11 July 2017 – Today, 11 July is World Population Day, with the theme on "Family Planning: Empowering people, Developing Nations. This year also marks the 40th Anniversary of cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNFPA. On this occasion, Ministry of Health and the United Nations Population Fund  (UNFPA) in Viet Nam co-organize a Celebration of the 40th Anniversary of Viet Nam - UNFPA Cooperation.

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Conference on rolling out of the implementation of the National SDGs Action Plan

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sdg action_plan_03_680Ha Noi, 07/07/2017 – Today MPI in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam (UN) and GIZ organised a Conference on launching the National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals. The conference was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement and participated by representatives from ministries, government agencies, National Assembly, UN agencies, embassies, NGOs and other international development agencies in Vietnam.

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Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations sign One Strategic Plan for 2017-2021

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C55A3086 1Ha Noi, 5 July 2017 – The Minister of Planning and Investment, H.E. Nguyen Chi Dzung, as assigned by the Prime Minister of the Government of Viet Nam, and the United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, H.E. Kamal Malhotra, on behalf of the United Nations, signed the new Government of Viet Nam – United Nations Joint One Strategic Plan (OSP) for period 2017 – 2021 between the Government of Viet Nam and 18 UN Agencies: FAO, ILO, IOM, ITC, IAEA, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UN Women and WHO.

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Despite laws 11% of women in Vietnam are married before legal age

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early mariage_680Ha Noi, June 29, 2017 – Globally, 15 million girls marry every year before they reach there eigtheenth birthday. The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development set Target 5.3 to eliminate all harmful practices including child, early and forced marriage by 2030. In Viet Nam, despite the Law on Marriage and Family setting the minimum legal age for marriage at 18 for women and 20 for men, 11% of women aged 20-49 years were married or in union before the age of 18. Moreover, the continuing disparities across regions and ethnic groups mean that communities that are left behind socio-economic development and progress towards gender equality struggle with higher prevalence of child marriage. The first national survey on social-economic conditions of 53 ethnic minority groups conducted by the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and the General Statistics Office in 2015 revealed that the average rate of child marriage among the 53 ethnic minority groups was as high as 26.6%, with some ethnic minority communities showing very high rates of early and child marriage ranging from 50 to 70%.

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Investments in poor children save more lives per dollar spent, new UNICEF study says

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unicef newstudy_680NEW YORK, 28 June 2017 – Investing in the health and survival of the most deprived children and communities provides more value for money, saving almost twice as many lives for every US$1 million spent as equivalent investments in less deprived groups, according to a new UNICEF analysis.

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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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