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With a premature death every five seconds, air pollution is violation of human rights, says UN expert

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 3 June 2019 - An independent UN expert said on Monday that the failure of governments across the world to ensure clear air, constitutes a "violation of the rights to life, health and well-being, as well as the right to live in a healthy environment."


#EarlyMomentsMatter Parenting Month: 1 UN joint statement calling for family leave and childcare

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31 May 2019 - We, the Heads of UNICEF, UN WOMEN, UNDP and UNFPA, representing over 37,000 UN staff members under the United Nations Common System, are committed to strong gender-responsive, family-friendly policies for all United Nations staff. We are committed to achieving, inter-alia, paid parental leave for all parents regardless of gender, including parents who adopt, foster, or have children through surrogacy or assisted reproductive technology; flexible working arrangements for parents; designated private rooms and appropriate breaks for nursing and pumping; and child-care support for parents with young children.


Around 140 children and adolescents in Ho Chi Minh City participate in a product design programme to innovate planet-friendly products

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20190528 160024Ho Chi Minh City, 31 May 2019 – During the summer of 2019, around 140 children and adolescents between 10-19 years old from poor and vulnerable neighborhoods in Ho Chi Minh City will participate in an innovative skills development programme under the theme "Children innovate: Planet-friendly Product Designs". The programme will be implemented by Saigon Innovation Hub in partnership with Arkki Viet Nam under the overall framework of Ho Chi Minh City's Child Friendly City Initiative and with support from UNICEF in Viet Nam.


Policy recommendations to promote gender equality in the Socio-Economic Development Plan in Ethnic Minority and Mountainous Areas for the 2021-2025 period with vision to 2030

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Anh hoi_nghiDa Nang, May 23, 2019 – Today, in Da Nang, the Committee on Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) Viet Nam held the workshop on Mainstreaming Gender in Socio-economic development Plan in ethnic minority and mountainous areas, and geographical areas with extremely difficult socio-economic conditions for the 2021-2025 period with vision to 2030. This workshop, organized with the financial support of Irish Aid in Viet Nam, received the participation of 30 delegates from 8 provinces and cities nationwide representing Ethnic Minority Committees at the provincial and district levels.


1 in 7 babies worldwide born with a low birthweight but the number of low birthweight babies stayed almost constant in Viet Nam over 15 years. – The Lancet Global Health, UNICEF, WHO

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The number of low birthweight babies stayed almost constant in Viet Nam over 15 years.

NEW YORK/ LONDON/ GENEVA/HANOI, 16 May 2019 – More than 20 million babies were born with a low birthweight (less than 2500g; 5.5 pounds) in 2015 - around one in seven of all births worldwide, according to the latest research undertaken by the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, UNICEF, and the World Health Organization (WHO), published in The Lancet Global Health journal. Data from the report showed that Viet Nam has had the lowest low-birthweight rate in South East Asia & Oceania at 8.2 per cent in 2015. “This figure is most encouraging, said Rana Flowers, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam, “however as a national average, it does not give us the complete picture and is likely to hide important disparities, for example among the poorest mothers, 28 per cent of whom do not have institutional deliveries, and their newborn’s weight is not usually recorded”, she added.



UN in Viet Nam's Statement on IDAHOT 2019

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46018275 2294440340630471_2017807263799967744_oHa Noi (Viet Nam), 17 May 2019 – the United Nations in Viet Nam joins hands with all organizations around the world who are commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May focused on Justice and Protection for All.


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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.


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


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.


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.

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