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IMG 0375Ha Noi, April 17th 2019 - On occasion of Viet Nam's Day for People with Disabilities - April 18th 2019, Viet Nam Federation on Disability (VFD), Action to the Community Development Center (ACDC), Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD) and Disabled People's Organization of Ha Noi co-organized the workshop: "Access for all" in Ha Noi. The event gathered about 200 people from different government agencies; United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam (UNDP); Australian Embassy; national and international non – governmental organizations; organizations of and for people with disabilities; many groups, assemblies of people with disabilities and people with disabilities themselves.


UNICEF, VCCI and businesses share promising family-friendly workplace policies and practices to promote child rights

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Good practice_Business_forumHO CHI MINH CITY, 16 April 2019 – The Good Business Practice Forum co-organized by the Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) and UNICEF today served as a platform for more than 100 businesses and key business stakeholders to share international and national good practices, lessons learned and ways forward to promote child rights through family-friendly workplace policies and practices.

Promising business practices were shared by factories from the footwear and apparel industry with potential to scale in the manufacturing sector. CCR-CSR, a consulting agency on child rights in supply chains, highlighted what worked and what didn't through their engagement with factories in Viet Nam and in the region. An upcoming workplace policies survey was shared by Management and Sustainable Development Institute (MSD) to get buy in and support from business leaders present at the event. A unique aspect about these business practices is the attempt to go beyond compliance aspects and focus on sustainability of the business actions.


UNDP and Citi Foundation Jointly Host Youth Co: Lab Summit To Accelerate The Largest Youth Social Entrepreneurship Movement In Asia and the Pacific

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 DSC08945 April, 2019, Hanoi, Vietnam – The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and Citi Foundation, with the collaboration and support from the Ministry of Science and Technology and the Viet Nam Volunteer Center, opened the second Asia Pacific Youth Co:Lab Summit, in Hanoi today. The flagship event brings together over 500 delegates, including hundreds of youth, partners and government officials from 20 countries, to exchange ideas, knowledge and experiences, to influence policy initiatives on youth entrepreneurship and social innovation.


Citizens are more satisfied with public services but concerned about environment, poverty and corruption: 2018 PAPI Report

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DSC01041Ha Noi, 2 April 2019 – The 2018 PAPI Report, released today, reveals general improvement in provincial and local government performance, with citizens reporting less corruption in health care and education, greater satisfaction with most basic public services, and more interactions with local officials. Scores also rose for processing of construction permits and personal documents. However, the results show no progress in levels of bribery for obtaining land use rights certificates, or in diversion of public funds by officials, and more than half of the respondents said water quality in their locality had worsened over the past three years.


Launching event on “Branding design competition for the National Action Month on Gender Equality and Gender-Based Violence”

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FRA 0288HANOI, March 27, 2019 – In response to the National Action Month on Gender Equality (GE) and Gender-Based Violence (GBV) Prevention and Control (from 15 November - 15 December), a competition on Branding design for the National Action Month on GE and GBV" was launched today in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in cooperation with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA).


Accelerating mine action for safety and sustainable development

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DSC00120-e2Quang Binh province, 19 March 2019 – A ceremony was held today in Quang Ninh district, Quang Binh province to hand over mine action equipment to the Viet Nam Mine Action Centre (VNMAC). It included almost 200 detectors, which will be used for the 'Korea-Viet Nam Mine Action Project'. The official handover was done by the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Viet Nam, His Excellency Mr. Do-Hyon Kim, to VNMAC Deputy Director General, Mr Nguyen Hanh Phuc, in the presence of the Country Director of the Korea International Cooperation Agency (KOICA) in Viet Nam, Mr. Jinoh Kim and the Resident Representative a.i. of the UN Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam, Ms. Caitlin Wiesen.


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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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