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To Reach Sustainable Development for All, Asia and the Pacific Must Move Faster on Gender Equality — ADB, UN Women Report

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ASEAN delegates_reading_the_report_Nguyen_Duc_HieuHa Noi, Viet Nam, 25 October — Countries in Asia and the Pacific must accelerate progress on gender equality in order to reach the ambitious and progressive global goals under the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, according to a new report by the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and UN Women released today at the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women in Ha Noi.


Promoting Media Literacy for Gender Equality in ASEAN

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DSC 5437Ha Noi, 21 October 2018 - ASEAN, together with UN Women, held a seminar on Gender and Media Literacy. This is one of a series of events leading up to the ASEAN Ministerial Meeting on Women which will be held later this week.


Ethnic minority women seizing their potential and being counted in Viet Nam’s socioeconomic development

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Panel discussion_in_the_eventHanoi, 19 October 2018 – Today, the dialogue "Seizing our Potential: Good Practices on Gender Mainstreaming in Socio-Economic Development Programmes in Ethnic Minority Communities" between civil society organisations, community based organisations and other stakeholders was organized by iSEE and UN Women, with financial support from Irish Aid, in the Candle Hotel, Hanoi.The dialogue was organized to create a space to share and document challenges and successes inensuring ethnic minority women are engaged at every stage of the development and implementation of socioeconomic development programmes in ethnic minority regions of Viet Nam.


Ensuring gender equality promotion in the (revised) Labour Code – the key to enhanced competitiveness and sustainable development

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LC-6Hanoi, 19 October 2018 - Today in Hanoi, on the eve of the Vietnamese Women's Day (20 October), a consultation workshop was held on promoting gender equality in the revision of the Labour Code. It was organised by the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), with support from Investing in Women, an initiative of the Australian Government, and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Viet Nam.


21 Teams of Children Compete for the Most Creative and Practical Concept for a Smart and Child-Friendly City

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SG Day-2-8Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam), 18th October 2018 – Nearly 300 girls and boys from Ho Chi Minh City will have the opportunity to showcase 21 innovative concepts of a smart and child friendly city on 18-19 October during the Ho Chi Minh City Week of Innovation, Startup & Entrepreneurship – WHISE 2018. Urban planning experts, decision makers and the public will have a chance to vote online for the most creative and practical concept.


New challenge calling on young innovators to design solutions to improve employability skills and empowerment launched in Viet Nam

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Social Media_assetsHo Chi Minh City (Viet Nam), 17th October 2018 – UNICEF and partners are launching today a new challenge calling on young innovators in Ho Chi Minh City and surrounding provinces to design solutions that will improve skills and training for young people, and empower them to take actions on issues that affect them. The Youth Challenge is part of the global initiative called Generation Unlimited.


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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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