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Op-ed: The role of Parliamentarians in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals in Viet Nam

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Parliamentarian SDG

On 22 May 2018, the United Nations General Assembly made the decision to designate 30 June as the International Day of Parliamentarism. On this occasion, we are reminded of the significant role of Parliaments in deciding countries' development paths and particularly in the realization of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) with the central aim of "Leaving No One Behind."

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UNDP Administrator Visit to Viet Nam Focuses on Sustainable Development

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file-7Ha Noi, 26 June 2018 – Mr Achim Steiner, United Nations Development Programme Administrator and Vice-Chair of United Nations Sustainable Development Group, starts his visit to Viet Nam today where he will meet with senior government leaders of Viet Nam, UN officials and attend the sixth Global Environment Facility Assembly. The two-day visit will reaffirm the partnership between the Government of Viet Nam and the UN, focusing on the nation's sustainable development.

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Joint effort by international partners in combatting plastic pollution in Vietnam

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CountdownPlastic UN_01Hanoi, June 4, 2018 - Over time, plastic waste slowly degrades and breaks down into smaller pieces called micro-plastics, which usually end up in the oceans and from there, potentially enters into the food chain. Forty-one embassies and international organisations will mark World Environment Day by signing a Code of Conduct on Combatting Plastic Pollution at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien at 9:00am.

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Message from the United Nations in Viet Nam about Zero Tolerance against Sexual Harassment

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New RC_800Ha Noi, 21 May 2018 - As the courage of #MeToo speakers across the world forces a reconsideration of how violence against women is managed and ended, we express our solidarity with victims and with the pressure for change. This is as urgent in Viet Nam as it is in the rest of the world. For far too long, there has been denial and minimization of sexual abuse as well as negative consequences for victims who dare to name their experiences. These are gendered experiences: the majority of perpetrators are men and the majority of victims are women - a reflection of how power is distributed at home, at work, and in the public space.

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The UN in Viet Nam Reiterates Its Support for L.G.B.T.I. People on the International Day against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia

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IDAHOTHa Noi (Viet Nam), 17 May 2018 – The United Nations in Viet Nam stands with all members of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) communities and organizations around the world in commemorating the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia (IDAHOT) on 17 May, joining the "Alliance for Solidarity" – the 2018 IDAHOT theme.

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7 Days Sustain-Ability Challenge

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Hanoi, 10 April 2018 - Today the Embassy of Sweden together with the United Nations (UN) in Viet Nam and Live&Learn launched an initiative called "The 7 Day Challenge" at the Green One UN House in Ha Noi.The 7 Day Challenge is part of the organisors' efforts to promote the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN, Agenda 2030 and an important event to mark the upcoming Earth Day 22 April 2018 (theme: End Plastic Pollution). The campaign receives significant support from the Swedish Institute, the Swedish Alumni Viet Nam Network, the Viet Nam Green Generation Network and various universities, schools and mass organisations throughout Viet Nam.

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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.


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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


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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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