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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.


UN study sheds new light on discrimination against rape victims* “The Trial of Rape” study launch in Viet Nam

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Trial of_Rape_3Ha Noi, 21 March 2018 - The majority of victims of sexual assault in Thailand and Viet Nam face serious challenges in obtaining justice, and this is in part due to discriminatory attitudes and practices which discouraged, dismissed and disempowered them at every step in the justice process; from the initial reporting to trial, a new United Nations study has found.


Policy Event on “Empowering Rural Women for Vietnam’s Sustainable Development”

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IWD2 680Ha Noi, 8th March 2018 – In commemoration of International Women's Day, the United Nations in Viet Nam together with Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the Viet Nam National Committee for the Advancement of Women held a policy event on "Empowering Rural Women for Vietnam's Sustainable Development" in Ha Noi. The event brought together about 100 participants, including leaders and officials from ministries, governmental agencies, representatives from more than 20 cities and provinces, socio-political organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as NGOs and the media. The policy dialogue focuses on the current situation of rural women in terms of living conditions, work, employment and social security in Vietnam's process of achieving Sustainable Development Goals and realizing international commitments to promote gender equality and women's empowerment. While raising awareness of such situation among participants, the event also aims to promote the contribution of rural women in Vietnam's social development.


United Nations and Turkey sign USD 50,000 agreement to support disaster preparedness and related coordination activities

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turkey 50k_680Ha Noi, 31 January 2018 - Viet Nam is especially vulnerable to effects of changing weather patterns, which have recently led to an increase in the severity and number of typhoons and storms impacting the country. 2017 was marked by extensive national efforts to respond to the devastating impacts of Typhoon Damrey, which, together with 15 additional storms, led to economic losses estimated at more than VND 51.6 trillion (about USD 2.3 billion). Furthermore, Damrey and other storms caused severe human suffering, with over 375 people dead or missing, and over 4 million affected. Going forward, it is expected that Viet Nam will continue to face an increase in severe weather patterns which negatively impact of the well-being of its people and the development of the country.


Viet Nam must protect right to food amid rapid industrialization - UN human rights expert

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right to_food_amid_680GENEVA (19 December 2017) – Viet Nam’s impressive achievements with respect to social and economic rights by making dramatic reductions in poverty and food insecurity must be balanced against growing concerns of adverse environmental impacts affecting people’s livelihoods, Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food has said.


The United Nations allocates over US$ 4 million for emergency disaster response in Viet Nam

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damrey cerf_funded_4milHa Noi, 28 November 2017 – Following the devastating impact of Typhoon Damrey in Viet Nam, the United Nations (UN) has approved an additional allocation of US$ 4.21 million from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to provide life-saving assistance to 150,000 people, including 46,973 children, in six affected provinces.


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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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