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Global hunger continues to rise, new UN report says

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shutterstock 22968360111 September 2018, Rome – New evidence continues to signal that the number of hungry people in the world is growing, reaching 821 million in 2017 or one in every nine people, according to The State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2018 released today. Limited progress is also being made in addressing the multiple forms of malnutrition, ranging from child stunting to adult obesity, putting the health of hundreds of millions of people at risk.

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Green One UN House in Viet Nam Awarded by the World Green Building Council

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GOUNH

Singapore, 6 September 2018 – The Green One UN House (GOUNH) in Viet Nam was awarded the Leadership in Sustainable Design & Performance Award in the Institutional Category at the World Green Building Council's (WorldGBC) biennial Asia Pacific Leadership in Green Building Awards which recognizes iconic green buildings, up-and-coming innovators and inspiring companies driving change and creating a better future throughout the Asia-Pacific region.

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Workshop on Dissemination of Viet Nam’s Voluntary National Review 2018 on SDGs

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VNR workshopHanoi, 24th August 2018 – Today, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam and the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ)(*) co-organised a Workshop on the "Dissemination of Viet Nam's Voluntary National Review presented at High Level Political Forum 2018". The workshop was co-chaired by Dr. Pham Hoang Mai, Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment, MPI, Ms. Akiko Fujii, Co-chair of the UN Programme Management Team in Viet Nam, and Dr. Michael Krakowski, Director cum Chief Technical Advisor of the Macroeconomic Reforms/ Green Growth Programme, GIZ. The workshop attracted the participation of representatives from ministries, government agencies, UN agencies, embassies, business community, media, acamedia, NGOs and other international development agencies in Vietnam.

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Youth offer policy solutions to the revised Youth Law in commemoration of the 2018 International Youth Day

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IYD Small-4HA NOI, 10 August 2018 – A group of young Vietnamese people today had their voices heard on the revision of Youth Law of Viet Nam at a policy dialogue with the Ministry of Home Affairs and relevant stakeholders.

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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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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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