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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.


Launching Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam

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Ha Noi, 22 November 2017 – Today, the United Nations in Viet Nam and Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) launched the Essential services package for women and girls subject to violence in Viet Nam.


UNIS Ha Noi’s year of triple celebrations

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UNIS-HANOI-30-Year-Tifo-680Ha Noi, 03 October 2017 - The 2017-2018 academic year will certainly be a year to remember for the United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) as it celebrates three significant milestones!

This year marks the School's 30th year in operation, 20 years as the first IB school in Asia and the Head of School's 10th year at the helm of UNIS Hanoi.


Viet Nam celebrates 2017 International Youth Day: "Youth Empowerment for the Country’s Development"

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iyd2017-680Ha Noi, 11 August 2017 – Celebrating International Youth Day, over 500 young people, representatives from the Ministry of Home Affairs, Youth Union, the United Nations (UN) in Viet Nam and government and development organizations gathered in Ha Noi in the morning of 11 August to commemorate and promote the role of youth in advancing socio-economic growth, peace, and sustainable development through policy.


Conference on rolling out of the implementation of the National SDGs Action Plan

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sdg action_plan_03_680Ha Noi, 07/07/2017 – Today MPI in collaboration with the United Nations in Viet Nam (UN) and GIZ organised a Conference on launching The National Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 sustainable development agenda. The conference was chaired by Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Council for Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement and participated by representatives from ministries, government agencies, National Assembly, UN agencies, embassies, NGOs and other international development agencies in Vietnam.


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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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