Follow us on: 

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

Print Email

Ha 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.

As of today, Viet Nam is in a period of demographic dividend, recording the highest proportion of young people in the country’s history. According to the Viet Nam Population Change and Family Planning Survey 2015, adolescents and youth aged 10-29 account for about 30 per cent of the total population. This demographic window of opportunity presents Viet Nam with a timely and unique opportunity to support the new generation as drivers of social, political and economic progress.

Under the global theme of “Youth Building Peace”, Viet Nam celebrated International Youth Day with the theme of “Youth Empowerment for the Country’s Development”. The celebration’s main event, a policy dialogue between youth representatives and government leaders and parliamentarians, highlighted the role and contribution of young people in Viet Nam’s development and allowed for open dialogue regarding the needs and role of youth in policy development processes. Moreover the event welcomed youth performances and the exhibition of youth-led initiatives, projects and programmes in Viet Nam.

Addressing the Celebration, Mr. Nguyen Trong Thua, Vice Minister of Home Affairs said: "The Government of Viet Nam respects the important role and active participation of young people in developing and defending the country at all times. Young people are not only beneficiaries but also actively participate in policy development. The National Assembly, the Government and local authorities organized many forums and dialogues with young people where young people had opportunities to express their ideas, contributing to the youth programmes and policies".

Preceding the celebration, a participatory two-day capacity-building training involved 25 youth representatives from various backgrounds including ethnic minority groups, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex (LGBTQI), people living with HIV, migrants and people with disabilities.

Youth activists, entrepreneurs and students were among those trained on current youth policies and national programmes in Viet Nam, policy advocacy, interpersonal communication skills and the youth’s role in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and gender equality. Through the training, youth developed key questions to address during the policy dialogue and a youth statement capturing the aspirations and time-bound expectations youth which to follow-up and achieve.


A core aspect of the Youth Statement presented at the event, emphasized that young people are drivers of change and leaders of the future. Trusting, empowering and supporting young people creates an enabling environment for their success.

Attending the celebration, Tan Thi Su, Founder & Director of travel company Sapa Limited O'Chau and Nguyen Anh Khoa, Deputy Head of the People's Committee of Ba Dien Commune, Quang Ngai Province spoke of their experience, challenges and successes as entrepreneurs and youth of the Vietnamese community. The young speakers encouraged youth to be both ambitious and innovative in how they participate in development efforts; emphasized the importance of collective action; and highlighted the importance of failure in succeeding.

Initiating the event, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, U.N. Resident Coordinator to Viet Nam, underscored the standing of youth by stating that “International Youth Day should remind us all about the importance of empowering young people as important, expressive and active individuals. As members of society to influence policies and decisions that affect their lives and their contribution to Viet Nam’s social, environmental and economic development. Today should remind us to view youth as partners in achieving sustainable development, and not just the subjects or beneficiaries of our efforts.”



Building a peaceful, developed and prosperous country requires the full and meaningful participation of young people. Investing in them in ways that build their capabilities and creating opportunities that will enable them to realize their full potential in life are a prerequisite for their engagement in civic affairs.

On International Youth Day 2017, the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Viet Nam Youth Union and the United Nations in Viet Nam call on all stakeholders to make sure that young people are fully recognised, engaged and empowered to play a key role in the national effort to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.


Related info: speech of Mr. Kamal Malhotra, Resident Coordinator of the UN in Viet Nam at the celebration of the International Youth Day 2017 

Note to editors:

Recognizing the importance of youth and the need to address issues surrounding them, in 1999, the United Nations General Assembly declared 12 August International Youth Day, creating an opportunity to celebrate young peoples’ views and initiatives and to call governments to address youth related issues worldwide.

To find out more, please visit and follow us on:

For further information, please contact:

  • Ms. Nguyen Thi Hong Thanh, UN Communications, Mob: 0913093363, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





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.

RSS Email Subscription

Enter your email address: