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

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Ha 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.

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The UN in Viet Nam has a key role in coordinating response efforts by all humanitarian partners, including INGOs and development partners, and has built a successful bridge between the Government and the wider humanitarian community. The UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Mr. Kamal Malhotra, noted that "With this arrangement between the Turkish Government and the UN in Viet Nam, I strongly believe that disaster coordination will continue to support the necessary life-saving humanitarian preparedness and response efforts of the UN and other partners to the expectations of the vulnerable citizens of Viet Nam".

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The UN Resident Coordinator also reiterated his acknowledgement of financial contributions from other co-funding partners to the Government of Viet Nam, the Viet Nam Red Cross, UN agencies and INGOs. These are: the Governments of Australia, China, the Republic of Korea, Kuwait, New Zealand, Russia, and the United States. Without the financial contributions of such partners, the timely response to the impacts of natural disasters such as typhoon Damrey would not have been possible.

For more information, please contact:

  • Jessica HOLTERHOF, Office of the Resident Coordinator, Tel: (+84-24) 3850 0189, 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.

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