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A new United Nations agency will open its doors in Viet Nam next week.

A United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) resident office will begin operating for the first time in Viet Nam from September 14. Viet Nam has been a member of UNESCO for 48 years, almost from the inception of the organisation.

UN Resident Co-ordinator Edouard A. Wattez welcomed the agency into the UN family in Viet Nam which has now grown to 10 UN resident agencies, as well as the Bretton Woods Institutions (World Bank and the International Monetary Fund).

"The very number of United Nations agencies and specialist organisations – and their wide range of experience, interests and activities – demonstrates our strong commitment to the people of Viet Nam," Mr Wattez said. "We are all looking forward to working together with the new UNESCO office to further promote peace and sustainable human development.

"Their valuable work in education, culture, communications and the area of science, as well as the promotion of peace, is well-recognised around the world."

The new UNESCO Representative, Rosamaria Durand – a Canadian citizen whose most recent posting was as Chief of the Co-ordination, Evaluation and New Technologies Unit for Culture in UNESCO’s head office in Paris – will be making her first public appearance next Tuesday (14 Sept) at the launching of the International Year for a Culture of Peace.

UNESCO was created in 1946 to work in the fields of education, science, social sciences, culture, communication and the promotion of a Culture of Peace.




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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