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Age Is Nothing but a Number: Bridging the Gap between the Young and the Old - Photo voice exhibition "Timeless" on International Day of Older Persons

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photovoice timelessHa Noi, 29 September 2015 - An opening reception of the photo voice exhibition "Timeless" was held this morning in Ha Noi by the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and the General Office for Population and Family Planning (GOPFP). The exhibition was organized on the occasion of International Day of Older Persons and the Month of Action for Older People 2015 to show a positive view of ageing population in turning challenges into opportunities and to strengthen the understanding of the dynamics of an ageing society.

Viet Nam has officially entered the "ageing phase" since 2011, and is among the most rapidly ageing countries in the world. The proportion of older persons in the total population has increased to 10.5 per cent in 2014, and will be doubled to 23 per cent in 2040. As the world sets out an inspirational new development agenda, and commits to reaching the new Sustainable Development Goals, Viet Nam must envision a new paradigm that aligns demographic ageing with economic and social growth and protects the human rights of older persons.


WELLA-UNICEF Making Waves: Empowering change through education, all around the world

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wellaHo Chi Minh City, 25/9/2015 - Building on their success in Europe and South America, WELLA-UNICEF MAKING WAVES is proud to expand their partnership to Viet Nam, working with the local authorities and an established training centre to share hairdressing skills and support education in Ho Chi Minh City.

WELLA-UNICEF MAKING WAVES is a long-term partnership between Wella and UNICEF in collaboration with hair stylists and their clients from around the world. It aims to transform the lives of vulnerable young people through hairdressing training, mentoring and life skills education. Since 2010 the partnership has empowered more than 31,000 young people in Brazil and Romania to fulfil their rights and realize their potential.


UNICEF and Ho Chi Minh City Launch the Child Friendly City Initiative High Level Conference

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high level_round_table_390(Left) Mr Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF’s Representative in Viet Nam and Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman HCMC People’s Committee high-level roundtable conference on "child Friendly city" initiative.Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), 24 September 2015 – UNICEF together with the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City co-organized today a high level roundtable conference to prepare the ground for the development of a Child Friendly City Initiative to promote better quality lives for vulnerable children in Viet Nam’s most prosperous city. The conference comes as part of the key events marking the 40th anniversary of cooperation between UNICEF and the Government of Viet Nam, celebrated in Hanoi earlier this week.

“Child Friendly” initiative promotes the provision of the best possible quality of life for to children and all citizens. Child Friendly City is the place where children and young people's voice is heard, respected and taken into consideration in all activities. This is where children enjoy the right to participate in the city's decision making process and actions to improve children's situation and the evaluation thereof,” said Mr Hua Ngoc Thuan, Vice Chairman HCMC People’s Committee.


UNICEF and Viet Nam celebrate 40 years of cooperation for children

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UNICEF @ 40Ha Noi, 22 September 2015 - UNICEF gathered with Vietnamese government officials today to celebrate a 40-year partnership that has improved lives and well-being of generations of Vietnamese children. Attending the celebrations were Vice-Prime Minister Mr Vu Duc Dam, leaders and representatives from Government agencies, international and national organizations, young people and children.

"Viet Nam and UNCEF have a long history of cooperation and trust, which has contributed to the improvement of people's lives in general and children's in particular, said Minister of Labour, Invalid and Social Affairs, Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.




Joint Message on the Occasion of World Teachers’ Day - Empowering Teachers, Building Sustainable Societies

Every year on World Teachers' Day, we celebrate educators and the central role they play in providing children everywhere with a quality education. Today, as the global community comes together around the new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, the role teachers play has never have been more important.

The new global education goal, SDG 4 which is at the heart of the Education 2030 Agenda, calls for "inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all". Realising this goal is critical to achieving all our global development targets – for strong societies depend on well-educated citizens and a well-trained workforce. But we can only realize this agenda if we invest in recruiting, supporting, and empowering teachers.


The Secretary-General's message on World Habitat Day


5 October 2015 - Each year on World Habitat Day, we reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the cities of the future to look like.

This year’s observance follows the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an inspiring new framework that will guide our efforts to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all on a healthy planet.  

The new Sustainable Development Goals – which include SDG-11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – represent a broad international consensus that recognizes sustainable urban development as a transformational approach. As part of an integrated agenda, cities and human settlements have an important role to play across the entire spectrum of the 2030 Agenda.


The Secretary-General's message on The International Day of Older Persons


1 October 2015 - On the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, we recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.

On September 25 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Heads of State and governments committed themselves to building a sustainable world where no one, regardless of their age or gender, is left behind. In implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must account for the demographic changes of the next 15 years. These will have a direct bearing on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Remarks by the Secretary-General at summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda


New York, 25 September 2015

Esteemed co-Chairs of this post-2015 Summit,
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have reached a defining moment in human history.

The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity.

Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere.

It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms.

An agenda for the planet, our common home.

An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership.

It conveys the urgency of climate action.

It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all.

Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind.  


The Secretary-General's message on The International Day of Peace 2015


21 September 2015 - This year's International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.

Although it may seem hopelessly distant, the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere.

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