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New film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham highlights urgent need to end violence against children

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David backam_07_390NEW YORK, 5 December 2016 – A powerful new film featuring UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador David Beckham was released today to illustrate the brutal reality that physical and psychological abuse can mark children forever.

During the new 60-second UNICEF film, scenes of violence against children appear as animated tattoos on David Beckham’s body. While Beckham’s own tattoos were marks chosen to represent happy or important memories, millions of children bear marks they have not chosen: the long-lasting scars of violence and abuse. The animations in the film depict all too common forms of violence that boys and girls endure in spaces where they should be safe – their homes, schools, online and in their communities.

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Viet Nam: UNICEF's Emergency Relief Focuses on Child-Centered Disaster Risk Reduction

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UNICEF Water and Sanitation Supplies (PUR and Aquatabs) at the warehouse in Ho Chi Minh city. UNICEF and the Government of Japan as provided emergency support with the government in response to the drought and salt water intrusion in Viet Nam in 2016. © UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Pham Le Tuan NghiaHanoi, 28 November 2016 – At the request of the Government of Viet Nam, UNICEF has been providing critical support to children and women affected by the drought and saltwater intrusion crisis in 10 provinces in Viet Nam's Central Highlands, South Central Coast and Mekong Delta Region. Since August 2016, UNICEF Emergency Programme has been operating within the framework agreed with the Government and is increasingly and steadily converging to the risk-informed programming approach, bridging the gap between the development work and the humanitarian response, in a development setting

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Domestic violence against children is widespread in Viet Nam despite protecting laws, says UNICEF study

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VAC-campaign 4Ha Noi, 24 November 2016 – Despite legislative protection, children in Viet Nam continue to experience widespread violence in the home with long-term physical, psychological, emotional and academic consequences, according to a recent UNICEF-commissioned multi-country study.

Often, children in violent homes describe the multiple forms of violence they witness such as parental violence, or the physical and emotional violence they are victim of themselves, and how they may feel neglected by their parents.

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Creative hubs in Viet Nam receive spotlight during National policy dialogue

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Image-1Hue City, 24 November 2016 - The Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism (MOCST), in cooperation with UNESCO and the British Council in Viet Nam, jointly coordinated a policy dialogue on the development of creative hubs in Viet Nam, particularly in major cities such as Ha Noi, Ho Chi Minh City and Hue.

The policy dialogue is the result of the productive partnership between the Ministry and UNESCO through which a situation analysis on the development of creative hubs in Viet Nam and relevant supporting policies and management frameworks was conducted. The research falls under the broader framework of the Korean Fund-in-trust funded project aiming to kick-start the implementation of the newly approved National Strategy on Cultural Industries. This initiative is also supported by the British Council in Viet Nam through their provision of technical expertise from the UK.

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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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The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls

 

25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


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UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary

 

Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.


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Call for participation - Volunteering for SDGs – UNV Vietnam Facebook Photo Contest


Volunteering for Sustainable Development Goals – UNV Vietnam Facebook Photo Contest

On the occasion of International Youth Day (IYD) celebration event organized by the UN in Vietnam "Vietnamese Youth: Partners in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals", the UNV Field Unit (FU) in Vietnam is thrilled to launch its Facebook Photo Contest – "Volunteering for Sustainable Development Goals". Vietnamese Youth is a driving force of Volunteerism and has an important role to play in achieving SDGs, including through Volunteer activities. Show the world how you contribute to achieving the SDGs by Volunteering! Either you are a young volunteer or any other kind of volunteer, you are welcome to join the contest!


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Talking about the One Health mission in Viet Nam with FAO experts

18/07/2016 - After responding to emergency zoonotic outbreaks, the importance of One Health Approach has been emphasized worldwide in effectively preventing and controlling these diseases. In order to discover more about this approach within the Viet Nam country context, a discussion was held with FAO Viet Nam's Emergency Centre for Transboundary Animal Diseases (ECTAD) core One Health technical staff members (Pawin Padungtod – Senior Technical Coordinator, Nguyen Thuy Hang – One Health Advocacy and Communication Coordinator and Nguyen Phuong Oanh – Operations Officer to talk about their recent One Health assessment mission in Ha Giang and Quang Nam provinces.



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