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Enhanced Results-Based Management for the 2016-2020 Action Plan for Gender Equality

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bitter chocolateHa Noi, 3 February 2016 – The Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) taskforce for the development of the 2016-2020 Gender Action Plan critically reviewed the preceding 2012-2015 Action Plan, applying new gender responsive planning and results-based management (RBM) skills during the UNESCO-MOET training workshop.

The integration of gender responsive results-based management is a crucial step forward towards the preparation of the post-2015 Action Plan on Gender Equality for the Education Sector and for the Plan to achieve effective, relevant, quality results.


Consultation workshop for the "Anthropological approach in ethnic minority affairs in Viet Nam" training programme

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shutterstock 76517485Ha Noi, 3 February 2016 – In cooperation with the Council of Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), UNESCO moves forward on the development of the training programme "Anthropological approach in ethnic minority affairs in Viet Nam".

As part of UNESCO's ongoing support to the Council of Ethnic Minority Affairs in concretizing the anthropological and culturally appropriate approach in development, this joint endeavour comes at a time when the Government of Viet Nam has prioritized the adoption of a people-centred approach to development that respects diversity and is appropriate with the local context, especially in the case of ethnic minority groups, most of which live under the poverty line.


Education officials move closer to establishing a key tool in Viet Nam’s education reform

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GAW-Hue-2014-7Ha Noi, 1 February 2016 – Education managers and national and regional authorities advanced the development of the MOET-UNESCO Guiding Document on Gender Mainstreaming in Textbook and Curriculum Development. Once completed, the tool will serve as the basis for those involved in textbook and curriculum development and validation to ensure that gender equality is mainstreamed in teaching and learning throughout Viet Nam.

Education is an essential element of Viet Nam's social and economic growth and development. The equal inclusion and integration of both boys and girls in all aspects of the education system is imperative. As a component of UNESCO's Gender Equality and Girls' Education Initiative in Viet Nam, a half-day consultation workshop built upon the first draft of the guiding document that had been developed through two workshops in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City in December 2015.


Introductory Session to the UNESCO International Fund for Cultural Diversity

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IMG 4669-TJ13Hue Citadel by Thomas JeppesenHa Noi, 22 January 2016 – On 17 February 2016, UNESCO Ha Noi, in cooperation with the Goethe Institute, will organize an introductory session to the International Fund for Cultural Diversity (IFCD) 2016.

The International Fund for Cultural Diversity, closely linked to the 2005 Convention on the Protection and Promotion of the Diversity of Cultural Expressions, supports government agencies and civil society organizations in projects that lead to structural change through the introduction and/or elaboration of policies and strategies that have a direct effect on the creation, production and distribution of and access to a diversity of cultural expressions including cultural goods, services and activities in any form, such as music, theatre, audiovisual or design, among others.




72 hours to make the world better for children with disabilities

TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is an international non-profit organization using design and technology to address neglected problems. The TOM event is an intersection between challenges and technical solutions. Participants with different backgrounds and expertise gather together for a 72-hour “makeathon” and build a product to help someone in need. TOM focuses on inclusive designs with a reasonable price for people with disabilities. In Hebrew, Tikkun Olam means changing the world; and this is TOM’s mission. (See more information about TOM at Dead

In 2016, the United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the Embassy of the State of Israel, UNICEF, Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD), FABLAB Saigon, and other partners from academia and the private sector will co-organize the TOM event in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a unique opportunity for children with disabilities and families to present their challenges, as well as share ideas of products that would help to reduce their challenges. Based on these ideas, technical teams will develop innovative solutions during a 72-hour “makeathon” to help children have a better life.


The Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day


10 December 2015 - Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


The Secretary-General’s message on International Anti-corruption Day


9 December 2015 - Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically.  Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely -- and rightly -- understood as criminal and corrosive. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows as well as for the recovery of stolen assets.

Corruption has disastrous impacts on development when funds that should be devoted to schools, health clinics and other vital public services are instead diverted into the hands of criminals or dishonest officials.


The Secretary-General’s message on World AIDS Day


1 December 2015 - This year, we mark World AIDS Day with new hope. I applaud the staunch advocacy of activists. I commend the persistent efforts of health workers. And I pay tribute to the principled stance of human rights defenders and the courage of all those who have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease.

World leaders have unanimously committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September. This commitment reflects the power of solidarity to forge, from a destructive disease, one of the most inclusive movements in modern history.


The Secretary-General’s message on the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women


25 November 2015 - The atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women's freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.

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