Follow us on: 
Media Releases

FAO/IAEA – UNIDO – GSFP join forces on Food Safety in Asia

Print Email

join forces_in_food_safety_in_asia_1Viet Nam, 9 – 20th November 2015 – Protection of the integrity of the food supply is of utmost importance in terms of food security, food safety and quality, consumer protection and international trade. Techniques to maintain and ensure the quality and safety of food are necessary throughout the food production and supply chain. The need for methods to monitor and verify food safety and quality, and ensure food traceability is evidenced by the ever growing list of food product recalls due to contamination.

To meet these requirements, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture and in collaboration with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and the Global Food Safety Partnership (GSFP) have joined hands with the government of Viet Nam to organize the International Training Workshop on Food Safety, Quality and Traceability from 9-20th November 2015 in Viet Nam.


Launch of the National Communication Campaign: "Eliminating Sexual Violence against Women and Girls"

Print Email

gbv 16daysofaction_13HA NOI, November 24, 2015 – Violence against women and girls undermines family stability and solidarity, and is one of the gravest violations of human rights. Urgent global action is needed to address it.

Here in Viet Nam, the National Study on Domestic Violence against Women, released by the General Statistics Office and the United Nations in Viet Nam in 2010, showed that 58 per cent of ever-married women had experienced at least one form of violence (physical, mental or sexual) at some point in their lives. Approximately 50 per cent of victims did not tell anyone about the violence they endured, and 87 per cent did not seek help from public services.


WHO supports nationwide campaign to combat antimicrobial resistance

Print Email


IMG 7502First ever Antibiotic Awareness Week in Viet Nam to promote safe and appropriate use of antibioticsHANOI, 16 November 2015 – The World Health Organization in Viet Nam (WHO) and the government of Viet Nam have joined hands to organize the first national Antibiotic Awareness Week from 16-22 November. Antimicrobial resistance in Viet Nam is adversely affecting the health of the population and weakening the health care system.

In recent years, Viet Nam has witnessed a growing threat of antimicrobial resistance, brought about by the excessive and irrational use of antibiotics at all levels of the health care system and the by the public as a whole. In addition, the use of antimicrobials in animal husbandry, agriculture and food production increases the risk of spread of resistant microorganisms and threatens the safety and sustainability of the food chain. Antibiotic residues in soil, water and the environment further contribute to antimicrobial resistance due to weak regulations around industrial and human waste disposal.


Promotion of Energy Efficient Industrial Boiler Adoption and Operating Practices in Viet Nam

Print Email


unido new_pro_01Ha Noi, 17 November 2015 - The Ministry of Industry and Trade and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) jointly organize the Project Document Signing Ceremony of the project "Promotion of Energy Efficient Industrial Boiler Adoption and Operating Practices in Viet Nam".

The project objective is to reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions through promotion of industrial energy efficiency boilers adoption and operation. At the global level, the Project will contribute to the GHG emission reduction by over 1,837,355 tons of CO2 emission. And the country will save 467,317 tons oil equivalent (TOE) during the ten years of project impact period (from 2019 to 2028). The Project will increase the competitiveness of national enterprises as the result of reduced energy costs and cause less local pollution and impact on the environment.




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.


The Secretary-General's message on World Diabetes Day 2015


14 November 2015 - Close to 350 million people in the world have diabetes, and the prevalence is rising rapidly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There is much all of us can do to minimize our risk of getting the disease and, even if we do get it, to live long and healthy lives with it.

People who have diabetes lose their ability to properly regulate their blood sugar. Out-of-control blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.


The Secretary-General’s message on World Food Day 2015

16 October 2015 - This year's observance of World Food Day follows the landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of 17 goals to guide our work towards a future of dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

How we choose to grow, process, distribute and consume the food we eat has a profound effect on people, planet, prosperity and peace. Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda will not be possible without rapid progress towards ending hunger and undernutrition. In the same way, delivering on the commitment to end hunger forever, for all people, will not be possible without major gains across the new Agenda.


The Secretary-General’s message for The International Day For Disaster Reduction

13 October 2015 - This year's observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.

In March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, I met with the President of Vanuatu,

His Excellency Baldwin Lonsdale, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. On that very day, his island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam, one of the strongest storms ever to strike the Pacific.

The force of the storm led to expectations that there would be great loss of life. Thankfully, this was not the case. One reason was that cyclone shelters built in the traditional style from local materials, saved many lives.


The Secretary-General's message on the International Day of the girl child


New York, 11 October 2015 - The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.

Our task now is to get to work on meeting the SDG targets and making good on our promises to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood by 2030. That means enabling them to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, protect against HIV transmission, stay safe from female genital mutilation, and acquire the education and skills they need to realize their potential. It also requires ensuring their sexual health and reproductive rights. Girls everywhere should be able to lead lives free from fear and violence. If we achieve this progress for girls, we will see advances across society.

RSS Email Subscription

Enter your email address: