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Viet Nam makes progress in promoting green growth

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IMG 2020Ha Noi, 12 January 2017 - The Green Growth Coordination Meeting - Reporting on the implementation of the Viet Nam Green Growth Strategy (2012-2016) was held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) with support from the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP). The meeting was attended by representatives from Government agencies and ministries, selected provinces/cities and international development agencies in Viet Nam.

The meeting reviewed the implementation of Viet Nam’s Green Growth Strategy. Good practices, experiences and lessons learned showcased at the meeting inform the development and implementation of the national Green Growth Action Plan, serving as  important pathways towards implementing the Paris Agreement.

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Early Moments Matter for children’s brain development, UNICEF

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early moment_matters_390The first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain. © UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet HungNEW YORK, 10 January 2017 – UNICEF today launched #EarlyMomentsMatter, a new campaign supported by the LEGO Foundation to drive increased awareness about the importance of the first 1,000 days of a child’s life and the impact of early experiences on the developing brain.

During this critical window of opportunity, brain cells can make up to 1,000 new connections every second – a once-in-a-lifetime speed. These connections contribute to children’s brain function and learning, and lay the foundation for their future health and happiness. A lack of nurturing care – which includes adequate nutrition, stimulation, love and protection from stress and violence – can impede the development of these critical connections.

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Very low electricity price set for basic need: new research

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shutterstock 211130215Ha Noi 10 January 2017 – “For the first 30kWh per month, a minimal price should be set for all electricity users per month and cash transfer should be eliminated”, recommends a policy discussion paper launched today by the Centre for Analysis and Forecasting of Viet Nam Academy of Social Sciences (CAF/VASS) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme in Viet Nam (UNDP) and the British Embassy in Ha Noi.

The paper also recommends another option for the concessional first 30 kWh per month, a freezing of the current tariff and a radical simplification of the cash transfer – merging it into other transfers – and abolishing the usage requirement.

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Books for Rural Areas of Viet Nam Programme honored as winner of the UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize

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IMG 5798Ha Noi, 16 December 2016 - The Center for Knowledge Assistance and Community Development (CKACD), has been honored for receiving the 2016 UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize for its programme Books for rural areas of Viet Nam, building libraries in rural and disadvantaged areas to help the neo-literate maintain their reading capacity.

The innovative approach of Viet Nam’s programme focusing on building libraries in rural and disadvantaged areas has made books accessible to more than 400,000 readers in rural areas and built more than 9,000 libraries in 26 provinces with a very limited budget, relying heavily on book donations.

Earlier this year, CKACD’s Programme was nominated among over fifty programmes implemented across the world, as one of the two winners of UNESCO King Sejong Literacy Prize 2016. Following the announcement of the five 2016 UNESCO International Literacy Prize winners on the 1st of September, the Award Ceremony was organized on the occasion of the 50th Anniversary of International Literacy Day in Paris (8th of September).

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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


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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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