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The rights of LGBT people - Achievement and challenges

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IMG 0597Ha Noi 15 May 2015 - Viet Nam had recently made notable achievements in promoting and protecting the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people (LGBTI). In June 2014, the Law on Marriage and Family for the first time lifted the ban on marriage between two people of the same sex. A government’s decree issued in late 2013 crossed out the administrative fine on same-sex wedding ceremony. The needs of sexual minorities started to be considered in the process of revising laws. Social stigma against LGBTI people had been reduced substantially. At the Human Rights Council, Viet Nam was one of the countries passing a resolution to condemn discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. It was said to be among the top countries protecting LGBTI rights in Asia.

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Katy Perry calls on Viet Nam’s young professionals to help improve children’s lives

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kp 390UNICEF NextGen members taking photo with UNICEF goodwill ambassador, Katy Perry at the Under 30 Summit organized by Forbes in Ho Chi Minh City on May 12, 2015. Photo: UNICEF Viet Nam\2015\Truong Viet Hung

UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador at Under 30 Summit

Ho Chi Minh City, 13 May 2015 – Katy Perry, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador and global pop superstar, made a special stop-over to Ho Chi Minh City where she gave the keynote speech at Forbes Viet Nam first-ever Under 30 Summit.

During her panel session, Perry took questions from the audience and moderated a discussion with young professionals who are working to make a difference for Vietnamese children’s lives.

She also shared her own personal stories, including her wish to have had more consistent and better quality education. Perry then encouraged young people to use social media and technology as a modern megaphone to advocate for causes they believe in.

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Viet Nam Marks Third UN Global Road Safety Week to Keep Children Safe on Roads

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grsw pr“Child road-traffic injuries and related fatalities continue to affect a disproportionate number of Vietnamese children, more attention needs to be paid to regulation and voluntary use of helmets among children,” said UNICEF Representative Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil. Photo: UNICEF Viet Nam\2014\Truong Viet HungHanoi, 5 May 2015 - This week Viet Nam marks the Third UN Road Safety Week. At the request of the United Nations General Assembly, this year's theme will focus on "Save Kids Lives" in Viet Nam.

Children around the world, including in Viet Nam will sign a "Child Declaration for Road Safety" and present it to leaders around the world calling for more actions to improve road safety.

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that globally around 186,300 children perish on roads each year, one every four minutes. Hundreds more children are injured every day, many severely. These traumatic events cause immeasurable suffering and grief, and at times economic hardship for families and friends. In addition, they cost societies precious resources, diverting these from other pressing health and development challenges.

In Viet Nam, road traffic accidents place a huge burden on society, claiming nearly 9,000 lives and causing tens of thousands more injuries in 2014, according to the National Traffic Safety Committee (NTSC).

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Social protection for women and girls is fundamental to gender equality

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UNONE-428Ha Noi, 21 April 2015 – The importance of social protection to achieving full rights of women and girls was stressed today at a workshop held by Institute of Labour Sciences and Social Affairs (ILSSA), Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The event bought together over 80 participants, including policy makers, representatives from MOLISA and other ministries, UN experts, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as NGOs and the media.

In Viet Nam, assurance of social protection for people is a key mission and policy of the Party and State. With the importance of this issue, Resolution No. 15/NQ-TW detailing main social policies in the period of 2012 – 2020 of the Political Bureau was discussed and approved in the fifth Session of the Central Executive Committee, term XI. After that, the Resolution No. 70 detailing the Action Plan of the Resolution No.15 was also approved by the Government. The Resolutions are two of many actions of the Party and State in promoting basic social services for people.

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