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UN Women- Korea partnership helps women in drought stricken provinces in Viet Nam

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unwomen korea_droughtPhoto: UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet HungHa Noi, 20 July, 2016 – The Government of Republic of Korea (the ROK Government) and UN Women signed a US$300,000 agreement to improve the hygiene and sanitation conditions of 15,000 women and girls in 7,500 poor and near poor households in 6 drought stricken districts in Central Highland and Mekong Delta provinces in Viet Nam.

"The ROK Government is pleased to partner with UN Women in providing humanitarian aid to support relief efforts in Central Highland and Mekong Delta region of Viet Nam. In line with ROK Government's initiative for Better Life for Girls, we hope the support will have a meaningful impact in improving sanitation and hygiene conditions of women and girls in the drought affected areas and in reducing the risk of secondary effects such as disease outbreaks. The ROK Government will continue to support efforts to address climate change in Viet Nam, including by sharing experience and knowledge on sustainable environment and climate policies" said H.E Mr. Lee Hyuk, Ambassador of the Republic of Korea to Viet Nam.


K-Pop giant S.M. Entertainment and UNICEF partner to promote inclusive education for children in Viet Nam

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unicef sme_800Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 11 July 2016 – UNICEF and K-Pop giant S.M. Entertainment have signed today a Memorandum of Understanding agreeing to cooperate over the next three years to strengthen inclusive education in Viet Nam. The South Korean entertainment company will make a financial contribution of US$450,000 (approximately VND 10 Billion) to support UNICEF's Growing with Music project. The partnership is built on shared values to uphold children's rights and will emphasize on the positive impact of music on the development of lifeskills and values for children starting from early childhood.


World Population Day 2016 - Investing in teenage girl is an investment in our future

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Photo2 resizeHA NOI, 9 July 2016 – On 11 July, as communities everywhere observe World Population Day, Ministry of Health and UNFPA in Viet Nam call for investments in support of teenage girls.

Today, there are about 1.8 billion young people – those aged 10 to 24 – comprising roughly one quarter of the world’s population. Their aspirations and achievements will shape the future.

“The new development agenda calls on us to leave no one behind. To reach those furthest behind, leaders and communities must focus on and stand up for the human rights of the most marginalized teenage girls, particularly those who are poor, out of school, exploited, or subjected to harmful traditional practices, including child marriage. Marginalized girls are vulnerable to poor reproductive health and more likely to become mothers while still children themselves. They have a right to understand and control their own bodies and shape their own lives,” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA.


Investing in the most disadvantaged children is an economically sound and strategic decision, says UNICEF

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sowc2016 pr_390HA NOI (Viet Nam), 06 July 2016 – The latest UNICEF annual flagship report The State Of the World's Children 2016 - A Fair Chance for Every Child points to evidence that investing in the most vulnerable children can yield immediate and long-term benefits for the country. For instance, each additional year of schooling completed, on national average, can reduce a country's poverty rates by 9 per cent. Each additional year of education a child receives increases his or her adult earnings by about 10 per cent. Solutions such as cash transfers can help children stay in school longer and advance to higher levels of education which will benefit the whole country.




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.


Launch of UN Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016

The Asia-Pacific region's journey towards a successful achievement of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development should be driven by broad-based productivity gains and further rebalancing towards domestic and regional demand, says the United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) in its latest flagship publication. The Economic and Social Survey of Asia and the Pacific 2016 underlines that such a strategy will not only underpin revival of robust and resilient economic growth but will also improve the quality of this growth by making it more inclusive and sustainable.


Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction in Hanoi, Viet Nam

In light of the new framework on disaster risk reduction and changing contexts of the post-2015 development agenda, UN Women and Government of Viet Nam, in collaboration with UNISDR and UNDP, and with support from the Government of Japan is organizing an Asia-Pacific Regional Conference on Gender and Disaster Risk Reduction to mark one year of the adaptation of the Sendai Framework. The aim of the regional conference is to provide a forum for Governments, the civil society, the academia and UN agencies and other development partners to discuss how gender equality and women's participation can be integrated into targets, indicators and actions when developing implementation plans at regional, national and local levels.


The Secretary-General’s message on International Women’s Day “From The Glass Ceiling To A Carpet Of Shards”

8 March 2016 - As a boy growing up in post-war Korea, I remember asking about a tradition I observed: women going into labour would leave their shoes at the threshold and then look back in fear. “They are wondering if they will ever step into those shoes again,” my mother explained.

More than a half-century later, the memory continues to haunt me. In poor parts of the world today, women still risk death in the process of giving life. Maternal mortality is one of many preventable perils. All too often, female babies are subjected to genital mutilation. Girls are attacked on their way to school. Women’s bodies are used as battlefields in wars. Widows are shunned and impoverished.


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.

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