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120 vulnerable children from Ho Chi Minh City play football to END violence against children

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fun football_fest_17Ho Chi Minh City (Viet Nam), 04 March, 2017 – 120 marginalized and abused children from Ho Chi Minh City will gather this weekend to play in the Fun Football Festival, to promote the positive impact of sport on vulnerable children.

The festival, organized by Ho Chi Minh City Social Work Service Center and UNICEF and supported by Manchester United promotes positive values, equips vulnerable children with fundamental social skills, and thereby contribute to the prevention and response to child abuse, violence, and exploitation as well as children in conflict with the law.


Policy Event on “Women in the Changing World of Work”

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women in_changing_world_groupHa Noi, 3rd March 2017 – In commemoration of International Women's Day, the United Nations in Viet Nam together with the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) held today a policy event on "Women in the Changing World of Work". The event brought together more than 100 participants, including the Minister of MOLISA, representatives from ministries, National Assembly, socio-political organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as NGOs and the media. The event emphasized the importance of women's economic empowerment in the changing world of work, this is also the global topic that the UN and country members choose for 2017.


Partners of the Gender Equality and Girls Education Initiative in Viet Nam discuss improved project advancements

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IMG 6161Ha Noi, 17 February 2017 – Government officials, students, members of Community Learning Centers (CLCs) and UN agencies have discussed the findings and recommendations of the Gender Equality and Girl’s Education Initiative Midterm Review for enhanced relevance, effectiveness and efficiency during the project’s final year of implementation.

During the Midterm Review Briefing on January 19, 2017, the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) hosted partners of the Gender Equality Initiative as well as UNESCO and members of UNFPA to discuss key findings and recommendation of the review. Feedback and discussions voiced through the meeting have been used to finalise the review.


Assistant UN Secretary-General and Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator meets with the Deputy Prime Minister of Viet Nam to discuss progress in eliminating malnutrition by 2030

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Assistant UN Secretary-General Ms. Gerda Verburg hands over the Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Annual Progress Report 2015 to the Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Vu Duc Dam to reiterate strong committment of Viet Nam to eliminate malnutrition by 2030.Ha Noi, 16 February 2017 – In a bilateral meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Mr. Vu Duc Dam of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam, Scaling Up Nutrition (SUN) Movement Coordinator and Assistant UN Secretary-General Ms. Gerda Verburg called on the Government and the nutrition community, at large, to remain steadfast in its commitment to fight malnutrition in the country.




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


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.


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.


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.


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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