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Viet Nam appeals for US$48.5 million to respond to worsening drought

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emergency response to address the worsening El Niño droughtHa Noi, 26 April 2016 - Today the Government of Viet Nam, United Nations and partners are appealing to the international community to support a US$48.5 million emergency response plan to address the worsening El Niño drought, already affecting as many as two million people in southern and central regions.

A recent joint rapid assessment, undertaken by the Government, UN and non-governmental organizations in March estimated that in the 18 most severely affected provinces, as many as two million are without access to water and 1.1 million in need of food aid. More than 60,000 women and children are already malnourished, and as many as 1.75 million people have lost livelihoods as a result of the worsening situation.


Progress of women’s empowerment and gender equality in Viet Nam through the lens of CEDAW

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cedaw forum.jpegHa Noi, 19th April 2016 – The progress of women's empowerment and realization of gender equality through the lens of the Convention on Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW) over the past 10 years in Viet Nam was reviewed today at a national forum held by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) and United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women). The event bought together over 100 participants, including Vice Minister of MOLISA, representatives from lien ministries, National Assembly, Socio-political Organizations, civil society organizations, the UN in Viet Nam, bilateral and multilateral donors, as well as the media.


Women, ethnic minorities and poor less likely to vote: latest survey

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 MG 9924Ha Noi, 12 April 2016 – Findings from the 2015 PAPI Report, released today, show declines at the national level in five out of the six governance dimensions the survey measures. Almost 14,000 randomly selected citizens nationwide were interviewed for the 2015 Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI), which assesses citizen experiences with national and sub-national government performance in governance, public administration and public service delivery.

Out of the six dimensions, the most substantial drop was in the transparency index, which fell by more than seven percent. This decline is partly because of less public awareness of local lists of poor households and less confidence in the accuracy of the information provided. For example, almost half (46%) of those surveyed believe that truly poor households are not included in the lists. In 2015 there was also less publicity about local land-use plans and land price frames, and fewer opportunities for citizens to comment on these plans.


Viet Nam Launches the First-ever Specialized Court for Children

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Mr Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, Representative UNICEF in Viet Nam speaks at the eventMr Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, Representative UNICEF in Viet Nam speaks at the eventHo Chi Minh City, 4 April 2016 – The national launch of the Family and Juvenile Court has been held today in Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam. This is the first ever specialized court for children in the country, aiming to provide better support and protection for children in contact with the law. Following the national launch in HCMC, it is expected that the Family and Juvenile Court will be rolled out across all the provinces and districts of Viet Nam.

“The creation of the Family and Juvenile Court is a milestone for children’s rights in Viet Nam, and the achievement of a long journey. This is a wonderful achievement that speaks for the continued role of Viet Nam as a leader for child rights in the region and globally”, said Mr. Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam.




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.


The Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day


10 December 2015 - Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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