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Slowing down saves lives

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road safety_01Hanoi, 25 April 2017 -- Viet Nam will mark the Fourth UN Global Road Safety Week on 8 - 14 May 2017. Launched by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam, the Week will focus on speed and what can be done to address this key risk factor for road traffic deaths and injuries.


Viet Nam commits to effectively safeguard practices related to the Việt beliefs in the Mother Goddesses of Three Realms

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mother goddesesNam Dinh, 2 April 2017 – A ceremony to hand over the UNESCO certificate to Viet Nam was organizedfollowing Decision 11.COM 10.b.37 by the Intergovernmental Committee for the Safeguarding of Intangible Cultural Heritage at its 11th Session in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on inscription of the element on the UNESCO Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity.


Viet Nam hosts the Asia-Europe Meeting conference on innovative education and human resource building for sustainable development

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ASEMHue, 30-31 March 2017 – The Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM) conference initiated by Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, allowed for the sharing of best practices in promoting quality and innovative education for human resource development and for the identification of needed policies and recommendations in such areas. Policymakers, government officials, businesses, youths and other stakeholders in Asia and Europe also collaborated for the integration of 21st century skills into existing educational systems.


Migration positively supporting people adapt to environmental change in Viet Nam

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MECLEPHa Noi, 31 March2017 - A report entitled ‘Adapting to climate change through migration — A case study of the Vietnamese Mekong River Delta’ has been published by the International Organization for Migration (IOM).




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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