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Building skills of youth leaders to advocate against violence against women by using social media

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violence social_media_trainingHanoi, from August 3rd to 5th, 2015 – For the first time, UN Women in collaboration with Viet Nam Volunteer Center, Youth Union (VVC) organized a training course to raise awareness on gender equality and to increase skills in advocating campaigns for ending violence against women and girls (VAWG) through social networks. The training course took place in Hanoi in three days gathering 32 youth leaders of volunteer clubs, teams and groups from Northern, Middle and Southern regions of Vietnam.

During the training course, participants were equipped with the basic knowledge on gender, different forms and root causes of VAWG as well as how to prevent VAWG. In addition, the training course provided participants necessary skills to align and mobilize other young people in preventing VAWG through social networks. Under the guidance of trainers, participants developed their own social media action plans in order to raise awareness and mobilize the participation of the youth in preventing VAWG in Viet Nam.


Viet Nam hosts key consultation on human rights action plan

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Respect for human rights is the guiding principle of the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first global expression of the rights to which all people are entitled. Photo: UN Viet Nam\2015\Truong Viet HungRespect for human rights is the guiding principle of the United Nations. The Universal Declaration of Human Rights was the first global expression of the rights to which all people are entitled. Photo: UN Viet Nam\2015\Truong Viet HungHa Noi, 5 August 2015 – An important consultation took place today in Ha Noi on a key national Action Plan to address human rights.

Organized by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) and UNDP, the consultation presented and discussed the draft Action Plan to address recommendations made at Viet Nam's Universal Periodic Review (UPR) held in Geneva in February 2014.


On World Day against Trafficking in Persons, far more still needs to be done to help victims and end impunity for criminals

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world day_against_traffickingWith girls making up two out of every three child victims, together with women, they now account for 70 per cent of trafficked persons worldwide. Photo: UN Viet Nam\shutterstock\53997202

Vienna, 30 July 2015– Each year millions of women, men and children are trafficked for profit. They are sexually exploited, made to undertake demanding and often dangerous work in homes, farms and factories across the globe, and find themselves victims of one of the many other forms of abuse such as forced marriage or organ removal. Yet despite the wide-spread recognition that this is one of today's most exploitative crimes, action is lacking: more needs to be done to dismantle the organized criminal networks behind this, while at the same time it is critical that assistance to victims be stepped up.

Against this background, and with the second annual World Day against Trafficking in Persons being marked today, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is calling for definitive and marked action to both end the impunity of traffickers, and to drastically scale-up the much needed support being provided to victims.


World Population Day 2015 - Increase vulnerable population's access to quality reproductive and family planning services in natural disaster

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IMG 2813HA NOI, 10 July 2015 – As the world prepares to observe World Population Day on July 11th, UNFPA calls for the international community to double efforts to protect the health and rights of women and girls during conflicts and humanitarian disasters.

A recent United Nations report warns that the number of forcibly displaced people has risen to a record number – almost 60 million at the end of 2014. Among these, most women and adolescent girls face particular threats as a result of the absence of health and other essential services that they need.  
“Even under normal conditions, reproductive health complications are a leading cause of death and illness among women of childbearing age” said Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin, Executive Director of UNFPA. “In humanitarian situations, an estimated one in five women and adolescent girls are likely to be pregnant. As skilled birth attendance and emergency obstetric care often become unavailable, pregnant women’s and girls’ vulnerability to death and injury is further exacerbated.




The Secretary-General's Message on World Humanitarian Day


19 August 2015 - On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the selfless dedication and sacrifice of workers and volunteers from around the world who devote themselves – often at great personal risk – to assisting the world’s most vulnerable people.

This year, more than 100 million women, men and children need life-saving humanitarian assistance.  The amount of people affected by conflict has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, while the number of those affected by natural and human-induced disasters remains profound.  


The Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Youth


12 August 2015 - Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.

As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.


Second situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam

Ha Noi, 6 August 2015 - Lessening rainfall over the past two days has helped local relief and recovery efforts in coastal provinces. On Monday 4 Aug, President Truong Tan Sang visited affected households in Quang Ninh, emphasizing the urgent need for resettlement of affected households.

An initial assessment from UN humanitarian partners in the field suggests that food and water supplies are already in place in Quang Ninh. However, Localized damage from flash floods and landslides has increased in mountainous provinces, particularly in terms of agriculture and transport.


The First Situation Report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam

Ha Noi, 3 August 2015 - More than 20 people have lost their lives in a series of flashfloods and landslides in Northern Viet Nam. Thousands of houses have been damaged by floodwater, crops destroyed and roads closed in a week of unusually heavy rain. The UN in Viet Nam and its NGO partners continue to monitor the situation very closely and is standing by to assist national and local Government in any way required.


The Secretary-General's Message on World Day Against Trafficking In Persons


30 July 2015 - Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit.  Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation.

Trafficked persons are often tricked into servitude with the false promise of a well-paid job. Migrants crossing deadly seas and burning deserts to escape conflict, poverty and persecution are also at risk of being trafficked.  Individuals can find themselves alone in a foreign land where they have been stripped of their passports, forced into debt and exploited for labour.  Children and young people can find their lives stolen, their education blocked and their dreams dashed. It is an assault on their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.

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