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UNICEF applauds Viet Nam’s new guidelines to reduce child malnutrition

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imam 390_02Ha Noi, 23 August 2016 – The government of Viet Nam has issued the National Guidelines for the Management of Severe Acute Malnutrition (SAM) among children under six years of age, making it the third country in the region to adopt such guidelines which are in line with the 2013 recommendations from the World Health Organization. The aim is to reduce child deaths by improving the quality of lifesaving nutrition services for children. Nationally, 45 percent of deaths of children under five years are related to under-nutrition.

Malnutrition remains a significant public health concern in Viet Nam with a staggering 1.8 million children who are stunted (short for their age) and around 200,000 children under 5 years who are severe acute malnourished (thin for their height). Those who are severely wasted are nine time more likely to die than their healthy peers.

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Vietnamese Youth: Critical partners to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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IYD PR_600HA NOI, 12 August 2016 – Young people are not only our future -- they are also our present. Our planet has never been so young, with more than 1.8 billion young women and men.

Viet Nam is currently experiencing a "golden population" period , recording the highest proportion of young people in Viet Nam's history. There are more than 25 million young people aged between 16-30 - more than a quarter of the total population.

Young people are the most connected, the most outspoken and the most open-minded generation the world has ever seen. They are powerful agents of positive change, and must play a key role in taking forward the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

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77 million newborns globally not breastfed within first hour of life - UNICEF

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wbw2016Delayed breastfeeding increases risk of newborn deaths by up to 80 per cent. Photo: UNICEF Viet Nam\2016\Truong Viet HungNew York/Hanoi, 5 August 2016 – Some 77 million newborns – or 1 in 2 – are not put to the breast within an hour of birth, depriving them of the essential nutrients, antibodies and skin-to-skin contact with their mother that protect them from disease and death, UNICEF said.

"Making babies wait too long for the first critical contact with their mother outside the womb decreases the newborn's chances of survival, limits milk supply and reduces the chances of exclusive breastfeeding," said France Bégin, UNICEF Senior Nutrition Adviser. "If all babies are fed nothing but breastmilk from the moment they are born until they are six months old, over 800,000 lives would be saved every year."

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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.

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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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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.


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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.


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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.


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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.



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