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Over 600 inmates get legal help before returning to communities

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legal aidHa Noi June 29th, 2016 - Inmates who are released back into the community after long prison sentences face a wide variety of problems, many of which can be addressed with improved access to legal services.

This was highlighted by the Ho Chi Minh City University of Law Legal Consultancy Center and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) as they hosted a workshop at the Green One UN House in Ha Noi today to discuss the outcome of a pilot project to provide mobile legal aid in 5 prisons to inmates who are scheduled for release pursuant to the terms of their sentence.

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UN envoy calls for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children in Viet Nam

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marta santos_680_concludedHa Noi, 22 June, 2016 – The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General (SRSG) on Violence against Children, Marta Santos Pais, has concluded a 3-day visit to Viet Nam calling on the government, civil society and all stakeholders for strong collaboration and action to eliminate violence against children. In Viet Nam, children are particularly vulnerable to neglect, abuse and violence at the home, especially children with disabilities; to the persistence of cross-border trafficking, commercial sexual exploitation and child labor; to the overuse of detention of child offenders; and to the increasing threat of online abuse. "Violence against children also has high financial costs for society through its long-lasting impact on child development, and for the budgets of the health, social welfare and criminal justice systems. By investing in prevention we can strengthen Viet Nam's human and social capital", Santos Pais stressed in her meetings with the government.

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Launch of Industrial Development Report 2016 (IDR 2016) “The Role of Technology and Innovation in Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development”

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DSC 2915Ha Noi, 17 June 2016 - The Ministry of Industry and Trade in collaboration with the United National Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), once again organized the third consecutive launch for the Industrial Development Report 2016 (IDR 2016) “the Role of Technology and Innovation in Inclusive and Sustainable Industrial Development”.

IDR 2016 has shown that technology should be closely linked with innovation to ensure a sustainable development. A sustainable and inclusive industrialization can rapidly be achieved when policy makers provide appropriate policies to facilitate the process of industrialization, avoiding the mistakes other countries have made earlier. This report also refers to the urgency of international cooperation to promote technological changes and achieve an inclusive and sustainable industrial development.

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Launching Workshop of Technical Assistance Project “Support the Government of Viet Nam to develop industrial strategies and related policies through institutional capacity building”

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DSC 2895Ha Noi, 17 June 2016 - The Ministry of Industry and Trade coordinated with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to organize an event for launching the technical assistance project “Support the Government of Viet Nam to develop industrial strategies and related policies through institutional capacity building”. The project is funded by the Government of the Republic of Korea via UNIDO and expected to be implemented in 36 months.

In the context of extensive international economic integration with Free Trade Agreements (FTAs) like TPP, VKFTA, VEUFTA, etc. the industry of Viet Nam will face competitive challenges from outside. The Ministry of Industry and Trade has coordinated with UNIDO to deploy this Technical Assistance Project with an aim to contribute to increasing the industrial competitive capacity of Viet Nam.

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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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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 www.tomglobal.org) 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.


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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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