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Third National Conference on Open Educational Resources in Viet Nam

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OER2 680Ha Noi, 19 October 2017 - The Open Educational Resources (OER) community in Viet Nam including research centers, institutions of higher education, library associations, NGOs, and international organizations promoted the OER movement at the third National Conference on OERs, through the sharing of OER practices and lessons learned, making recommendations to scale up OER in higher education in Viet Nam.


Understanding inclusion and participation in working with youth

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inclusion working_with_youth_680Ha Noi, 12 October 2017 – With the ever-growing role of youth in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals, UNESCO and UNFPA jointly led a two-day workshop from 11-12 October on strengthening the inclusion of young people within the review of youth policies and frameworks. Based on UNESCO’s toolkit “Developing Evidence-Based, Participatory, Gender Equal and Socially Inclusive Youth Policies in Southeast Asia,” participants identified solutions to strengthen the voice of youth in policy development.


UNIS Ha Noi’s year of triple celebrations

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UNIS-HANOI-30-Year-Tifo-680Ha Noi, 03 October 2017 - The 2017-2018 academic year will certainly be a year to remember for the United Nations International School Hanoi (UNIS Hanoi) as it celebrates three significant milestones!

This year marks the School's 30th year in operation, 20 years as the first IB school in Asia and the Head of School's 10th year at the helm of UNIS Hanoi.


Law-enforcement and media agencies promote safety of journalists in Viet Nam

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Ha Noi, 29 September 2017 – Fifty representatives from law-enforcement agencies and media organizations, education institutions and professionals of Viet Nam agreed to enhance efforts to protect journalists from threats of violence in a training workshop on the importance of facilitating free flow information and transparency. The two-day training workshop organized on 28-29 September in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC) in coordination with UNESCO and with representation from the Ministry of Public Security promoted the interdependent role of both media professionals and law enforcement agencies in ensuring the safety of journalists and an end to impunity for crimes against journalists.






1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


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.

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