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Promoting gender equality through revision of the Labour Code

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ElisaHa Noi – 26 April 2018 – Today, over 80 experts from governmental agencies, local organizations international organizations, and academia gathered in Ha Noi for the workshop "General Consultation on Gender Mainstreaming and Gender Impact Assessment of the Proposal to Revision Viet Nam's Labor Code", jointly held by Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA), UN Women and the Australian Embassy. The aim of the workshop was to identify gender discriminations present in the provisions of the current 2012 Labour Code, discuss effective strategies and interventions, and share policy recommendations for Viet Nam to revise the Labour Code and create an equal working environment for both men and women.


National Policy Dialogue on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) held in Ha Noi

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ESD12Ha Noi, 24 April 2018 - The Viet Nam Institute of Educational Sciences (VNIES) of the Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) together with UNESCO Ha Noi Office organized a National Policy Dialogue on Education for Sustainable Development (ESD) in Viet Nam within the framework of "Strengthening ESD Policy in Viet Nam" funded by the Government of Japan.


Preventing maternal and newborn deaths and disabilities and empowering women to make informed, healthy choices and exercise their rights is key to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030, New Reports Show

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UNFPAHA NOI, 24 April 2018The first ever National Midwifery Report of Viet Nam and the Report on "Exploring barriers to accessing Maternal and Family Planning services in Ethnic Minority communities" which was launched today in Ha Noi by the Ministry of Health (MOH), with technical and financial support from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Viet Nam outlines that access to quality health care is a basic human right. Greater investment in midwifery is key to making this right a reality for all women everywhere.


Women and girls with disabilities are at higher risk of gender-based violence

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4Da Nang – 19 April 2018 – According to study carried out by Vietnam Assistance for the Handicapped (VNAH) in 2013, 29% of people with disabilities (PWD) in Da Nang involved in the study had been subjected to violence by strangers, 36% experienced violence by acquaintances, and 25% suffered violence at the hands of family members. Unfortunately, in Viet Nam, there are no official statistics or studies available on incidences of sexual violence and violence in groups of people with disabilities.





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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