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Joint Press Statement: WHO and UNICEF call on Vietnamese authorities to enforce food fortification regulations

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Ha Noi, 7 June, 2018: WHO and UNICEF call on the Government of Viet Nam and State agencies to implement the Government Decree 09/2016/ND-CP that mandates the fortification of salt, wheat flour and vegetable oil and the use of fortified salt and wheat flour by the food industry. The issuance of the decree was based on strong evidence that the country needs to step up actions to address severe micronutrient deficiencies among the Vietnamese population. The decree is in line with global recommendations on this highly cost-effective strategy to prevent and control micronutrient deficiency and it highlights the Government's commitment to improve the health of its population.

 

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Joint effort by international partners in combatting plastic pollution in Vietnam

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CountdownPlastic UN_01Hanoi, June 4, 2018 - Over time, plastic waste slowly degrades and breaks down into smaller pieces called micro-plastics, which usually end up in the oceans and from there, potentially enters into the food chain. Forty-one embassies and international organisations will mark World Environment Day by signing a Code of Conduct on Combatting Plastic Pollution at L'Espace, 24 Trang Tien at 9:00am.

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Capacity building on Industry 4.0 for Policymakers from Viet Nam

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Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 5 June 2018 - The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in collaboration with the Industry Agency at the Ministry of Industry and Trade (MOIT) of Viet Nam, organized a one-day executive seminar on Industry 4.0. It is followed by a three-day workshop.


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Asian countries review UNESCO training package for gender mainstreaming in teacher education.

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UNESCO gender_mainstreaming_workshopHa Noi, 30 May 2018 - UNESCO Asia and Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok) in collaboration with UNESCO Ha Noi Office has organized a regional consultation meeting on training package for gender mainstreaming in teacher education in Asia-Pacific in Ha Noi on 30-31 May 2018, following a regional training workshop on online gender assessment tools for teacher education in Asia-Pacific (28-29 May 2018).

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WORLD AIDS DAY MESSAGE 2017

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.


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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


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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.


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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


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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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