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UNESCO Director-General fostering greater collaboration with Viet Nam and One UN

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unesco dg_02_680Ha Noi, 25 August 2017 – During joint reviews of existing cooperation with national authorities, UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova has emphasized the Organization's readiness to exploring new possibilities for programming to meet emerging priorities for Viet Nam. With UN partners, the recent relocation of the Organization to the Green One UN House demonstrates that the Organization is committed to doing so within the Delivering as One Initiative.


UNICEF Korea’s Goodwill Ambassador Choi Siwon Expects More Children Can Pursue Their Dreams

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Choi siwon_2_680Ha Noi, 25 August 2017 - “Despite the language and cultural barriers, every moment that I was able to interact with the children in Viet Nam were thankful, precious, and inspiring and as beautiful as the Viet Nam's scenery”, said Korean famous singer and actor Choi Siwon as he completed the three-day visit to Viet Nam in the role of UNICEF Korea’s Goodwill Ambassador.


First UNESCO Category 2 Centres in Viet Nam officially inaugurated

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unesco dg_irina_680Ha Noi, 24 August 2017 – Following the official signing ceremony led by UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova and the Minister of Science of Technology of Viet Nam, H.E. Chu Ngoc Anh, the International Centre of Research and Postgraduate Training in Mathematics and the International Centre of Physics are now recognized as Category 2 Centres under the auspices of UNESCO. Their inauguration is a milestone in the strengthening of research and innovation capacities among the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) region and promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Viet Nam.


Media Advisory: UNESCO Director-General to visit Viet Nam and inaugurate two Category 2 Centres

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DG-UNESCOHa Noi 23 Aug 2017 - UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova will undertake an official visit to the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam from 24 to 27 August 2017 to discuss ongoing bilateral cooperation between UNESCO and Viet Nam and to officially recognize the International Centres of Research and Postgraduate Training on Mathematics and Physics as Category 2 centres under the auspices of UNESCO.

At the invitation of the Vietnamese Government and the authorities of Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City, the Director-General will undertake her visit in the two cities over the span of the four-day visit.





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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