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Viet Nam must protect right to food amid rapid industrialization - UN human rights expert

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right to_food_amid_680GENEVA (19 December 2017) – Viet Nam’s impressive achievements with respect to social and economic rights by making dramatic reductions in poverty and food insecurity must be balanced against growing concerns of adverse environmental impacts affecting people’s livelihoods, Hilal Elver, UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food has said.

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UNDP Viet Nam and Hatch! Ventures introduced SDG challenge 2017’s top 4, and announced a joint social impact incubation program with USD 80,000 non-equity seed fund

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hatch undp_680Ha Noi, 19/12/2017- The United Nations Development Program in Viet Nam (UNDP Viet Nam) and HATCH! VENTURES held a ceremony to present awards to the TOP FOUR of the SDG Challenge 2017 competition and launch the Social Impact Incubation Program to provide business consultancy to the winning teams for further development.

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New collaboration between UNFPA and the General Statistical Office on Population & Development Data

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HA NOI, 19 December 2017 – A new collaboration on providing UNFPA's support for the General Statistics Office (GSO) and other partners at national and sub-national levels in providing and utilizing quality population and development data and evidence to develop and monitor socio-economic development policies, strategies and plans, and Sustainable Development Goals in Viet Nam in the period 2017-2021 was signed today at an official ceremony in Ha Noi attended by representatives of Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), GSO, the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs (PCSA), Viet Nam's Fatherland Front Central Committee (VFF), Central Committee on Popularization and Education (CCPE), other line ministries, research institutes, the United Nations agencies, and development partners in Viet Nam.

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Speech by Ms. Astrid Bant, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam at the Launching Ceremony of the new collaboration between UNFPA and MOLISA

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Date: Friday, 15 December 2017

Event: Launching Ceremony of the new collaboration between UNFPA and MOLISA

Venue: Fortuna Hotel, 6b Lang Ha street, Ha Noi

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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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