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National consultative workshop on Mobile Integrated Early Childhood Development

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miecd 680Ha Noi, Viet Nam – On December 14th 2017 - UNICEF and the Ministry of Health co-hosted a national consultative workshop on Mobile Integrated Early Childhood Development (MIECD) - a modern innovative mobile technology initiative, which will not only strategically address the unfinished agenda of the Millennium Development Goals but will also track and monitor the implementation of Integrated Early Childhood Development (IECD) project 2017-2021. The half-day first-ever workshop of its kind attracted the participation of 120 representatives from line ministries, provinces, NGOs, and development partners.

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UNICEF: Make the digital world safer for children – while increasing online access to benefit the most disadvantaged

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SOWC 2017_Cover_680Ha Noi, Viet Nam, 12 December 2017 – Despite children’s massive online presence – 1 in 3 internet users worldwide is a child – too little is done to protect them from the perils of the digital world and to increase their access to safe online content, UNICEF said in its annual flagship report released today.

 

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UNICEF and MOLISA launch nationwide “Have Them Home Safe” campaign to call for helmet wearing practice and reduced speed for child road safety

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carti 680_01Ha Noi, 09 December 2017 – The United Nations Children’s Fund in Viet Nam and the Government of Viet Nam today launch a national communication campaign to raise awareness and promote public advocacy on child road safety to accelerate the efforts on preventing child and adolescent deaths and injuries due to road traffic accidents as the second leading cause of child fatalities in the country.

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Eleven Apparel and Footwear Factories in Viet Nam Take the Extra Mile for Children

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sustainble biz_for_CR_680HO CHI MINH CITY (VIET NAM), 30 November 2017 – UNICEF and eleven factories in the footwear and apparel sector in Viet Nam have launched today the “Children’s Rights in the Workplace Programme for Footwear and Apparel Manufacturers” to look specifically at improving the wellbeing of children, working parents, and young workers.  The programme was launched during an event co-hosted by UNICEF and Vietnam Chambers of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) on “Sustainable Business for Children: Promoting Children’s Rights in the  Footwear and Apparel Sector”. As part of the initial activities, factories will undergo awareness raising sessions on the 12 identified impact areas. UNICEF will also roll out the awareness raising campaign 60 minutes working as a mum that was developed in partnership with iCare Benefits and the Purpose Group to increase awareness on breastfeeding in workplace among workers and to encourage management to introduce policies to support breastfeeding workers.

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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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