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Lyon talks to set stage for major climate change conference

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BONN – Government delegates from some 150 countries will convene in Lyon, France from 11-15 September to finalize preparations for the ministerial-level round of climate change negotiations to be held in The Hague in the Netherlands in November.

The Lyon talks take place under the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and its Kyoto Protocol – the global agreement to minimize risks associated with climate change. Consensus between governments on key issues between now and November is expected to trigger the necessary ratification to allow the Kyoto Protocol to enter into force.


A Working Summit, Not a Celebration

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By Kofi A. Annan

NEW YORK – This week's summit at the United Nations is the largest gathering of national leaders the world has ever seen. And its agenda – to chart a course for humanity at the start of a new millennium – is nothing if not ambitious.

I suggested this meeting back in 1997, when I became Secretary-General of the United Nations and laid out my plans for reform. I felt that the millennium year, with its potent symbolism, would be the right moment for world leaders to come together and take stock.


First on the Ground Communications in Disaster Relief Operations

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NEW YORKIn preparation for the Millennium Summit (6-8 September 2000), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in his Millennium Report several immediate initiatives, as examples of the kinds of effective partnerships the United Nations can instigate. Among these is the "First on the Ground" project.

When hurricanes or earthquakes strike, communications systems are among the first casualties. This makes it impossible for rescue missions and relief operations to communicate with those in need and with each another. The communications systems used by different relief agencies and organizations vary widely in quality and often suffer compatibility problems – but acquiring more effective systems has simply been too costly.


Bridging the Digital Divide - Global Volunteer Corps for Information Technology Training

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NEW YORKIn preparation for the Millennium Summit (6-8 September 2000), United Nations Secretary-General Kofi Annan announced in his Millennium Report several immediate initiatives, as examples of the kinds of effective partnerships the United Nations can instigate. Among these is the UN Information Technology Service.

United Nations Volunteers (UNV) is leading an initiative by Secretary-General Kofi Annan to bridge the 'digital divide' between developing and developed countries. The United Nations Information Technology Service (UNITeS) represents a coalition of international high-tech volunteer corps, including Net Corps Canada and Net Corps America, which operates under the coordination of UNV, the volunteer arm of the UN, based in Bonn, Germany.





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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