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Message from the United Nations Resident Coordinator to all Members of the United Nations Family in Viet Nam

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Yesterday afternoon, a bomb blast ripped at the heart of the UN’s operations in Baghdad last, senselessly killing 20 of the UN’s best women and men and wounding many others. How bitter it is to know that terror can so quickly extinguish the lives of those committed to making life better — whether in Iraq or throughout the world.

Among the dead was Sergio Vieira de Mello, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General in Iraq and UN High Commissioner for Human Rights.

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Tap the Energies of Youth

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Viet Nam's future belongs to its young people and the country can develop faster when it gives them a full stake in the society. The United Nations believes that unemployment is the problem; youth is the solution.

The Youth Development Strategy to 2010, recently approved by the Government of Viet Nam, identifies unemployment as the single biggest difficultly currently facing Vietnamese youth. The Youth Strategy also views employment and labour as lying at the centre of the national fight against poverty.

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Winners of United Nations Gender Equality Competition Announced for International Women's Day

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The UN Country Team Awards Vietnamese Initiatives for Best Practices in Promoting Gender Equality

Ha Noi, March 7, 2003: To mark International Women's Day, the UN Country Team in Viet Nam today presented awards to the three winners of the UN's competition on best practices in promoting equality between women and men. At the United Nations Millennium Summit in 2000, gender equality was clearly identified by the world leaders as one of eight Millennium Development Goals (MDG), and an essential part of every country's development. The competition, launched in October 2002, sought to find innovative local gender-related practices in communities throughout the country, and in doing so, aims to support Viet Nam's commitment to reach the MDG on gender equality.

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United Nations Launches Viet Nam Gender Briefing Kit

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Jordan D. Ryan, United Nations Resident Coordinator launched the updated United Nations Gender Briefing Kit at a roundtable meeting on Tuesday 22 October 2002. A competition on gender equality was also announced as part of the Millennium campaign to promote understanding on the Millennium Development Goals in Viet Nam.

What the kit is
The Gender Briefing Kit is a resource that offers a timely snapshot of key gender issues and concerns in Vietnam as viewed by the United Nations Country Team in Viet Nam. It presents recent findings on progress made for both women and men in areas such as enrolment in primary education, health, and poverty reduction. It also highlights the main areas for attention and action in the quest for gender equality. The kit has been specifically designed to be used as a daily resource tool, and includes sections such as gender-based violence, agriculture, labour and economic activities. As a resource it also contains up to date information on the National Strategy and Plan of Action for the Advancement of Women, and a directory of national, international, and NGO organisations that have initiatives or are actively working towards gender equality. Sections of the Gender Briefing Kit are also useful as quick and concise briefing notes for leaders, visiting delegates, or teams designing or reviewing projects.

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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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