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Workshop on “The International Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities & the Role of Disable People Organizations” International Workshop on “The International Convention on the Rights of Person with Disabilities and the Role of Disa...
World Day Against Child Labour: 12/6/2013 Play on child domestic workers “Mum, I am going to grow up”
USAID, UNDP Support LGBT Dialogue for More Inclusive Development in Viet Nam A first-ever national dialogue on the legal and social challenges facing the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LG...
Campaign to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality “Adam in the New Era”, a campaign to engage men and boys in promoting gender equality.
International Day of Biological Diversity 2013 The General Department of Environment the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE), in collaboration with t...
Addressing inequity is key to achieving the Maternal and Child Health MDGs in Viet Nam The Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs (PCSA) and UNFPA called for more joint efforts in ensuring universal acce...
Listening to the views of the urban poor - Consultations in Viet Nam on the post-2015 development agenda In January 2013, a group of UN experts held a series of consultations in Da Nang and Ha Noi to better understand the cha...
The World We Want 2015: Ethnic minority consultations A joint UN mission to Yen Bai from 14-18 December 2012 focused on understanding the life of ethnic minority people livin...
Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations sign new One Plan for 2012-2016 On behalf of the Government of Viet Nam, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and representatives of the 1...
US Fund for UNICEF & Tea Leoni, Goodwill Ambassador visit Viet Nam 2008 Visit to Viet Nam of Téa Leoni, Actress, UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador from 2 – 6 March 2008
From Vision to Action Ha Noi, 23 February 2010 - Viet Nam celebrated the 20th anniversary of the country's ratification of the Convention on t...
Global conference on the UN's pilot 'Delivering as One" in Ha Noi -2010 Background: In 2007, eight countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Pakistan, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet ...
UN staff go green on May 16th, 2008 Dozens of United Nations staff in Viet Nam walked the talk on climate change, leaving their cars or motorbikes at home o...
One Plan Signing Ceremony The Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam today marked a major milestone in the One UN Initiative by...
The ‘Creative Connection’ project in Viet Nam: Change comes from within The 'Creative Connection' project in Ninh Thuan, one of six provinces where UNICEF has been supporting integrated child ...
United Nation Global Road Safety Week Launching event of the First United Nation Global Road Safety Week 23-29 April 2007 for Viet Nam
2007/2008 Human Development Report Launch, Melia Hotel, Ha Noi Brasilia and Ha Noi, 28 November 2007 - Wealthier countries must take the lead in cutting carbon emissions to prevent ca...
UNESCO Cultural Diversity Photo Contest Winners The 12 winners of the UNESCO Viet Nam photo contest. The contest celebrates Viet Nam's cultural diversity, and provides ...
UN Day Reception 24 Oct 2007 The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Viet Nam hosted the UN Country Team at a gala event at the International Convention C...
'Dialogue with Geoheritage' Photo Contest Winners, July 2011   This gallery highlights the 37 winners of a recent photo contest to promote Viet Nam's geological heritage, or 'geoh...
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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.


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.


The secretary-general's message for the International Day to End Violence against Women and Girls


25 November 2016 - At long last, there is growing global recognition that violence against women and girls is a human rights violation, public health pandemic and serious obstacle to sustainable development.  Yet there is still much more we can and must do to turn this awareness into meaningful prevention and response.


UNIDO Director General's Op-Ed Article to media on the occasion of UNIDO's 50th anniversary


Did you know that in Viet Nam, the net flow of foreign direct investment increased from USD1billion in 2003 to USD10 billion in 2008, and that by 2015 reached USD23 billion?  Or that the total value of exports rose from USD2 billion in 1990 to USD72 billion in 2010, to reach USD162 billion in 2015? These impressive figures highlight the country’s robust economic success, providing a boost to the economy and employment.

These accomplishments are largely due to the reforms undertaken by Viet Nam since Doi Moi in 1986 which liberalized the economy, attracted foreign investment, fostered exports and reduced poverty. To prepare for reform, Viet Nam received extensive technical assistance from the international community, including from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), well before 1986 and, more precisely, since 1978.

For more than 35 years, UNIDO has been sharing international best practices to help Viet Nam develop inclusive and sustainable industry. With more than USD100 million in expenditure, UNIDO’s technical cooperation activities have been carried out across a broad range of fields, including support to the private sector and technical and industrial research organizations, facilitation of technology transfer, trade capacity-building, human resource development, environmental protection, energy efficiency, investment promotion and responsible business practices.

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