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UN relationship growing deepers, says PM Dung

Ha Noi (Viet Nam News 23 Oct 2010) — The United Nations is Viet Nam's top partner, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday during an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the UN.

"The relationship between Viet Nam and the UN is increasingly growing deeper and more effective with a major focus on poverty reduction, environmental protection and millennium development goals (MDGs)," he said.

At a reception for chief representatives of UN bodies in Viet Nam, Dung expressed his thanks for their co-operation with the country so far.


Inequality a threat to goals

UN officials discuss what the nation can do to achieve the remaining Millennium Development Goals and maintain the five it has reached.

john_hendraJohn Hendra, UN Resident Co-ordinator

I think Viet Nam faces some very specific challenges which have the potential to undermine the achievement of Viet Nam's development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

First, we are seeing signs of rising inequality in cities like Ha Noi and HCM City, and this is starting to come through in some key indicators, such as measures of income inequality, as well.

A second challenge relates to the quality and affordability of social services such as health and education. The Vietnamese pay very high out of pocket costs for these services compared to other countries in the region. The quality of these services is also a concern and we are seeing better off families going overseas for health care and sending their children to overseas universities as well. As a middle-income country, Viet Nam now needs to focus not only on the availability of services, but ensuring access to quality social services for its entire people.


Engage ethnic minorities in nation’s growth: UN

Vietnam needs to change its approach to ethnic minorities, according to John Hendra, the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam.

Hendra said that Vietnam has done well with its poverty reduction programs for ethnic people minority. But “in order to be able to say that Vietnam has achieved all the [Millennium Development] goals in every part of the country, it is very important to deal with the ethnic minorities people in a different way and in a better way,” he said.


Viet Nam achieves first MDG: FAO

According to a report released by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) on September 14th, Viet Nam has achieved the first Millennium Development Goal (MDG), “Reducing poverty and hunger”. The first MDG aims to reduce the people living with under USD1 per day by 50 percent in comparison with 1990; ensuring sustainable jobs for people of working age, including women, and reducing people suffering from hunger by 50 percent in comparison with 1990. According to UN statistics, Viet Nam’s investment in studying and developing agriculture has reduced the hunger rate by more than a half, from 28 percent in 1991 to 13 percent in the 2004-2006 period. The rate of underweight Vietnamese children has also decreased from 45 percent in 1994 to 20 percent in 2006.

From Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper p2, Thursday 19 September 2010

Inclusive growth remains critical for Vietnam: UN

Independent Expert on extreme povertyA United Nations independent expert in extreme poverty called on Vietnam to take further steps to ensure that ethnic minorities are not left behind in the nation’s impressive march toward middle-income status.

“The road ahead is much more difficult,” said Magdalena Sepulveda, the UN independent expert on human rights and extreme poverty at a Tuesday (August 31) press conference that marked the end of her nine-day visit to the country.



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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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