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Child abuse case reveals Vietnam's lax social services

As reported in Time Magazine on 14 July, 2010

For much of the past year, residents of a village in Vietnam's southern Ca Mau province heard a child screaming in terror in a nearby house, but no one alerted the authorities. As 14-year-old Nguyen Hoang Anh was being branded with hot irons, had solvents poured in his wounds and had his teeth pulled out with pliers, those who heard him ignored his cries. Neighbors feared the couple that employed the boy on their shrimp farm might retaliate against them if they notified officials. Others, knowing police rarely interfere in domestic issues, did not know whom to call.


UN in $5m Agent Orange cleanup for Vietnam

HANOI 28 June: The United Nations on Monday announced a five-million-dollar project to clean up wartime contamination in Vietnam from Agent Orange sprayed by the US military, but said much more money was needed.

The project by the UN development agency will focus on contamination at the airport in Bien Hoa, which the UN's resident coordinator, John Hendra, said was the worst-affected site.

Experts have also identified two other former US air bases, at Danang and Phu Cat, as key "hotspots" of dioxin contamination. Dioxin was a component of Agent Orange and other herbicides stored at the bases.


Fruits of progress ‘haven't been shared out equally'

As reported in Viet Nam News, 10 June 2010.  Click here to read the article on the Viet Nam News website.

john_hendraThe UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, John Hendra, made a presentation at the Mid-term Consultative Group meeting in Rach Gia, southern Kien Giang Province on 9-10 June. At the meeting, where international development partners assessed development work in Viet Nam, Hendra asked about the Government's commitment to linking "economic growth with social progress and equality" that it made in the draft SDEP (socio-economic ­development plan).

 He asked how the Government's commitment would reach Vietnam's most vulnerable with programmes like better health care, poverty reduction and reduced maternal mortality rates. He said in terms of the Millennium Development Goals (MDG), the aggregate figures were good but certain groups including informal workers especially women, unemployed agricultural workers and ethnic minority groups from remote and mountainous areas were still behind.


DAO initiative helps meet socio-economic needs

Delivering as One conference in HanoiPublished in Vietnam Plus magazine on 16 June, 2010

The Delivering as One (DAO) initiative has helped the initial pilot countries to meet their socio-economic development needs much more effectively, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when opening a senior-level international conference on the UN’s DAO initiative, in Hanoi on June 16.

The conference on “Delivering as One: Lessons from Country-led Evaluations and Way Forward” brought together 260 delegates from the eight programme pilot countries, eight programme volunteer countries, seven guest countries and 22 donor countries. It was also attended by officials from the UN and several international organisations plus the diplomatic corps in Vietnam.



HPPMG between Viet Nam-UN signed

7 May, 2010: Below is a summary of news articles published today about the Harmonised Programme and Project Management Guidelines (HPPMG) which were recently approved for harmonizing and simplying work between the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam.

"Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc and UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam John Hendra on May 6th in Ha Noi signed the Harmonized Project and Programme Management Guidelines (HPPMG) between Viet Nam and the United Nations. According to John Hendra, the HPPMG marks an important turning point in the trusted partnership between both parties. “Never within the UN system, in Viet Nam or elsewhere in the world, has there been a joint set of programme and project management practices that embodies such a high degree of alignment and harmonisation”, he said.


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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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