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Helping men share - One Day in the Life of a UN Volunteer

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ending violence_680The video was commissioned by UNV (HQs) and produced in Viet Nam to highlight the story of a national UN Volunteer contributing to preventing violence against women and girls under the Partners for Prevention (P4P) programme ( in Da Nang. P4P is a Joint Programme: UNDP, UNFPA, UN Women (lead agency in Viet Nam) and UNV.


Scaling-up green innovations improves local livelihoods

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45-1Viet Nam is highly vulnerable to climate change. It is among the 10 most affected countries by natural disasters as per the Long-Term Climate Risk Index (CRI). Rural poor in coastal areas and mountainous ethnic minority people are especially at risk and in need of heightened resilience.

While Viet Nam has obtained many achievements in most of the MDGs especially its remarkable decrease in the poverty rate, it has not achieved MDG7 on ensuring environmental sustainability. Despite significant Government efforts to adopt necessary legal frameworks, strategies and programmes, the policy enforcement and social norms are inadequate to ensure the environmental sustainability. Additionally, rapid industrialization and urbanization have depleted natural resources and degraded the environment, which in turn has affected local livelihoods and quality of lives.


Let us all recommit ourselves to ending AIDS!

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aidsDeputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam made an inspiring speech at the 2016 UN General Assembly High Level Meeting on HIV and AIDS, together with Thanh - a woman living with HIV. The Chairman of the National Committee for AIDS, Drugs and Prostitution called for joint efforts and fully commitment to achieve the 90-90-90 targets on HIV treatment.


World Population Day “Investing in teenage girl

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wpd2 2016Teenage girls around the world face more and greater challenges than their male counterparts. In many countries, a girl who reaches puberty is deemed by her family and community as ready for marriage, pregnancy and childbirth. She may be married off and forced to leave school. She may suffer a debilitating condition from delivering a child before her body is ready for it. She may be denied her human rights. But when a teenage girl has the power, the means and the information to make her own decisions in life, she is more likely to realize her full potential and become a positive force for change in her home, community and nation. This video clip was produced by UNFPA in Viet Nam for the World Population Day 2016 "Investing in Teenage Girls".





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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