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Viet Nam: Tropical Storm Mirinae Situation Update No. 1 (as of 2 August 2016)

Date added: 08/05/2016
Downloads: 3324
Viet Nam: Tropical Storm Mirinae Situation Update No. 1 (as of 2 August 2016)

 This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 27 July to 2 August 2016. The next update will be issued as new information becomes available.

Highlights

  • On 27-28 July 2016, Tropical Storm Mirinae hit Northern Viet Nam, bringing damaging winds, and rains causing flooding.
  • A total of 7 provinces has been affected, with the 3 coastal provinces Nam Dinh, Thai Binh and Ninh Binh being the most severely impacted.
  • The main damage and loss is to housing, crops (rice and perennial), road and electricity infrastructure.
  • The Government, through the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control, has taken comprehensive action in terms of preparedness and response, and is currently preparing plans to recover agricultural production.

Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion - Situation Update No. 3 (as of 15 June 2016)

Date added: 06/16/2016
Downloads: 3315
Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion - Situation Update No. 3 (as of 15 June 2016)

 This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 15 April to 15 June 2016. The next update will be issued as new information becomes available.


Highlights

  • Since January 2016, acute drought and saltwater intrusion has severely affected more than 1.75 million people in 18 provinces.
  • Rains have started but are irregular and below average. While weather conditions are gradually improving, the drought and saltwater intrusion impact on people and their livelihoods is still lasting for the rest of the year and longer.
  • There is a 75% likelihood of La Niña conditions occurring from September onward, potentially bringing heavy rainfall and floods to the already affected areas.
  • On 26 April, the Government of Vietnam with the United Nations launched the Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Emergency Response Plan 2016/17, including an appeal for US$48.5 million to cover immediate emergency needs. So far 31% of this appeal has been mobilized.
  • US$3,897,864 has been allocated from the Central Emergency Response Fund (CERF) to UN agencies in Viet Nam for life-saving activities in 8 most severely affected provinces.
  • Over the last months, emergency operations have accelerated to cover more than 18 provinces, mainly with water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, health, food and cash support.

pdfClick here to download the drought map

pdfClick here to download the report

pdfClick here to download the report in Vietnamese

Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17 – Update on recovery

Date added: 10/21/2016
Downloads: 3291
Viet Nam: Emergency Response Plan 2016/17 – Update on recovery

 

Since 2014, the longest and strongest ever El Niño drought and saltwater intrusion has severely affected one third of Viet Nam, in areas producing key agricultural outputs such as rice, coffee, pepper, fruit, sugarcane and seafood.

During the peak of the drought (February-May 2016), an estimated 2 million people did not have access to water for consumption and domestic use, 1.1 million were food insecure and more than 2 million people lost incomes due to damaged or lost livelihoods. Risks of waterrelated diseases and severe acute malnutrition also significantly increased.

A total of 659,476ha of crops have been damaged or lost; 273,122ha rice, 168,064ha perennial crops, 35,868ha fruit trees and 30,805ha vegetables and other crops. 69,009ha of aquaculture have been affected and over 8,337 animals died. The Government estimates the total economic loss at VND 15,032 billion (approx. US$ 674 million) or 0.35% of the national GDP, with for the first time in decades a negative agricultural growth of 0.18 percent.

Since 2015, the Government has effectively responded to emergency needs by providing rice, water and other food, distributing water purification tablets, upgrading or repairing water infrastructure, delivering agricultural inputs and financial aid, for a total value of approximately US$ 60.5million. Complementing these efforts, the UN, NGOs, Red Cross and other partners mobilized an additional US$ 16.1million from various sources including the Central Emergency Response Fund, for life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, food, health, cash and livelihood interventions.

As of September 2016, drought hydro-meteorological conditions are over in all three regions. Rains have commenced but are scattered and insufficient. However, drought impact for affected households is still lingering and needs are pertinent particularly in terms of water storage and purification, hygiene and nutrition support, disease surveillance and response, and livelihood recovery.

In addition, significant investment is needed in short, medium and long term resilience-oriented drought recovery measures, in combination with access to climate information services, early warning and multi-hazard preparedness measures, particularly in light of a possible La Niña and recurrent drought. Actions should prioritize the most vulnerable population groups and integrate gender and women’s empowerment.

 

Click here to download MARD-UN letter on Recovery Plan

Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Update No. 4 (as of 11 July 2016)

Date added: 07/13/2016
Downloads: 3160
Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Update No. 4 (as of 11 July 2016)

This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 16 June to the 11 July 2016. The next update will be issued as new information becomes available.

 

Highlights

  • Since January 2016, acute drought and saltwater intrusion has severely affected more than 2 million people in 18 provinces.
  • MARD has officially declared drought conditions to be over in the Mekong Delta, Central Highlands and the South-East region, but still on-going in South-Central Viet Nam.
  • However, impact for affected households is still lingering and needs are still pertinent particularly in terms of water storage and purification, hygiene promotion, nutritional support and livelihood recovery.
  • So far, 33% of the Emergency Response Plan appeal of US$48.5 million has been mobilized from various donors. 51% of the mobilized funding has been allocated for WASH relief operations.
  • Significant funding gaps remain for food security and livelihoods with only 11.2% of required emergency funds being mobilized so far.
  • The CCNDPC, based on provincial input, has communicated initial plans for recovery, which will be costed and finalized in the coming weeks.

pdfClick here to download the Drought Map

pdfClick here to download the Viet Nam: Humanitarian funding update

Viet Nam: Floods Central Viet Nam - Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 1

Date added: 01/03/2017
Downloads: 3009
Viet Nam: Floods Central Viet Nam - Office of the Resident Coordinator Situation Report No. 1

(as of 31 December 2016)

 

  • Since mid-October, a series of five consecutive floods has affected provinces in Central and South-Central Viet Nam and the Central Highlands, resulting in human loss, significant damage to housing and infrastructure, and severe crop and livestock damage and loss.
  • The six most affected provinces are Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Ngai, Binh Dinh and Phu Yen - with 10 to 30 per cent of the total population per province estimated to have been affected by one or more floods.
  • Relief assistance by the Government has been extensive, but urgent needs on WASH, health, shelter and livelihoods remain, particularly for people affected by the most recent floods early December.
  • An estimated 1 million people in the six most affected provinces are considered to be in need of short and medium term recovery assistance over the coming months.

 

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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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