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Viet Nam is recovering from its strongest ever drought and saltwater intrusion

Date added: 11/14/2016
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Viet Nam is recovering from its strongest ever drought and saltwater intrusion

Since late 2015, El Niño-induced drought and salt water intrusion have severely affected Viet Nam, triggering acute water, sanitation, health and food emergency needs for more than 2 million people. On 26 April 2016, the Government and the UN jointly issued the Drought and Salt Water Intrusion Emergency Response Plan (ERP) 2016/17 to address these immediate needs. Since then, more than US$26.4million has been mobilized from Government and non-Government sources to carry out life-saving water, sanitation and hygiene, nutrition, health, food security and livelihood interventions.

With relief operations concluding, actions remain vital to address short, medium and long term drought recovery and strengthen the resilience of affected communities. To increase awareness and inform these drought recovery efforts, the UN Disaster Risk Management Team has developed a user-friendly infographic, in English and Vietnamese.

pdfClick here to download the English version and pdfVietnamese version

Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Update No. 5 (as of 29 July 2016)

Date added: 08/01/2016
Downloads: 3250
Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion   Situation Update No. 5 (as of 29 July 2016)

 

This update is issued on behalf of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam. It covers the period from 12 to 29 July 2016. The next update will be issued as new information becomes available.

Highlights

Since January 2016, intense drought and saltwater intrusion has severely affected more than 2 million people in 18 provinces. Although drought conditions are over in the Mekong Delta and the Central Highlands, it is still on-going in South-Central Viet Nam, until September.

  • However, impact for affected households hasn’t reduced with farmland continuing to be affected and needs still remaining, mainly on water storage and purification, hygiene promotion, nutritional support and livelihood recovery.
  • With crops currently being re-planted and harvesting only expected by October-November, farmers now experience a lean period with no significant income being generated.
  • To date, 34% of the Emergency Response Plan appeal of US$48.5 million has been mobilized from various donors.
  • Funding gaps remain for food security livelihoods, with only 12% of required funds mobilized so far.
  • The following immediate recovery needs have been prioritized by the Government: water supplies for vulnerable groups, school and health facilities; and provision of rice and other food, seeds and loans for livelihood recovery.

pdfClick here to download the Drought Map

Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Report No. 6

Date added: 09/20/2016
Downloads: 3080
Viet Nam: Drought and Saltwater Intrusion Situation Report No. 6

 

This report is produced by Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam. It covers the period from 30 July to 16 September 2016. The next report will be issued as new information becomes available.

Highlights

  • Recently, rains have also started in South-Central Viet Nam, but overall rainfall remains below annual averages in all three affected regions.
  • The most recent Government La Niña forecast is at 50-60% likelihood, starting from autumn, with low to moderate intensity.
  • Dengue fever cases have increased more than usual this year, with a particularly severe situation in the Central Highlands and South-Central Vietnam.
  • Drought emergency relief distributions have accelerated over the past weeks, with extensive delivery of rice, water containers, purification tablets, filters, hygiene kits, nutritional
  • supplements, seeds, fertilizer etc.
  • At the end of August, more than 34% or US$16.7 million of the emergency requirement has been funded, not including the majority of the Government relief.
  • The Government developed a Drought Recovery Plan, estimating recovery needs at US$166 million for 2016.

Click here to download the Viet Nam: Humanitarian funding update
Click here to download the Drought Map

Floods central and South-Central Viet Nam

Date added: 12/20/2016
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Floods central and South-Central Viet Nam

 

December 2016
Update No. 2 (as of 17 December 2016) produced by the Office of the Resident Coordinator Viet Nam

Since 13 Dec., heavy rainfall has caused severe flooding in Central and South-Central Vietnam and parts of the Central Highlands. The most affected provinces are Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh. While rainfall and floods are reducing on 17 Dec., more rainfall and flooding is forecasted for 18-20 Dec.

According to the Central Committee for Natural Disaster Prevention and Control (CCNDPC), the impact of the 13-16 Dec. floods is as follows: (reported as of 17 Dec.)
- 15 deaths and 4 missing
- 111,851 houses flooded; 127 houses collapsed or unroofed
- 10,059ha rice flooded
- Multiple roads, bridges and irrigation infrastructure eroded

jpgClick to download the OCHA map

Floods Central and South-Central Viet Nam - December 2016

Date added: 12/29/2016
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Floods Central and South-Central Viet Nam - December 2016

Floods, caused by heavy rainfall between 13-16 Dec., have receded significantly, with only 2,240 houses in Binh Dinh province still flooded as of 19 Dec. 5pm. Reservoirs in the affected areas are at 95-100% of their full capacity, so controlled discharge is still on-going. The most affected provinces are Thua Thien Hue, Quang Nam, Quang Ngai and Binh Dinh.

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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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