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Terms of Reference for a Tripartite National Task Force to Establish One United Nations in Viet Nam

Date added: 09/24/2007
Downloads: 13815
Terms of Reference for a Tripartite National Task Force to Establish One United Nations in Viet Nam

The United Nations (UN) has an important global development mandate and a vital role to play in Viet Nam. The UN actively seeks to strengthen national capacity as a prerequisite to national ownership, to provide objective monitoring and evaluation of government activities and improve access to international experience, expertise and best practice. For the UN to act on this mandate it must achieve greater focus, technical proficiency and efficiency in its operations.

Agreed Principles, Objectives and Instruments to achieve One United Nations in Viet Nam

Date added: 09/24/2007
Downloads: 13972
Agreed Principles, Objectives and Instruments to achieve One United Nations in Viet Nam

United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan presented his first reform plan to member states in July 1997. The plan, entitled ‘Renewing the United Nations’, set out an agenda to strengthen the United Nations to make it a more effective instrument for pursuing its global mandate and for supporting its Member States and the world’s people. A series of other initiatives have followed, including more recently a comprehensive reform strategy elaborated in the Secretary General’s report In Larger Freedom prepared for the 60th Session of the General Assembly in 2005.

Harmonisation of UNDG Agencies: Towards One United Nations in Viet Nam

Date added: 09/24/2007
Downloads: 13935
Harmonisation of UNDG Agencies: Towards One United Nations in Viet Nam

In September 2005, Viet Nam’s UN Resident Coordinator and UNICEF Representative jointly presented a paper on UN reform in Viet Nam as a contribution to the global discussion on this vital topic. The paper made a case for bold and rapid steps towards One United Nations at country level, and enjoys the support of the UN Country Team, government and many donors in country. This interest has led to requests from a number of development partners to elaborate on how the ideas of that paper might be realised in practice.

One Communication Team 6 Months Review

Date added: 08/29/2007
Downloads: 16805
One Communication Team 6 Months Review

Since mid-December 2006 the United Nations Communications Team has been operating as a single unit, with staff members from UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF sharing a single office and working from a joint workplan. This is the first example of a collocated, fully-functioning team formed as part of Viet Nam’s “One UN Initiative.” As such it has become both a model and inspiration for the One UN in Viet Nam and a source of interest for those outside the country.

Overview on the One UN Reform in Viet Nam

Date added: 08/29/2007
Downloads: 16598
Overview on the One UN Reform in Viet Nam

The One UN Initiative in Viet Nam predates the recommendations contained in the report of the High Level Panel on System-wide Coherence (HLP) by over one year. As early as September 2005, a discussion paper on UN reform was prepared by the then UN Resident Coordinator and the current UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam to stimulate thinking on necessary change in UN operations at the country level. The note was timed to coincide with the 2005 World Summit in New York, with UN reform a prominent item on the Summit agenda. A more detailed paper on the One UN Initiative was prepared in early 2006 by the representatives of UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA outlining the necessary UN reform measures within the context of the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness and its contextualisation in Viet Nam, the Ha Noi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness.

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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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