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Fast Facts and Figures about Handwashing

Date added: 10/15/2010
Downloads: 8344
Fast Facts and Figures about Handwashing
  • Over 1.5 million children under five die each year as a result of diarrhoea.  It is the second most common cause of child deaths worldwide.
  • Handwashing with soap at critical times - including before eating or preparing food and after using the toilet - can reduce diarrhoea rates by more than 40 per cent.  
  • Handwashing with soap can reduce the incidence of acute respiratory infections (ARI’s) by around 23 per cent.

Adoption from Viet Nam: Findings and recommendations of an assessment

Date added: 08/11/2010
Downloads: 9642
Adoption from Viet Nam: Findings and recommendations of an assessment

The  report  "Adoption  from  Viet Nam: findings and recommendations of an assessment"  is  the  result  of  an independent assessment commissioned by UNICEF  Viet  Nam  and  the  Department  of Adoption of the Ministry of Justice   of  Viet  Nam  in  2009.  This  assessment  was  carried  out  by International  Social  Service  (ISS).  Its  main  objectives  were  to: (1) identify  and  address  problems  in  both  the  domestic  and intercountry adoption  processes,  with a view to assisting Viet Nam in its preparations to  accede  to  the 1993 Hague Convention on Intercountry Adoption; and (2) review  the  new draft law on adoption, and propose any amendments that may appear necessary to ensure compliance with international standards and good practice.

Since  the  finalisation  of the report, the National Assembly has passed a new  law  on  adoption (in  June  2010).  This new law addresses many of the concerns  related  to  intercountry  adoptions that were highlighted by the assessment.

Action Research on Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education: Programme Brief

Date added: 07/30/2010
Downloads: 9280
Action Research on Mother Tongue-Based Bilingual Education: Programme Brief

Background
Viet Nam is an ethnically diverse society made up of 54 different ethnic groups, many of which have their own distinct language and live in remote and economically disadvantaged parts of the country. The ethnic minority population totals approximately 11 million; 13 percent of the total population of 85.8 million. The official language of instruction at school is Vietnamese and all children are taught through it. This has created a “language barrier” for many ethnic minority children who have a limited understanding and proficiency in Vietnamese or in some cases do not understand the language at all.

Research Report on Children with Disabilities and their families in Da Nang

Date added: 05/05/2010
Downloads: 5541
Research Report on Children with Disabilities and their families in Da Nang It is estimated that there are over 1 million children with disabilities (CWD) in Viet Nam. Similar to the movement globally, Viet Nam is shifting towards a social model of disability to facilitate inclusion of this segment in to society. This model has its focus on required changes in society in terms of attitudes, social support, information and physical structures that will enable the potential of disabled people to contribute to society and add economic value.

UNICEF Viet Nam commenced a cross sectoral program for CWD, including Victims of Agent Orange, in 2008. This program builds on existing UNICEF-supported work and partnerships to strengthen policies, legislation and programs for CWD and their families. It includes both national and sub-national components. At the sub-national level, the project focuses on capacity development, advocacy, service delivery and research. Da Nang in central Viet Nam has been chosen as the first of a proposed three sites for this project.

The rights of children with disabilities in Viet Nam

Date added: 05/05/2010
Downloads: 9923
The rights of children with disabilities in Viet Nam Bringing Vietnam’s Laws into compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

UNICEF and the government of Viet Nam commissioned Eric Rosenthal to conduct the assessment and analysis for this report, along with other experts from Mental Disability Rights International. The main aim of this report is to assist the government of Viet Nam in bringing its laws and policies into conformity with the new United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNCRPD), which Viet Nam signed on October 22, 2007. The key objectives of this consultancy were:
  • Assessment and analysis of the compliance of Vietnamese legal normative documents related children with disabilities(CWD) with UNCRPD and international treaties, standards and norms related to disability (using the desk review of Vietnamese legal normative documents related to CWD carried out by national legal expert);
  • Review the draft Law on PWD and provision of comments and recommendations for its’ improvement/finalization;
  • Development of recommendations to the government of Viet Nam for legislative and policy changes to bring about implementation of the new legal standards established in the CRPD; these suggestions are based upon our analysis of Vietnamese law and interviews with government officials, service providers, educators, disability activists; our analysis is also informed by site visits to service programs in Viet Nam for children and adults with disabilities.

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The Secretary-General's Message on World Humanitarian Day

 

19 August 2015 - On World Humanitarian Day, we honour the selfless dedication and sacrifice of workers and volunteers from around the world who devote themselves – often at great personal risk – to assisting the world’s most vulnerable people.

This year, more than 100 million women, men and children need life-saving humanitarian assistance.  The amount of people affected by conflict has reached levels not seen since the Second World War, while the number of those affected by natural and human-induced disasters remains profound.  


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The Secretary-General's Message on the International Day of Youth

 

12 August 2015 - Emerging threats, violent extremism, shifting political conditions, economic turmoil and social transformations are combining to heighten the challenges facing the world’s young people. No one knows better than them the issues at stake or the best way to respond. That is why I am calling on young people to speak out – and I am urging leaders to listen.

As the world changes with unprecedented speed, young people are proving to be invaluable partners who can advance meaningful solutions. Youth movements and student groups are challenging traditional power structures and advocating a new social contract between States and societies. Young leaders have contributed fresh ideas, taken proactive measures, and mobilized through social media as never before.


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Second situation report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam


Ha Noi, 6 August 2015 - Lessening rainfall over the past two days has helped local relief and recovery efforts in coastal provinces. On Monday 4 Aug, President Truong Tan Sang visited affected households in Quang Ninh, emphasizing the urgent need for resettlement of affected households.

An initial assessment from UN humanitarian partners in the field suggests that food and water supplies are already in place in Quang Ninh. However, Localized damage from flash floods and landslides has increased in mountainous provinces, particularly in terms of agriculture and transport.


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The First Situation Report: Flooding in Northern Viet Nam

Ha Noi, 3 August 2015 - More than 20 people have lost their lives in a series of flashfloods and landslides in Northern Viet Nam. Thousands of houses have been damaged by floodwater, crops destroyed and roads closed in a week of unusually heavy rain. The UN in Viet Nam and its NGO partners continue to monitor the situation very closely and is standing by to assist national and local Government in any way required.


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The Secretary-General's Message on World Day Against Trafficking In Persons

 

30 July 2015 - Around the world, criminals are selling people for profit.  Vulnerable women and girls form the majority of human trafficking victims, including those driven into degrading sexual exploitation.

Trafficked persons are often tricked into servitude with the false promise of a well-paid job. Migrants crossing deadly seas and burning deserts to escape conflict, poverty and persecution are also at risk of being trafficked.  Individuals can find themselves alone in a foreign land where they have been stripped of their passports, forced into debt and exploited for labour.  Children and young people can find their lives stolen, their education blocked and their dreams dashed. It is an assault on their most basic human rights and fundamental freedoms.



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