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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UN Women Publications

Female famers and Inclusive Growth in Viet Nam

Date added: 01/03/2017
Downloads: 2240
Female famers and Inclusive Growth in Viet Nam

The research “Female famers and Inclusive Growth in Viet Nam” examines the impact of  policies and programmes related to land issues, credit, technology application, infrastructure development, and market access; community socio-economic circumstances; and individual and household characteristics of the agricultural production of female farmers who are rice and orchard producers. The report presents a gender analysis related to agriculture, findings from the qualitative study and policy implications.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Supporting Inclusive Growth Effective Policy Design for Developing Medium Technology Sectors

Date added: 12/08/2015
Downloads: 3460
Supporting Inclusive Growth Effective Policy Design for Developing Medium Technology Sectors

Growth is more inclusive if it creates opportunities for wider groups of entrepreneurs to enter the growth process, and if it creates a wider range of employment opportunities. For a middle-income country that is still catching up by attracting existing technologies from more advanced countries, government policy can affect the sectors that are developed by domestic and foreign investors. Policy-makers have to ensure that the sectors that are supported by policy are those that directly or indirectly create the widest possible entry opportunities for domestic entrepreneurs and workers in the near future, and these sectors should also have the maximum positive spillovers and linkages with other sectors so that further economic development can result through these linkages.

Category: One UN Documents/One House

Green One UN House Newsletter - Issue # 25

Date added: 07/29/2014
Downloads: 6436
Green One UN House Newsletter - Issue # 25

In this newsletter, you will find an update on the construction process, moving from large-scale construction work to finishing touches. We spotlight the work of the Common Services Management Committee and we interviewed the staff representative and the architect.

The Green One UN House Newsletter - Issue # 24

Date added: 06/30/2014
Downloads: 5673
The Green One UN House Newsletter - Issue # 24

Welcome to issue 24 of the stakeholder newsletter on the Green One UN House! We are issuing these newsletters regularly so that we can keep you updated on the project’s status and progress.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Green Growth and Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/19/2014
Downloads: 6923
Green Growth and Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies in Viet Nam

The commitment of the Government of Viet Nam towards green growth, including restructuring the energy sector is highly commendable. However, this paper argues that there are still substantial, largely indirect, fossil fuel subsidies. Fossil fuel fiscal policy reform has substantial benefits including enhanced energy efficiency, energy supply and national energy security, a reduction of the fiscal burden, higher GDP growth in the medium to longer term, as well as positive impacts on the environment. Phasing out fossil fuel subsidies is also an opportunity to make energy policies more progressive and overall resource allocation more efficient and inclusive. Many of the positive effects would be significantly amplified with the gradual introduction of carbon pricing.

The paper highlights that current reform efforts need to be significantly accelerated to meet the ambitious targets of the Green Growth Strategy and for Viet Nam to move towards a more inclusive and sustainable growth trajectory. Fossil fuel fiscal policy reform requires comprehensive energy sector reform, pricing reform and a communication and consultation strategy to solicit broad based support for reform. Measures will also be required to protect the poor and vulnerable and the most affected businesses from higher energy prices. By outlining concrete reform options in each of these areas, I believe that this paper makes an important contribution to the development of a roadmap for reform.

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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNIDO Publications

Greening Value Chains: for sustainable handicrafts production in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/19/2013
Downloads: 6668
Greening Value Chains: for sustainable handicrafts production in Viet Nam

 Bamboo, rattan, seagrass and other raw materials used in handicrafts production are an important part of Viet Nam’s natural capital. These are valuable resources that need to be protected, harvested and utilized in a sustainable manner to ensure a vibrant crafts sector now and for future generations. The environmental impacts of crafts production by households and Micro, Small and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) are often considered negligible given the scale of their operations, yet taking into account their sheer number, use of natural materials and limited capabilities, their production practices should also be appropriately addressed. Piecemeal interventions just at the production cultivation or stages, will only produce equally limited results. A comprehensive and integrated approach is needed to make green and clean-up the entire value chain, starting from raw materials collection, processing, crafts production and transportation, right up to final markets. Coordinated interventions to make green five value chains were supported in Viet Nam, respectively in the: bamboo and  rattan, seagrass, sericulture and silk, lacquerware and handmade paper sectors.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Climate Change - Joint UN Publications

GHG emission fact sheet

Date added: 04/13/2011
Downloads: 18397
GHG emission fact sheet

Greenhouse gas emissions and options for mitigation in Viet Nam, and the UN’s responses

Version of 6 February, 2013

Viet Nam signed the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) on 11 June 1992 and ratified it on 16 November 1994. It signed the Kyoto Protocol on 3 December 1998 and ratified it on 25 September 2002. This Factsheet focuses on greenhouse gas emissions and Viet Nam’s mitigation potential.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNIDO Publications

Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/15/2012
Downloads: 10956
Towards green growth through green industry development in Viet Nam

 

Green Industry is a sectoral strategy for achieving Green Economy and Green Growth in the manufacturing and related productive sectors. It assures the security of natural resources by alleviating the pressure on already-scarce resources such as water, materials and fuels, contributes to mitigation and adaptation to climate change by reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from energy and non-energy sources and at the enterprise-level, better environmental management and industrial and chemical safety. However, beyond this, achieving Green Industry is much more than just a question of environmental sustainability. It unlocks many more additional development opportunities, as a driver of competitiveness and sustainable business as enterprises improve their resource productivity and environmental performance. While also a catalyst for technological innovation, Green Industry is not just a new paradigm for industrial development, it also offers “triple bottom-line” benefits, serving as a clear strategy with defined pathways for achieving sustainable development.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Viet Nam

Date added: 05/14/2012
Downloads: 12994
Fossil Fuel Fiscal Policies and Greenhouse Gas Emissions in Viet Nam

Subsidies and taxes in Viet Nam’s energy sector, and their effects on economic development and income distribution in the context of responding to climate change

Viet Nam is capping electricity and fossil fuel prices, which amounts to very substantial indirect government subsidies to energy prices. These policies are not sustainable, are benefiting the better off more than the poor, and are counter-productive for future growth and modernisation, whilst also contributing to climate change. Fossil fuel fiscal reform may have economic, social and environmental benefits, as has been shown in many other countries. The G-20 and APEC leaders, including the Vietnamese president, agreed in 2009 to phase out ‘inefficient fossil fuel subsidies’, and this may also be addressed at the Rio+20 conference in June 2012. Such reform is also in line with the objectives of the forthcoming national Green Growth Strategy, and requires strengthening of the ongoing energy markets reform and of state owned energy enterprise reform.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Sustainable Development - Joint UN Publications

Craft and Design in Viet Nam by the UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade

Date added: 06/14/2011
Downloads: 16128
Craft and Design in Viet Nam by the UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade

This publication presents the results of a team of foreign designers, engaged under the UN joint programme 'Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor', to assist Vietnamese companies develop new and more sustainable product collections. The product collections will be first introduced to international buyers at LifeStyle Vietnam 2011, the international home décor and gift fair organized by VIETCRAFT in Ho Chi Minh City in April 2011.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Climate Change - Joint UN Publications

Viet Nam and climate change action: strategic priorities

Date added: 02/21/2011
Downloads: 15460
Viet Nam and climate change action: strategic priorities

Synopsis of advice by Yvo de Boer and Dennis Tirpak

This synopsis is written by the UN in Viet Nam, based on presentations by these two experts and discussions with national leaders and experts, UN experts, as well as donors based in Viet Nam in November 2010.

UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Piloting Participatory Carbon Monitoring

Date added: 09/28/2011
Downloads: 14858
UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Piloting Participatory Carbon Monitoring

Under REDD+, developing countries like Viet Nam will need to generate evidence of "results-based actions" to receive payments for the reduction of carbon emissions or enhanced removals of carbon. The national Measurement, Reporting and Verification (MRV) system holds the key for producing this evidence.

UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Designing Benefit Distribution Systems Fact Sheet

Date added: 09/28/2011
Downloads: 14490
UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme: Designing Benefit Distribution Systems Fact Sheet

This fact sheet provides an overview of lessons learned from develpoing benefit distribution systems in Viet Nam.  REDD+ can only succeed if performance-based payments are effectively and equitably distributed. The UN-REDD Programme has assisted the Government of Viet Nam to identify the key issues that need to be addressed in the design of a REDD+ compliant benefit distribution system.

UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: Applying the Principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Date added: 09/27/2011
Downloads: 13390
UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: Applying the Principles of Free, Prior and Informed Consent

Viet Nam is the first country programme to proceed with formal preparations for field-based REDD+ activities. The Viet Nam UN-REDD Programme is pioneering a process to seek Free, Prior and Informed Consent (FPIC) in its two pilot districts.  This publication provides details of the FPIC principle and how it has been applied in Viet Nam under the UN-REDD Programme.

UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: About the pilot sites in Lam Dong Province

Date added: 09/27/2011
Downloads: 12917
UN REDD Viet Nam Programme: About the pilot sites in Lam Dong Province

As part of the UN-REDD Viet Nam Programme, activities are being implemented in two pilot districts, Di Linh and Lam Ha, of Lam Dong Province in the Central Highlands.  This publication provides details about these two pilot sites, including forest cover, major ethnic groups and awareness and understanding of forest protection laws and policies.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Social and Economic Development Policies - Joint UN Publications

Factsheet - Joint Programme Green Production and Trade

Date added: 03/30/2011
Downloads: 15483
Factsheet - Joint Programme Green Production and Trade

The issue:
Viet Nam has achieved impressive economic progress since the doi moi (renovation) process was launched in 1986. Since 1993, real GDP growth has averaged 7.5% per year and the poverty rate has been reduced from 58% in 1993 to 13% in 2008. Growth has been driven by accelerated international integration, market liberalization and job creation in the private sector.

Crafting Out of Poverty: The UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade quarterly newsletter

Date added: 02/18/2011
Downloads: 13579
Crafting Out of Poverty: The UN Joint Programme on Green Production and Trade quarterly newsletter

Enabling rural households to ‘craft their way out of poverty’
Welcome to the first issue of the quarterly newsletter of the joint programme ‘Green Production and Trade to Increase Income and Employment Opportunities for the Rural Poor’, in short ‘Green Production and Trade’! Through this newsletter we will keep you up to date on new developments and progress realized by the programme.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Final report analysis of the P135-II baseline survey

Date added: 12/01/2008
Downloads: 14542
Final report analysis of the P135-II baseline survey

Vietnam has achieved unprecedented reductions in poverty over the past two decades. The Government has allocated substantial investment resources for development of ethnic minority and mountainous areas – largely targeting at poor households through various policies, programmes and projects. With the close attention of the Government, signifi cant improvements to the socio-economic conditions of ethnic minority and mountainous areas have been achieved, and the povery rate has been decreasing rapidly year after year.

Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

Date added: 07/21/2011
Downloads: 15176
Fact sheet: The Global Assessment Report for Disaster Risk Reduction 2011

The following fact sheet provides additional information to the GAR11 by highlighting some of the main findings of the report together with some relevant facts about Viet Nam. It also briefly describes how UNDP Viet Nam has supported the Government of Viet Nam on various components of disaster risk management and climate change adaptation.

Viet Nam’s infrastructure constraints

Date added: 06/02/2010
Downloads: 17855
Viet Nam’s infrastructure constraints

Nguyen Xuan Thanh

During the past decade total infrastructure investment in Viet Nam has, on average, accounted for more than ten percent of GDP, putting it ahead of most East Asian economies, which are renowned for their high level of infrastructure investment. This remarkably high level of investment has resulted in a rapid expansion of infrastructure stocks and improved access, contributing to Viet Nam’s growth and development success. Despite these achievements, Viet Nam’s infrastructure constraints are still not being addressed effectively. In fact, infrastructure bottlenecks, rather than uncertain and complicated government policies, are now regarded as the biggest problem hindering Viet Nam’s business environment, according to many international surveys. Adding to this, Viet Nam faces the challenge of climate-proofing its infrastructure against natural disasters and green house gas emissions. Overcoming these various infrastructure constraints is of critical importance if Viet Nam is to continue growing at similar rates to those achieved during the past two decades, and to do so in a sustainable way, making possible the ambitious development goals it has set itself for the coming decades.

Viet Nam’s industrial policy: Designing policies for sustainable development

Date added: 06/02/2010
Downloads: 19306
Viet Nam’s industrial policy: Designing policies for sustainable development

Dwight H. Perkins and Vu Thanh Tu Anh

Viet Nam has made a remarkable transition since 1989 from a centrally planned economy dominated by the administrative allocation of resources to an economy largely governed by market forces. It has accomplished this transition while avoiding the sharp fall in GDP and industrial output that occurred in many other centrally planned economies in Central and Eastern Europe. Much of the success in industrial development to date has been the result of government decisions to remove barriers to entrepreneurial efforts for both foreign direct investors and more recently for domestic private investors.

Urban Poverty Assessment in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City

Date added: 09/13/2011
Downloads: 13888
Urban Poverty Assessment in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City

This report on urban poverty assessment in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City has been developed under the project "Support for in-depth evaluation of urban poverty in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City" funded by the United Nations Development Programmes (UNDP) with the Ha Noi People's Committee and the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee as the national implementation partners, and Ha Noi Statistics Office and Ho Chi Minh City Statistics Office as the implementing agencies.

The Statistical Annexes to the report are available in a separate document.

For further details, see the data files and questionnaires for the survey

Ha Noi, September 2010

UNDP Technical Note: The impact of the global crisis on employment levels in Viet Nam

Date added: 02/04/2009
Downloads: 14993
UNDP Technical Note: The impact of the global crisis on employment levels in Viet Nam

The past few months have seen a constant flow of news reporting on the unfolding global financial and economic crisis afflicting the World economy and on its likely impact on Viet Nam. More recently, the Vietnamese press has started to report on the first symptoms of the crisis in Viet Nam, with large drops in the umber of tourists entering the country, companies postponing investments, others closing down, and a general slowdown in the rate of economic activity, FDI inflows and exports and imports of goods and services.

In light of these events, the government has recently revised downwards its GDP growth forecasts for 2009, from 7.5 percent to 6.5 percent, and has announced a six billion USD stimulus package aimed at mitigating the impact of the global financial and economic crisis on the Vietnamese economy and its people, and preventing a general slowdown of economic activity in Viet Nam.

The Top 200: Industrial Strategies of Viet Nam’s Largest Firms

Date added: 10/17/2007
Downloads: 17782
The Top 200: Industrial Strategies of Viet Nam’s Largest Firms

Viet Nam’s largest firms are big compared to other firms in Viet Nam but in global terms they are more akin to small and medium sized enterprises. Nevertheless, the Top 200 firms account for sizeable shares of labour, assets, turnover and tax across ownership categories (state, private, foreign) and sectors in Viet Nam.  In some cases, the largest firms are the sector. Within the Top 200, almost half of the largest manufacturing firms are one hundred percent foreign owned.

The collapse of the Soviet Union forced Vietnamese firms to find new markets and produce new goods and services. Greater freedom to trade made it possible for them to expand and grow. Over half of Viet Nam’s largest firms are members of General Corporations. Most member companies did not experience high levels of oversight and control and enjoyed greater autonomy to conduct their activities in the 1990s than they had in the past. However, they were at times called upon to perform ‘socially responsible’ acts such as rescuing loss making member companies to protect jobs.

State enterprise reform is changing this. The barriers between state corporations are breaking down and competition is increasing between them. As they equitise member companies, some corporations are losing formal control.  Over time, the precise meaning of the term ‘corporation’ in Viet Nam has become less clear. As they transform into parent-child corporations and economic groups, many corporations are moving into real estate, tourism, securities trading and establishing their own insurance companies and banks.

Viet Nam’s largest firms have shown that they have the capacity to respond to increased competition. They are moving into more complex and higher quality products, diversifying into related products and entering new business lines. They are establishing brands, expanding distribution channels and entering new markets.

Large firms are also making decisions about their future. Some of Viet Nam’s largest firms are investing to extract more value from existing business activities. Some are directing investment into less socially productive but (at present) highly profitable areas. Many firms are choosing a combination of both. The enthusiasm for investment in real estate and equities must be viewed within the broader economic context in which alternative business strategies are risky and often difficult to implement. If core business lines are not very profitable, then leveraging speculative profits to finance core business expansion and upgrading can be a viable strategy. However, reliance on speculative investments as the primary source of profits is also risky.

Product upgrading is not the preserve of firms in more obviously ‘high-tech’ industries. Several firms interviewed in garments, textiles and seafood had invested to create more value in their core businesses. For these firms profits can be found in the development of skills and technologies. However, the process can be as risky as investments in over-valued land and securities. Technology is expensive and difficult to acquire, workers need to be trained and markets understood. Often the alternative is to build hotels, apartment blocks and industrial zones and to establish subsidiaries to trade equities.

The government can encourage firms to invest in core business areas by discouraging speculative investments in real estate and financial markets. Appropriately designed land and capital gains taxes would be a good start. In addition, the government can assist firms in the acquisition of skilled labour by improving the quality of universities and vocational schools. These two policy areas emerged as key issues in our interviews. Addressing them will facilitate the growth and development of Viet Nam’s largest firms and the continued growth of the economy.

The Chu Lai Open Economic Zone and Rural Development

Date added: 07/23/2008
Downloads: 16573
The Chu Lai Open Economic Zone and Rural Development

The Chu Lai Open Economic Zone and Rural Development: Central Planning's Laboratory for Policy and Institutional Innovation 

Eli Mazur, David Dapice, Vu Thanh Tu Anh

UNDP Policy Dialogue Paper 2008/2
Ha Noi, July 2008

Foreward 

Viet Nam is still a predominantly rural country, and therefore the creation of good, stable jobs in rural areas is a key policy priority. Export Processing Zones (EPZ) are one of the instruments used in Viet Nam and other developing  countries  to  spur  employment  growth  outside  of  the major  cities. These  zones  combine  good infrastructure with other incentives to attract investors to locations that they may not have considered in the absence of the EPZ.

This paper examines the experience of the Chu Lai Open Economic Zone in Quang Nam province to distill some lessons about the performance of EPZs as a policy instrument to stimulate rural development. 

The paper argues that local officials have invested too much time and money in the attempt to attract foreign investors rather than concentrating on the domestic private sector. Although foreign investment is desirable, Quang Nam is more likely to emerge as a domestic business hub rather than a production location for major multinational  corporations.  Local  government  should  focus  on  the  essential  task  of  helping  the  domestic private sector gain legal and affordable access to land and capital. In addition, the authors recommend further decentralization of authority to local government to enable Chu Lai to engage in policy experiments without the prior approval of central government authorities.

Mid-term review report for implementation of the five-year socio-economic development plan 2006-2010

Date added: 07/21/2009
Downloads: 13633
Mid-term review report for implementation of the five-year socio-economic development plan 2006-2010

In an effort to better monitor how Viet Nam is progressing toward achieving its socio-economic objectives, the result-based evaluation framework has been applied in the mid-term review of the implementation of the five year 2006-2010 socio-economic development plan. This report covers assessment of the plan implementation progress for the years 2006-2007 and estimates for 2008. Due to data constraints, the report has not been able to analyze all of objectives and indicators set out in the plan, but covers the most important indicators where data are available.

Managing risk and attaining equitable growth

Date added: 03/22/2010
Downloads: 14436
Managing risk and attaining equitable growth

Colin Kirkpatrick, Nick J. Freeman and Kim N. B. Ninh

Within the framework of the UNDP-supported project “Support for Formulation of Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020” (project number 00050577), a series of research initiatives have been conducted, which have been reviewed by the SEDS Drafting Team, policy-makers, and representatives from academia and the international community. The results have partly contributed to supporting the definition of evidence-based prioritized goals and break-through policy options, as well as aspects of the SEDS 2011-2020 development process. This report was commissioned by Viet Nam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment’s Development Strategy Institute (DSI) and UNDP.

A robust harvest: strategic choices for agricultural and rural development in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/22/2010
Downloads: 15047
A robust harvest: strategic choices for agricultural and rural development in Viet Nam

Ian Coxhead, Kim N.B. Ninh, Vu Thi Thao and Nguyen Thi Phuong Hoa

This paper – a companion paper to ‘Getting to work’ by Ian Coxhead, Diep Phan, Dinh Vu Trang Ngan and Kim N. B. Ninh - explores issues related to the modernization of Viet Nam’s agricultural sector and the development of the country’s rural economy by analysing international experience and practices in: (i) promoting higher productivity and competitiveness in the agriculture sector; (ii) stimulating rural economic development; and (iii) providing concrete recommendations on actions that can be taken to accelerate agricultural and rural development in the period to 2020.

Ho Chi Minh City: The challenges of growth

Date added: 06/02/2010
Downloads: 17937
Ho Chi Minh City: The challenges of growth

David Dapice, Jose A. Gomez-Ibanez, Nguyen Xuan Thanh

Viet Nam’s transformation over the past two decades from a least developed, transitional economy to a middle-income country has taken place hand in hand with a process of rapid urbanization. The most recent census data for 2009 places Viet Nam’s urban population at well over 25 million, accounting for 29.6 percent of the total population, up by 40.4 percent from the previous census exercise of 1999. This process of urbanization poses important challenges to policy makers in a wide range of areas, from the promotion of the local economy, to the development of urban infrastructures and the provision of social services for its residents, migrant or registered. Nowhere are these challenges more pressing than in Ho Chi Minh City, the country’s largest city and its commercial capital.

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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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