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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UN Women Publications

Access to Criminal Justice by Women Subjected to Violence in Viet Nam

Date added: 06/05/2018
Downloads: 138
Access to Criminal Justice by Women Subjected to Violence in Viet Nam

This study provides new insights into how women perceive the justice system in Viet Nam and how the victims are treated. When the very actors tasked with facilitating access to criminal justice instead "counsel" and pressure victims to settle cases out of court, or treat them without regard for their dignity or privacy, it should come as no surprise that many women eventually give up on a system which is often unresponsive to their needs. When the criminal justice system fails to fulfill women's human rights, this contributes to perpetuating cultures of reconciliation, cultures of invisibility, and cultures of impunity. This impunity – an exemption from punishment and accountability – fuels violence against women, reducing the impact of advocacy and hard-fought policy achievements.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Joint UN recommendations, positions & commentaries

UN Recommendations on the 2015 Penal Code and Criminal Procedural Code of Viet Nam

Date added: 05/23/2017
Downloads: 2176
UN Recommendations on the 2015 Penal Code and Criminal Procedural Code of Viet Nam

A number of provisions of the latest draft of the Penal Code and amended Criminal Procedural Code adopted by the National Assembly in November 2015 appear to be incompatible with Viet Nam's international human rights obligations under the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) (to which Viet Nam became a State party in 1982) and the Convention against Torture (CAT) (ratified by Viet Nam in 2015).

Beyond the specific recommendations provided about some selected provisions of the Codes, a general recommendation would be to review the Penal Code to ensure that aggravating and mitigating factors for sentencing be strictly limited to those recognized by international standards and free from any kind of discrimination.

Joint UN Key Recommendations on the Draft Amended Law on Marriage and Family

Date added: 04/14/2014
Downloads: 2482
Joint UN Key Recommendations on the Draft Amended Law on Marriage and Family

 


This document contains general and specific recommendations on the Law on Marriage and Family (as of 20 October 2013).

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Growth that works for all: Viet Nam Human Development Report 2015 on Inclusive Growth

Date added: 02/06/2016
Downloads: 4925
Growth that works for all: Viet Nam Human Development Report 2015 on Inclusive Growth

 

The 2015 National Human Development Report “Growth that works for all” examines how a policy framework based on inclusive growth can offer a pathway to advance human development in Viet Nam - as it enters a new and challenging stage of its development. Using the lens of human development, this report takes a people-centered approach, examining Vietnamese people’s inclusion in the country’s development process since the late 1980s. The report finds that in the early and mid Doi Moi years Viet Nam performed well on both human development and economic growth. Economic expansion was inclusive, with benefits widely distributed and opportunities shared. Yet in recent years, the report finds that Viet Nam’s strong performance has waned, and especially after the 2008 global financial crisis. Growth has fallen and disparities between regions, provinces and population groups have not been closed. While the past growth has brought significant social transformation, evident in the shrinking population shares of the poor and near poor, and the rapid expansion of the lower middle class, those in the middle are far from secure, and those still in poverty are harder to reach, particularly within remote ethnic minority communities.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

A manual on how to integrate children’s rights into socio-economic development plans

Date added: 01/22/2016
Downloads: 4634
A manual on how to integrate children’s rights into socio-economic development plans

Children are special citizens. They are both physically and intellectually young and fragile, so they cannot defend their rights by themselves and therefore mainly depend on their caregivers. The rights of children should be considered when determining the obligations and responsibilities of adults, families, schools, the state and society.

Therefore, for many years the international community has asked countries to ensure that all development efforts support the achievement of the goals related to human development, especially the development of children. On the 20th of February 1990, Viet Nam became the second country in the world and the first country in Asia to ratify the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). Early ratification of the convention shows that the Communist Party and the State are interested in the implementation of children’s rights. On the 5th of March 1991, the chairman of the Council of Ministers signed the “Declaration of the World Summit for Children” and on the 18th of August 1991 Viet Nam National Assembly promulgated the “Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children.”

Accordingly, the rights of children and the responsibility of the state, families and society were institutionalized by law. Policies for children were implemented along with strategies and plans for socio-economic development plans.

Child rights-based social audit of Dien Bien Province's Socio-economic Development Plan

Date added: 01/13/2015
Downloads: 6272
Child rights-based social audit of Dien Bien Province's Socio-economic Development Plan

Since 2010s, UNICEF and Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) together with partners in a number of provinces have piloted social audit tools of Citizen Report Cards (CRC) in Ho Chi Minh City and Dien Bien Province; Community Score Cards (CSC) and Gender Audit in Ho Chi Minh City and Quang Ngai Province; and Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) in Tra Vinh Province, Ho Chi Minh City and Dien Bien Province.

After the pilot phase, in 2012, UNICEF and MPI have completed and introduced to public the Toolkit for Social Audit with five tools: Citizen Report Cards (CRC), Community Score Cards (CSC), Gender Audit, Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) and Child-right based Social Audit (CRSA).

In general, social audit method has been gradually received as a management mechanism, which facilitates the development and application of methods, tools and techniques to enable the responsible agencies’ review for enhancement of social performance of an organisation, of a plan or a policy. The social audit tools are highly practical, in line with good governance principles and helpful for revealing the normative “good” by standards. More importantly, those tools assist the collection of essential information and implications for strengthening the effectiveness of decision-making process, resource allocation and service delivery in general. This role becomes significant in the context of on-going planning reform in both national and provincial levels for more focus at social impacts of social and economic development plans (SEDP)

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Being LGBT in Asia: Viet Nam Country Report

Date added: 08/04/2014
Downloads: 7808
Being LGBT in Asia: Viet Nam Country Report

A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) Persons and Civil Society

This report provides an overview of LGBT rights in Viet Nam as related speciacally to employment; education; health care; family affairs; the media; policies, rights and laws; and community. The report provides an overview of LGBT history in Viet Nam, reviews recent developments and includes key strategies for improving the rights of LGBT people through policy advocacy, support services, media representation and research. The report also explores organizational development and capacity-building as it relates to the LGBT community and other key stakeholders in the area of LGBT rights.

This country report is the product of a broader initiative entitled ‘Being LGBT in Asia: A Participatory Review and Analysis of the Legal and Social Environment for LGBT Persons and Civil Society.’ Launched on Human Rights Day, 10 December 2012, ‘Being LGBT in Asia’ is a first-of-its-kind Asia-wide learning effort undertaken with Asian grassroots LGBT organizations and community leaders alongside UNDP and USAID. With a focus on eight priority countries – Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Mongolia, Nepal, Philippines, Thailand and Viet Nam – the effort examines LGBT lived experience from a development and rights perspective.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Joint UN recommendations, positions & commentaries

Joint UN position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs

Date added: 04/14/2014
Downloads: 6709
Joint UN position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs

 

This document contains the UN joint position on administrative detention for sex workers and people who use drugs. 

Commentary on human rights provisions in draft amendments to 1992 Constitution

Date added: 10/30/2013
Downloads: 7797
Commentary on human rights provisions in draft amendments to 1992 Constitution

 

In this document the United Nations in Viet Nam presents its analysis of the current draft amendments to the Constitutional Amendment Drafting Committee for their consideration. The United Nations in Viet Nam has analyzed the draft amendments to the 1992 Constitution of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam in light of the international human rights treaties to which Viet Nam is a party and other customary international human rights law, including the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. It also includes a table giving illustrations of possible changes in wording to reflect the comments in the analysis.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad

Date added: 05/01/2012
Downloads: 6294
Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad

A comprehensive understanding of migration trends in Viet Nam is a pre-requisite for the implementation of safe, appropriate and effective migration policies and laws in the country. To this end, the Consular Department of the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry, in cooperation with IOM Viet Nam and with European Union (EU) funding, carried out this study entitled "National Migration Profile: A Review of Vietnamese Migration Abroad". Conducted from July to November 2011, the study is based on data of Vietnamese migration abroad since the enactment of the 1986 Doi Moi policy, with a particular focus on the period 2006-2011. The National Migration Profile has led to several recommendations for promoting international migration, limiting its potential negative impacts and protecting the legal rights and interests of Vietnamese nationals who migrate and reside abroad.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Socio-economic development plan social audit toolkit

Date added: 03/29/2013
Downloads: 11003
Socio-economic development plan social audit toolkit

This Toolkit was produced over almost a three year period (2010-2012) under the Project on Capacity Building for Social Audits of the Socio-economic Development Plans between UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment in Viet Nam. The process of developing this Toolkit benefited from direct and indirect support
from many individuals.

UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment would like to thank the various consultants and staff of the Oversees Development Institute (ODI) for developing this Toolkit. In addition, this Toolkit also went through extensive consultation and review from a wide range of technical staff and advisors from UNICEF and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

Specifically, special thanks are due to the following individuals for their contributions and inputs to the development of this Toolkit: Overseas Development Institute: Helen Banos-Smith, Bernard Gauthier, Katie Heller, Louise Mailloux, Sue Newport, Lance Roberson, Gopakumar Thampi, Carol Watson, Caroline Harper, Nicola Jones, Paola Pereznieto, Evie Browne, Sylvia Nwamaraihe, Thomas Trafalgar Aston.

Ministry of Planning and Investment: Nguyen Quang Thang, Nguyen Tuong Son, Ho Minh Chien, Le Quang Hung and Dang Van Nghi. UNICEF: Paul Quarles Van Ufford, Samman J. Thapa, Vu Manh Hong, Ewout Erik Stoefs, Pham Thi Lan, Nguyen Thi Thanh An, Nguyen Ngoc Trieu.

Click to download each sub-manual bellow:

  1. Child Rights-Based Social Audit Manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Social and Economic Development Plan
  2. Citizen report card manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  3. Community scorecard manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  4. Gender audit manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan
  5. Public Expenditure Tracking Survey Manual: A social audit tool to monitor the progress of Viet Nam’s Social and Economic Development Plan

Making the Constitution Work Better for Children is Essential, UNICEF Position Paper

Date added: 04/17/2013
Downloads: 9599
Making the Constitution Work Better for Children is Essential, UNICEF Position Paper

The amendment of the 1992 Constitution offers Viet Nam an opportunity to strengthen the rule of law, promote human rights and enhance equality as well as socio-economic and political stability. While the current draft includes a number of significant and positive changes, UNICEF believes the current draft can be made more responsive to the needs of a third of the country's population – its children.

UNICEF's mission is to advocate for the protection of children's rights, to help meet their basic needs and create opportunities to allow children to reach their full potential. UNICEF's work is guided by the provisions and principles of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC). UNICEF has extensive experience, globally and regionally, supporting countries to reflect the rights of children within their constitutions.

Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province

Date added: 04/12/2013
Downloads: 9967
Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province

This Profile was prepared to present key findings from the Primary Classroom Language Mapping in Lao Cai province, conducted by UNICEF in partnership with the Ministry of Education and Training, Lao Cai Department of Education and Planning, and Summer Institute of Linguistics International. The mapping was to collect information on primary school students' strongest language and academic performance, and the teacher's ethnicity and second language abilities. It helped to identify monolingual school sites, where mother tongue based bilingual education (MTBBE) can be applied; the number of teachers who can potentially be the MTBBE teachers; and where students are performing well and where students are performing weakly. The instrument has proven effective and other provinces plan to apply it in future.

Public expenditure tracking survey report

Date added: 03/25/2013
Downloads: 10649
Public expenditure tracking survey report

This Public Expenditure Tracking Survey (PETS) was undertaken in 2011-2012 under the framework of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF. This publication exemplifies the strong partnership between the Ministry of Planning and Investment, Dien Bien Province and UNICEF Viet Nam.

The Survey was completed by a research team consisting of Ms. Nguyen Thi Kim Dung (Central Institute for Economic Management), Ms. Tran Nhu Trang (Center for Rural Progress) and Ms. Hoang Thi Thuy Nguyet (Academy of Finance) with technical guidance and support from Prof. Bernard Gauthier (University of Montreal).

The Survey Report received valuable inputs and comments from experts of local departments and agencies in Dien Bien (Department of Planning and Investment, Department of Education and Training, Department of Finance, Provincial Statistics Office, Committee for Ethnic Minorities, agencies in Muong Cha and Dien Bien Dong districts) and ministries and committees at central level (Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Education and Training, Committee for Ethnic Minorities).

The Ministry of Planning and Investment and UNICEF Viet Nam would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this publication.

Increasing efficiency and effectiveness of Cash Transfer Schemes for improving school
attendance

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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE- state of world population 2012

Date added: 11/16/2012
Downloads: 10324
BY CHOICE, NOT BY CHANCE- state of world population 2012

The report is structured to answer the following key questions:

What is a rights-based approach to family planning?
Where have gains been made and who cannot yet fully exercise their right to family planning?
What are the social and economic benefits of a rights-based approach to family planning?
What are the cost implications of a rights-based approach to family planning?
What should the international community do to implement a rights-based approach?

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

An Analysis of the Situation of Children in Ninh Thuan Province

Date added: 08/21/2012
Downloads: 12014
An Analysis of the Situation of Children in Ninh Thuan Province
This Situation Analysis was undertaken in 2010-2011 as part of the Provincial Child Friendly Programme, under the framework of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF in the period 2006-2011. This publication exemplifies the strong partnership between Ninh Thuan Province and UNICEF Viet Nam.
The research was completed by a research team consisting of Edwin Shanks, Nguyen Tam Giang and Duong Quoc Hung. Findings of the research were arrived at following intensive consultations with local stakeholders, during fieldwork in late 2010 and a consultation workshop in Ninh Thuan in June 2011. Inputs were received from experts from relevant provincial line departments, agencies and other organisations, including the Department of Planning and Investment, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Provincial Statistics Office, the Department of Finance, the Social Protection Centre, the Women's Union, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Provincial Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, the Committee for Ethnic Minorities, representatives from the districts of Bac Ai and Thuan Bac and Phan Rang-Thap Cham City and representatives from the communes of Phuoc Dai and Cong Hai and My Hai ward.
Finalisation and editing of the report was conducted by the UNICEF Viet Nam Country Office.
Ninh Thuan Province and UNICEF Viet Nam would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this publication.

An analysis of the situation of children in An Giang province

Date added: 06/16/2012
Downloads: 12678
An analysis of the situation of children in An Giang province

This Situation Analysis was undertaken in 2010 and 2011 under the Provincial Child Friendly Programme within the framework of the Country Programme of Cooperation between the Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF in the period 2006-2011. This publication exemplifi es the strong partnership between An Giang Province and UNICEF Viet Nam.

The research was completed by a research team consisting of Edwin Shanks, Nguyen Tam Giang and Duong Quoc Hung. Findings of the research were arrived at following intensive consultations with local stakeholders, during fi eldwork in late 2010 and through a consultation workshop in An Giang in April 2011. Inputs were received from experts from relevant provincial line departments, agencies and other organisations, including the Department of Planning and Investment, the Department of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Department of Education, the Department of Health, the Provincial Statistics Offi ce, the Department of Finance, the Social Protection Centre, the Women's Union, the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Provincial Centre for Rural Water Supply and Sanitation, the Committee for Ethnic Minorities, representatives from the districts of Tinh Bien and Tan Chau and Long Xuyen City and representatives from the communes of Vinh Trung and Chau Phong and My Binh ward.

Finalisation and editing of the report was conducted by the UNICEF Viet Nam Country Office.

An Giang Province and UNICEF Viet Nam would like to sincerely thank all those who contributed to this publication.

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

Factsheet on Combating Human Trafficking

Date added: 02/28/2011
Downloads: 15991
Factsheet on Combating Human Trafficking

This factsheet, prepared by the UN Technical Working Group on Human Trafficking, summarizes current efforts by the Government of Viet Nam, the UN in Viet Nam and other organizations to combat this challenge in Viet Nam and the region.

The Issue

Human trafficking is a serious violation of human rights. It involves the movement of men, women and/or children by means of deception, coercion or threat for the purposes of exploitation. Vietnamese people vulnerable to trafficking include those that move for work both within and outside of the country. These migrants find jobs as domestic workers, or in the construction, agriculture, fishing and manufacturing sectors, and in the sex industry. Trafficking is known to occur mainly for the purposes of labour and sexual exploitation, but there are also cases of trafficking for marriage and child adoption.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Human Rights - Joint UN Publications

Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

Date added: 06/18/2008
Downloads: 17993
Compilation of General Comments and General Recommendations Adopted by Human Rights Treaty Bodies

This document contains a compilation of the general comments or general recommendations adopted, respectively, by the Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural, Rights, the Human Rights Committee, the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, the Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women, the Committee against Torture and the Committee on the Rights of the Child. The Committee on Migrant Workers has not yet adopted any general comments.

A Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit

Date added: 12/22/2009
Downloads: 11544
A Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit

Here you can download a zipped file containing the seven documents - in PDF format - that together constitute the Human Rights-Based Approach Toolkit.  The Toolkit is a concise and user-friendly guide to help UN Viet Nam staff integrate a human rights-based approach (HRBA) into their projects.


The Human Rights-Based Approach

A human rights-based approach to programming (HRBAP) is an approach that gives equal attention to what should be done and to how it should be done. A HRBA often aims at achieving the same goals as current development approaches (e.g.the MDGs), but puts equal attention on the process chosen to achieve these goals, as on the achievement of the goals themselves.

Category: UN Viet Nam Joint Publications/Gender - Joint UN Publications

UN Discussion Paper: CEDAW, Women's rights and retirement age in Viet Nam

Date added: 03/29/2012
Downloads: 13323
UN Discussion Paper: CEDAW, Women's rights and retirement age in Viet Nam

This discussion paper has been prepared to advocate for equal retirement age in Viet Nam to address gender equality and women’s rights issues inherent in this key agenda item. It will briefly summarize the relevant issues and provide recommendations, from the point of view of CEDAW and informed by international experience, on how best to address the issue of gender-based discrimination in retirement age.

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

Internal Migration: Opportunities and challenges for socio-economic development in Viet Nam

Date added: 11/17/2010
Downloads: 20996
Internal Migration: Opportunities and challenges for socio-economic development in Viet Nam

This paper focuses on internal economic migration in Viet Nam. It is important to recognise the continuities between internal and international migration trends, as well as their shared capacity to significantly contribute to the socio-economic development of Viet Nam. This paper makes suggestions for appropriate policy interventions to maximize the contribution of migration to socio-economic and human development in Viet Nam and to ensure the rights of migrants adn their families are realized.

Internal Migration and Socio-economic development in Viet Nam – A Call to Action

Date added: 07/15/2010
Downloads: 18582
Internal Migration and Socio-economic development in Viet Nam – A Call to Action

This advocacy brief highlights five main ways in which internal migration affects and is affected by to socio-economic development. As such, these are issues that deserve attention from  policymakers and development partners in Viet Nam. To enhance the potential of internal migration to contribute to equitable social and economic development, this paper provides a set of specific policy recommendations as outlined in the chapters below. The recommendations focus on the need for more and better data on internal migration to support evidence-based policymaking; reform of the household registration system; actions to ensure internal migration is safe and migrants are protected in their employment; use of migrant-sensitive planning for urban and industrial zones; and exploration of new ways to leverage internal migration for human development.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNICEF Publications

Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam

Date added: 11/02/2009
Downloads: 9708
Creating a protective environment for children in Viet Nam
An assessment of child protection laws and policies, especially children in special circumstances in Viet Nam

Protection, care and education of children are one of the best traditional practices of Vietnam. That tradition has been protected, respected and promoted. The attention and care of children are more evident since Vietnam has signed the United Nation Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990; which is a strong commitment of the Government of Socialist Republic of Vietnam regarding of protection, care and education of children, ensuring all children are subject to equal treatment and best conditions for full potential development and a safe and healthy living environment so that all children are entitled to basic rights and fulfil their obligations.

Vietnam has been developing and improving its legislation in general as well as child care and protection legislation and policy. Vietnam’s legislation has reflected international standards and harmonious adoption of them in Vietnam’s specific context. This is the legal framework to ensure the exercise of child rights. However, in accompanied with rapidly increasing and diversified social relationships in child protection, the legal regulations in child protection need continuously review assessment and revision to accommodate Vietnam context as well as international legislations.

It's About Ability - Learning Guide on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

Date added: 01/28/2010
Downloads: 18790
It's About Ability - Learning Guide on the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

This guide was written by Valerie Karr, a Ph.D candidate at Teachers College, Columbia University and an expert in the field of child education and disability.

The guide is a companion to the publication It’s About Ability, a child-friendly booklet version of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The development of both materials was initiated at UNICEF under the leadership of the Child Protection Section, with support from the Adolescent Development and Participation Unit. The guide and booklet were edited and produced by UNICEF’s Division of Communication.

UNICEF would like to thank Rosangela Berman Bieler and Sergio Meresman of the Inter-American Institute on Disability and Inclusive Development for peer-reviewing the guide.  We also express  appreciation to the many other people who commented on successive drafts:  Helen Schulte (UNICEF), Ravi Karkara (UNICEF), Shaila Parveen Luna (UNICEF), Lena Karlsson (UNICEF Innocenti Research Center), Cristina Gallegos (UNICEF) , Jaclyn Tierney (UNICEF) and Carolina Hepp (UNICEF).

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

Social services for human development

Date added: 01/20/2012
Downloads: 15357
Social services for human development

Viet Nam Human Development Report 2011

This national Human Development Report provides an evidence-based analysis of Viet Nam's human development progress at the sub-national level, focusing specifically on issues around health and education. It looks at the challenges many Vietnamese face in accessing basic social services. The report shows how rising economic inequality is accompanied by persistent disparities in key education and health indicators. It concludes that if Viet Nam is to continue moving to higher levels of human development, ensuring universal, equitable access to health and education is essential.

National Human Rights Institutions – models, programs, challenges, solutions

Date added: 07/29/2011
Downloads: 10904
National Human Rights Institutions – models, programs, challenges, solutions

A study for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of Viet Nam

The present study aims to inform the government of Viet Nam about National Human Rights Institutions (NHRI) as a key element of human rights protection and promotion at the national level. Seeking the best realization of its citizens’ human rights, Viet Nam has over the years been completing legal frameworks as well as mechanisms comprising of various legislative, executive and judicial organs for the promotion and protection of human rights. In addition, Viet Nam ratified five of the key UN human rights treaties  and signed the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities; it also ratified the Genocide Convention and several ILO conventions. The country took part in the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the UN Human Rights Council during the 5th session in 2009 and extended invitations to several special mechanisms of the Human Rights Council.

Human Development Report 2007/2008

Date added: 12/04/2007
Downloads: 14142
Human Development Report 2007/2008
Fighting climate change: Human solidarity in a divided world

Climate change is the defining human development challenge of the 21st Century. Failure to respond to that challenge will stall and then reverse international efforts to reduce poverty. The poorest countries and most vulnerable citizens will suffer the earliest and most damaging setbacks, even though they have contributed least to the problem. Looking to the future, no country—however wealthy or powerful—will be immune to the impact of global warming.

The Human Development Report 2007/2008 shows that climate change is not just a future scenario. Increased exposure to droughts, floods and storms is already destroying opportunity and reinforcing inequality. Meanwhile, there is now overwhelming scientific evidence that the world is moving towards the point at which irreversible ecological catastrophe becomes unavoidable. Business-as-usual climate change points in a clear direction: unprecedented reversal in human development in our lifetime, and acute risks for our children and their grandchildren.

There is a window of opportunity for avoiding the most damaging climate change impacts, but that window is closing: the world has less than a decade to change course. Actions taken—or not taken—in the years ahead will have a profound bearing on the future course of human development. The world lacks neither the financial resources nor the technological capabilities to act. What is missing is a sense of urgency, human solidarity and collective interest.

As the Human Development Report 2007/2008 argues, climate change poses challenges at many levels. In a divided but ecologically interdependent world, it challenges all people to reflect upon how we manage the environment of the one thing that we share in common: planet Earth. It challenges us to reflect on social justice and human rights across countries and generations. It challenges political leaders and people in rich nations to acknowledge their historic responsibility for the problem, and to initiate deep and early cuts in greenhouse gas emissions. Above all, it challenges the entire human community to undertake prompt and strong collective action based on shared values and a shared vision.

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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

Fact Sheet on the Age and Sex Structure of Viet Nam's Population: Evidence from the 2009 Census

Date added: 06/20/2011
Downloads: 13477
Fact Sheet on the Age and Sex Structure of Viet Nam's Population: Evidence from the 2009 Census

Based on the analysis of the sample data of the 2009 Census on Population and Housing in Viet Nam – this factsheet presents key information on the age and sex structure in Viet Nam. It also analyzes some policy implications and includes recommendations on how Viet Nam can take advantage of the opportunities and overcome the constraints of its demographic dynamics in the country’s socio-economic and human development planning.

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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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