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Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNFPA Publications

Info-graphic on Viet Nam Labour Force and Population Ageing

Date added: 01/21/2016
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Info-graphic on Viet Nam Labour Force and Population Ageing

This info-graphic provides up-to-date data on labour force and population ageing in Viet Nam. It also provides data on population trend by age group and labour force participation.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/ILO Publications

ILO Newsletter March 2014

Date added: 04/01/2014
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ILO Newsletter March 2014

In this newsletter ILO spotlights the first National Child Labour Survey launched in Hanoi in March, an interview on labour and employment issues, the Better Work Programme, Viet Nam's ratification of the ILO Convention on Promotional Framework for Occupational Safety and Health and upcoming events.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/IOM Publications

Trafficking in Boys in Viet Nam

Date added: 01/01/2012
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Trafficking in Boys in Viet Nam

Previous studies, anecdotal evidence and media reports indicate that boys are trafficked in or from Viet Nam for sex, adoption and forced labour, but very little research has focused specifically on trafficking of boys.The goal of this research is to contribute to the broader objective of ensuring that the particular situation and vulnerabilities of boy victims of human trafficking are adequately addressed in Viet Nam's legal and policy response to the issue. The research objectives are to assess awareness of local authorities and community on and practices to address trafficking in boys, identify forms of trafficking in boys, factors that contribute to vulnerability to trafficking (especially gender conceptions) and types of trafficking in boys and document victims' experience of trafficking, return, rehabilitation and reintegration.

This report documents exploratory research on trafficking in boys in Viet Nam and is an activity under the General Statistics Office (GSO) component, implemented by International Organization for Migration (IOM) under the three-year Joint Programme on Gender Equality.

Gender and remittances from internal migrants

Date added: 02/01/2012
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Gender and remittances from internal migrants

This research explores gender differences in remittance-sending behaviour, gender differences in income management of migrants, gender differences in access to and utilization of remittance-sending services and channels, and the relationship between gender and the management and utilization of remittances at the home and the community of origin. The research findings are based on 600 male and female migrants surveyed and 42 IDIs and 12 FGDs conducted between April and May 2010 in three wards of central Hanoi, Viet Nam. This study will contribute to bridging the current research gap and provides a much needed data set from which gender sensitive policies and programmes can be developed. The research aims to strengthen the potential of internal remittances to maximize the development of internal migrants, their families and their communities and to contribute to policy and programmes that support gender-sensitive socio-economic development in rural Viet Nam.

This research is part of the Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE), jointly implemented by the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam. The programme and this research were generously financed by the Spanish-funded Millennium Development Goals Achievement Fund (MDG-F). The General Statistics Office (GSO), with technical assistance from the International Organization for Migration (IOM) Viet Nam, took the lead in the implementation of this research.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/ILO Publications

Weak employment recovery with persistent high unemployment and decent work deficits - An update on e

Date added: 11/19/2010
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Weak employment recovery with persistent high unemployment and decent work deficits - An update on e

Amid a “fragile labour market” marked by persistent high unemployment, “slack” jobs growth and declining wages, the International Labour Office (ILO) urged the Group of 20 to intensify its focus on “productive employment and job-intensive growth policies” at its upcoming summit in Seoul. ILO Director-General Juan Somavia is expected to attend the meeting.

In a new statistical update prepared for the 11-12 November G20 summit, the ILO says unemployment increased in 10 countries of the G20 in 2010 compared to 2009, but declined in eight. It also says that most emerging economies have seen a rise in employment and a decrease in unemployment in 2010.

Vietnam Employment Trends Report 2010

Date added: 01/24/2011
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Vietnam Employment Trends Report 2010

Following the first issue of the "Vietnam Employment Trends 2009", the second issue of a planned series of MOLISA reports describes the labour market situation in Viet Nam. "Vietnam Employment Trends 2010" provides an analysis of the latest labour market information with the purpose of assessing the impact of various economic challenges that we had to face in recent years. This includes the impact of the financial crisis on employment, working conditions and labour market trends as well as projections of these trends to 2015 and 2020.

Vietnam Employment Trends Report

Date added: 02/01/2010
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Vietnam Employment Trends Report

Recent developments in the labour market situation of Vietnam can be encapsulated into the following seven major components (not necessarily in order of importance):

1. Large increases in the population between 1997 and 2007 have added to the country's labour force, placing pressure on the Vietnam labour market. However, future population growth is not expected to be as high as the previous decade.
2. There has been strong GDP growth with consequent employment gains and improved labour productivity, supporting poverty reduction efforts.
3. There has been a downward trend in labour force participation rates and also employment-topopulation ratios. Contributing to this shift are youth remaining in school longer and adults taking earlier retirement.
4. A very large component of total employment falls into the category of being vulnerable to lacking decent work.
5. There have been significant sectoral shifts in employment with a decreasing proportion in agricultural employment, and rising employment in the industrial and services sectors.
6. Unemployment is not presently a problem in the country, with the unemployment rate remaining stable and very low over the past decade.
7. While Vietnam remains largely a rural population, it is gradually shifting toward being more urban.

Category: UN Publications by Agency/UNDP Publications

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

Date added: 02/04/2009
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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.

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

Date added: 03/22/2010
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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.

Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

Date added: 12/20/2011
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Health insurance in Viet Nam towards universal coverage: The case of the workers of the informal sec

The 2008 Law on Health Insurance targets comprehensive health insurance coverage by 2014. In 2009, health insurance was expanded to 58.4% of the population, demonstrating the efforts of the Government to expand the provision of health care. However, extending the coverage of health insurance to the remaining 41.6% of the population, or 35.7 million people, is a challenging task. First of all, even those individuals whose participation is subsidized appear reluctant to join the scheme. Secondly, those who are not insured predominantly work in the informal sector and are hard to track. Understanding and eliminating the obstacles that explain the unwillingness to participate in health insurance should therefore be part of any strategy to improve health insurance coverage. Understanding these obstacles is at the heart of this brief, and the study which underpins it, which focuses on workers in the informal sector and their family members.

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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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