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Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations sign new One Plan for 2012-2016

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op3 signing mpi 01Ha Noi, 27 March 2012 – On behalf of the Government of Viet Nam, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and representatives of the 16 UN agencies in Viet Nam and IOM today signed a new One Plan, covering the period 2012 to 2016. The new One Plan is the framework for cooperation programmes of UN agencies and IOM in Viet Nam over the next five years. It outlines a joint and strategic programme of work which will support Viet Nam in addressing its development priorities. The total budget for the One Plan is estimated at US$ 480 million.

The One Plan outlines three broad focus areas where the UN and the Government of Viet Nam will jointly implement work in the period from 2012 to 2016. This includes supporting the Government to achieve inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth; access to quality essential services and social protection; and enhanced governance and participation. Work in these areas responds to Viet Nam’s priorities, as outlined in the 2011-2020 Socio-Economic Development Strategy and the 2011-2015 Socio-Economic Development Plan.

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UN, EU and Government of Viet Nam agree to updated UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Viet Nam - Version 2012

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The UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Viet Nam - Version 2012 updated today 28 March 2012Ha Noi, March 28, 2012 – Representatives of the United Nations, the European Commission, European Union Member States, the Delegation of the European Union, and the Government of Viet Nam have agreed to updated UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Vietnam - Version 2012.

The 2012 Version provides clear and transparent guidelines for the management of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Viet Nam and represents a tangible contribution to aid effectiveness in the context of the Hanoi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness. The updatedUN-EU rates are to be used as reference guidelines by all national implementing partners and other counterparts in Viet Nam for the local costs of projects funded by UN agencies and the EU and its Member States’ missions in Viet Nam.

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Approval of the revised One Plan marks a major milestone in Viet Nam's One UN Initiative

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One Plan 2 signing ceremonyOn June 20 the revised One Plan - which expands the number of participating UN organisations in the Plan from 6 to 14 - was approved by Viet Nam's Prime Minister and signed by Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc, as well as by UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra and the representatives of the 14 participating UN organizations: FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNODC, UNV and WHO. One of the five pillars of the One UN Initiative in Viet Nam, the OP2  brings together into one coherent framework the programmes of 14 resident UN entities in order to better support Viet Nam in achieving the MDGs and its national development goals. 

Progress made with other aspects of the One UN Initiative


Progress on all aspects of the One UN Initiative was discussed at the Tripartite National Taskforce (TNTF) meeting on June 13 in Ha Noi.

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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.