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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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72 hours to make the world better for children with disabilities

TOM (Tikkun Olam Makers) is an international non-profit organization using design and technology to address neglected problems. The TOM event is an intersection between challenges and technical solutions. Participants with different backgrounds and expertise gather together for a 72-hour “makeathon” and build a product to help someone in need. TOM focuses on inclusive designs with a reasonable price for people with disabilities. In Hebrew, Tikkun Olam means changing the world; and this is TOM’s mission. (See more information about TOM at www.tomglobal.org) Dead

In 2016, the United States Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City, the Embassy of the State of Israel, UNICEF, Disability Research and Capacity Development (DRD), FABLAB Saigon, and other partners from academia and the private sector will co-organize the TOM event in Ho Chi Minh City. This is a unique opportunity for children with disabilities and families to present their challenges, as well as share ideas of products that would help to reduce their challenges. Based on these ideas, technical teams will develop innovative solutions during a 72-hour “makeathon” to help children have a better life.


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The Secretary-General’s message on Human Rights Day

 

10 December 2015 - Amid large-scale atrocities and widespread abuses across the world, Human Rights Day should rally more concerted global action to promote the timeless principles that we have collectively pledged to uphold.

In a year that marks the 70th anniversary of the United Nations, we can draw inspiration from the history of the modern human rights movement, which emerged from the Second World War.

At that time, President Franklin D. Roosevelt of the United States identified four basic freedoms as the birthright of all people: freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear.  His wife, Eleanor Roosevelt, joined forces at the United Nations with human rights champions from around the world to enshrine these freedoms in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.


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The Secretary-General’s message on International Anti-corruption Day

 

9 December 2015 - Global attitudes towards corruption have changed dramatically.  Where once bribery, corruption and illicit financial flows were often considered part of the cost of doing business, today corruption is widely -- and rightly -- understood as criminal and corrosive. The new 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, our plan to end poverty and ensure lives of dignity for all, recognizes the need to fight corruption in all its aspects and calls for significant reductions in illicit financial flows as well as for the recovery of stolen assets.

Corruption has disastrous impacts on development when funds that should be devoted to schools, health clinics and other vital public services are instead diverted into the hands of criminals or dishonest officials.


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The Secretary-General’s message on World AIDS Day

 

1 December 2015 - This year, we mark World AIDS Day with new hope. I applaud the staunch advocacy of activists. I commend the persistent efforts of health workers. And I pay tribute to the principled stance of human rights defenders and the courage of all those who have joined forces to fight for global progress against the disease.

World leaders have unanimously committed to ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals adopted in September. This commitment reflects the power of solidarity to forge, from a destructive disease, one of the most inclusive movements in modern history.


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The Secretary-General’s message on the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women

 

25 November 2015 - The atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women's freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.