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The UN Country Team in Viet Nam


The United Nations Country Team (UNCT) in Viet Nam consists of all the UN agencies, funds and programmes in Viet Nam.  The UNCT works "as one" to support Viet Nam in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Viet Nam’s own National Development Goals through a people-centred, rights-based approach to development as outlined in the One Plan,  the combined planning framework for all the UN organizations in Viet Nam participating in the One UN Initiative.

The UNCT is led by the UN Resident Coordinator as the senior UN official in Viet Nam. Designated the "One Leader" under the One UN Initiative, the RC takes the lead on common issues that require the UN Country Team to speak with one voice, and presents a common UN position. He guides the strategic development and management of the One UN Initiative and promotes joint decisions including all representatives of the participating UN organizations.

The UN Resident Coordinator's Office provides direct support to the UN Resident Coordinator and the UN Country Team, including advisory, technical, organizational and management support. It also helps coordinate the work of non-resident UN organizations. Coordinating development operations promotes more strategic support for national plans and priorities, makes operations more efficient and reduces transaction costs for governments. This helps the UN to be a more relevant and reliable partner for governments.

Viet Nam is one of eight pilot "Delivering as One" countries implementing UN reform at the country level with the aim of making the UN in Viet Nam more responsive and effective to the country’s rapidly evolving needs.

For more information on how the UN provides assistance to Viet Nam, click here.

Contact Information:

Office of the Resident Coordinator
United Nations in Viet Nam
Ph: (+84) 4 3942 1495 ext 215
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Below are links to the websites of UN organizations currently working in Viet Nam:  

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 FAO, Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations

Viet Nam Country Office

Viet Nam has emerged as one of the most striking economic success stories of recent years. Rapid economic growth combined with direct government action to assist the poorest households and communities have dramatically reduced the incidence of poverty and improved the living standards of most Vietnamese people.

But despite dramatic economic progress in Viet Nam over the last ten years, a significant proportion of the population remains poor. Sustainable results in rural poverty reduction will not be achieved unless a people-centred rural development policy is designed and executed to enhance the access of the rural population to productive assets in agriculture and off-farm employment. Some 70 % of people live in rural areas and this situation will be maintained for long, despite rapid urbanisation.

FAO started working in Viet Nam in 1978. Since then FAO has provided technical assistance and advice to the Government, and has been involved in the implementation of some 400 projects in the areas of sustainable agricultural development, food security and nutrition, forestry and fisheries.

FAO Representative in Viet Nam: Mr. Jong-ha Bae
No. 3, Nguyen Gia Thieu Street
Hanoi, Vietnam
Tel: (84-4) 39424856
Fax: (84-4) 39410090

Learn more about FAO in Viet Nam

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 ILO, The International Labour Organization

The International Labour Organization is the UN specialized agency which seeks the promotion of social justice and internationally recognized human and labour rights. It was founded in 1919 and is the only surviving major creation of the Treaty of Versailles which brought the League of Nations into being and it became the first specialized agency of the UN in 1946.

The ILO formulates international labour standards in the form of Conventions and Recommendations setting minimum standards on basic labour rights: freedom of association, collective bargaining, abolition of forced labour, equality of opportunity and treatment and the prevention and elimination of child labour, as well as other standards regulating conditions across the entire spectrum of work related issues. The ILO’s work in Viet Nam takes place within the context of a National Cooperation Framework Agreement Promoting Decent Work in Viet Nam and includes policy advice and technical support in the fields of:

  • labour law and labour administration;
  • human resources development and human resources management;
  • industrial relations;
  • employment policies and practices and enterprise development;
  • working conditions and social protection.

It promotes the development of independent employers' and workers' organizations and provides training and advisory services to those organizations. Within the UN system, the ILO has a unique tripartite structure with workers and employers participating as equal partners with governments in the work of its governing organs.

ILO Director in Viet Nam: Mr. Gyorgy Sziraczki

Learn more about ILO in Viet Nam

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 IOM, The International Organization for Migration

Who we are:

Established in 1951, IOM is the leading intergovernmental organisation in the field of migration and it works closely with governmental, intergovernmental and non-governmental partners in over 100 countries. With 120 member states and 19 states with observer status, of which Viet Nam is one, IOM is dedicated to supporting both governments and migrants in promoting humanitarian and orderly migration. '


What we do:

IOM first began operations in Viet Nam in 1987 and operates under a Memorandum of Understanding with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. IOM's Mission in Viet Nam is based in Ha Noi with a sub-office in Ho Chi Minh City and has over 100 experienced staff dedicated to assisting the government and the people of Viet Nam in the field of migration.

IOM’s operation in Viet Nam is concerned about the welfare and quality of life of Vietnamese, particularly migrant and mobile populations. The programme focuses on safe migration and mobility, which includes counter trafficking, labour migration, public health and social services, and access to information, as well as assistance to local Embassies and Consulates on migration issues. Since 1987, IOM has had close working relationships with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Labour Invalids, and Social Affairs, Ministry of Public Security, Ministry of Transport, and the Viet Nam Women’s Union.

Where we work: While IOM’s central-level policy activities are focused in Ha Noi, IOM is primarily a decentralized, operational organization with most project activities being tailored to provinces and cities where the needs of migrant populations are most significant. Ongoing activities are being conducted in Ha Noi, HCMC and its environs, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and in several Mekong Delta provinces.

In addition, IOM works with its regional and global partners to assist Vietnamese migrants when they are abroad.

IOM Chief of Mission in Viet Nam: Mr. Florian Forster

For more information:

Please visit our local website http://www.iom.int.vn/ and our global website http://www.iom.int/

Contact information:

IOM Mission in Ha Noi | Tel: +84 4 736 6258 | Fax:(+84) 43 736 6259 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

IOM Sub-Office in Ho Chi Minh City | Tel: +84 8 822 2057 | Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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unaids_logoUNAIDS in Viet Nam

Who we are:

UNAIDS, the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS, brings together the efforts and resources of the UN system organizations to the global AIDS response.

The Theme Group, involving cosponsors in Viet Nam and other UN organisations, includes: UNHCR, UNICEF, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, ILO, UNESCO, WHO, World Bank, IOM and UNV.

What we do:

UNAIDS supports development, implementation and scale-up of comprehensive AIDS strategies. In Viet Nam, UNAIDS works to support the response of the Government and civil society to the AIDS epidemic. UNAIDS facilitates coordination of AIDS -related activities undertaken by the UN system, and other international agencies, including bilateral donor agencies, international NGOs and others. Specific areas of work include promoting and assisting:

Leadership and advocacy for effective action on the epidemic including a rights-based approach; Strategic information and support for coordination efforts for the response to AIDS; Tracking, documenting, monitoring and evaluating of the epidemic and the response; Engaging other stakeholders in HIV, including mass organizations, NGOs, People Living with HIV, and private/business sectors; and Mobilization of technical and financial resources to support an effective response. The UNAIDS Country Office provides strategic support to UN agencies, donor agencies, Government and other national partners in this work.

Where we work:

UNAIDS works mostly at the central level, but also supports provincial AIDS centres in their work. UNAIDS office is located in Hanoi and also has two staff working in Ho Chi Minh City supporting coordination.

UNAIDS Country Director (a.i.) in Viet Nam: Mr. Alankar Malviya

For more information:

Please visit our local website at http://www.unaids.org.vn/ (with a lot of useful information about AIDS in Viet Nam and the response) and the global website at http://www.unaids.org/. The phone number for the UNAIDS office is +84 (0)4 734 28 24

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UNDP Logo SmallUNDP in Viet Nam

Who we are:

UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. We are on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

What we do:

For 30 years, UN Development Programme (UNDP) has had a strong partnership with the people and government of Viet Nam. At UNDP Viet Nam we continue to provide critical support in the areas of Democratic Governance, Poverty Reduction, Crisis Prevention and Recovery, Energy and Environment and HIV/AIDS, while ensuring recent economic growth improves the living standards of all Vietnamese people. We work to encourage human rights and discourage increasing disparities based on gender, wealth, location, ethnicity, health and more.

Where we work:

In line with Viet Nam’s needs and priorities, as well as UNDP’s reform process, UNDP Viet Nam is moving evn further into upstream advisory and capacity building assistance for pro-poor policy and institutional development.

UNDP Country Director in Viet Nam: Ms. Louise Chamberlain

For more information: visit our website http://www.vnundp.org/ or http://www.undp.org.vn

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unesco_logo_01UNESCO, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization

Who we are:

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation, is a specialised international agency that was founded in 1945. Through its activities within the fields of education, social and natural science, culture and communication, UNESCO is actively contributing to the achievement of the Development Goals of the United Nations Millennium Declaration, especially those aiming to halve the proportion of people living in extreme poverty, achieve universal primary education, eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education, combat HIV/AIDs, and ensure environmental sustainability.

What we do:

UNESCO has been active in Viet Nam since 1976. The agency’s goal is to contribute to empowering the people of Viet Nam, especially the disadvantaged population groups, to fully participate in and benefit from development.

Priority programs in the field of education include Education for All (EFA) and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The major stakeholders in these programs are the Vietnamese National Commission for UNESCO, the Viet Nam National Committee on DESD and the Ministry of Education and Training. Initiatives include ongoing support for a nationwide network of Community Learning Centres (CLCs), as well as development of education materials covering such themes as environmental protection and preservation, gender and women, community health, HIV/AIDs and the role of Information and Communication Technologies in education.

Within the fields of culture and science UNESCO in Viet Nam supports international efforts to protect world heritage and preserve cultural and natural diversity. In major partnership with the Ministry of Culture and Information, and together with other local and international counterparts, UNESCO works to protect the tangible and intangible components of cultural diversity and preserve biodiversity in Viet Nam.

UNESCO Viet Nam also recognises the role of information and knowledge as one of the driving forces for sustainable development and is committed to facilitating diversity of content, access and civil empowerment with regards to information and communication technology usage in Viet Nam. Current initiatives include digital preservation, community radio development, the promotion of access to information and communication technologies and training of media professionals.

Where we work:

As well as strong involvement in central policy level work, UNESCO Ha Noi’s current programme focuses on some nationwide activities as well as geographically targeted interventions in line with recognised cultural preservation and educational needs.

UNESCO Representative in Viet Nam: Ms. Katherine Muller-Marin

Our local website is currently under development (http://www.unesco.org.vn/) do please visit our global site at http://www.unesco.org/

Learn more about UNESCO in Viet Nam

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who_we_are_1_r4_c2UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, in Viet Nam

Who we are:

UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund, is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity. UNFPA supports countries in using population data for policies and programmes to reduce poverty and to ensure that every pregnancy is wanted, every birth is safe, every young person is free of HIV/AIDS, and every girl and woman is treated with dignity and respect.

What we do:

The overall goals of UNFPA – achieving universal access to sexual and reproductive health (including family planning), promoting reproductive rights, reducing maternal mortality and accelerating progress on the ICPD agenda and MDG 5 on maternal health – are all closely linked. UNFPA also focuses on improving the lives of young people and women by advocating for human rights and gender equality and by promoting an understanding of population dynamics. Population dynamics, such as the growth rate and age structure of a population, as well as fertility, mortality and migration trends, have an effect on every aspect of human, social and economic progress. Access to sexual and reproductive health and women's empowerment also powerfully affect and are influenced by population trends.

Our priority in Viet Nam is to improve the well-being of the Vietnamese people. Our aim is to enhance the quality of life of the most vulnerable groups in society, including the poor, ethnic minorities, victims of domestic violence, sex workers, and people living with and affected by HIV, as well as adolescents and young people. We mainly work at the national policy level, focusing on sexual and reproductive health, population and development, and gender issues.

Where we work:

We are also on the ground in a number of provinces throughout Viet Nam, particularly provinces with lower levels of socio-economic development and a high proportion of vulnerable groups. We target provinces where the number of women dying while giving birth is high, that have limited sexual and reproductive health services, where the sex ratio at birth imbalance and rates of domestic violence are high, or where there is a higher proportion of older people. It is our ambition that the intervention models we are helping to develop in these provinces, if cost-effective, will be considered by the Government for provincial and nation-wide scaling up. We are active in: Hai Duong, Quang Binh, Kon Tum, Ninh Thuan and Ben Tre provinces

UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam: Mr. Arthur Erken

For more information contact:

UNFPA-Viet Nam
Tenancy A1, Golden Westlake Executive Residences
151 Thuy Khue Street, Tay Ho District, Ha Noi

Postal address: UNDP/UNFPA, P.O. Box 618, Bangkok 10501, Thailand
Tel: (84-4) 3823 6632, Fax: (84-4) 3823 2822, Web: http://vietnam.unfpa.org

Learn more about UNFPA

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 UNHCR, The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees

The work of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) in Viet Nam focuses on ending statelessness of former Cambodian refugees, and helping to reintegrate Montagnard people returning to the Central Highlands from Cambodia. UNHCR has been providing assistance in Viet Nam since 1973, and first opened an office in Hanoi in April 1975 on the eve of reunification. In 35 years in Viet Nam, UNHCR has helped war-affected Vietnamese displaced within their own country and Cambodian refugees who fled their country to seek refuge during the second half of the 1970s. The agency has also helped thousands of Vietnamese join their families abroad after the war under the Orderly Departure Program, and helped returnee Vietnamese Boat People. UNHCR’s contributions to Viet Nam have totalled more than US$ 110 million over the years.

UNHCR Chief of Mission in Viet Nam: Mr. Vu Anh Son

Learn more about UNHCR in Viet Nam

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 UNICEF, United Nations Children’s Fund

Who we are:

UNICEF, the United Nations Children’s Fund, is the driving force that helps build a world where the rights of every child are realized. We have the global authority to influence decision-makers, and the variety of partners at grassroots level to turn the most innovative ideas into reality. That makes us unique among world organizations, and unique among those working with the young.

UNICEF upholds the Convention on the Rights of the Child, which was first adopted in 1989, and has become the most widely accepted human rights accord in history. Its principles guide all that UNICEF does in the world.

UNICEF advocates for children’s rights and contribute to the well-being of children through programmes that help them to survive and thrive to adulthood. All that we do helps children realize and reach their full potential.

UNICEF is on the ground in over 150 countries and territories to help children survive and thrive, from early childhood through adolescence. UNICEF began its nationwide programme of assistance in Viet Nam in 1975 and has since then been working to improve the well-being of all Vietnamese children across the country. 

What we do:

Over the last three decades, our work in Viet Nam has evolved from emergency and reconstruction tomeeting basic needs in health and education, to today concentrating on improving social services, while supporting sound policy and an effective legal framework to ensure each one of the country’s 30 million girls and boys can meet his or her full potential.

Across all its programmes, UNICEF Viet Nam is providing support to policy development, legal reform, and improving social services. Building the country’s capacity in child-sensitive law making, quality service delivery and improving the data quality and how it is used are important strategies for UNICEF to help children in Viet Nam. 

Innovations on the ground through the Provincial Child Friendly Programme in six provinces of the country are providing a comprehensive response to the multi-sectoral needs of children. Incorporating work in education, child survival and development – which includes components supporting health and nutrition, child injury prevention, water and sanitation, HIV/AIDS prevention - child protection and social policy into a single programme has demonstrated the effectiveness of integrated services and the corresponding need to build local capacity to deliver them. This work from the field helps better inform UNICEF’s efforts to create a policy and legal framework that support the realisation of children’s rights.

Where we work:

At the national level, UNICEF’ works focus on policy dialogue and the development of legal frameworks on systems that support the total fulfillment of children’s right in Viet Nam.

At the subnational level, UNICEF’ support  focuses on an integrated approach addressing child rights through the Provincial Child Friendly Programme in Dong Thap, Kon Tum,  NinhThuan, Dien Bien, An Giang and Ho Chi Minh City.

UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam: Ms Lotta Sylwander

Learn more about UNICEF in Viet Nam

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 UNIDO, The United Nations Industrial Development Organization

Who we are:

UNIDO was established in 1966 as an autonomous body within the United Nations and became a specialized agency in 1985. Its mission is to promote industrial development and international industrial cooperation. As such, UNIDO supports developing countries and economies in transition in their efforts to achieve sustainable industrial development.

UNIDO has a field network of 12 regional offices, 16 country offices, and thirteen “UNIDO Desks” based in UNDP offices. A network of 15 Investment and Technology Promotion Offices (ITPOs) and four Investment Promotion Units (IPUs) promotes investment and technology flows. In addition, it operates 34 National Cleaner Production Centres (NCPCs), together with UNEP, with another five currently under establishment, and nine International Technology Centres at various stages of development. UNIDO also has liaison offices in Geneva (Switzerland), New York (USA) and Brussels (Belgium).

What we do:

For its activities UNIDO focuses on three thematic priorities:

  • Poverty reduction through productive activities, by promoting industry, especially through small and medium enterprises, with a focus on employment creation, income generation and institutional capacity-building;
  • Trade capacity-building, by helping countries to develop production and trade-related capacities, including the capacity of producers to conform to product and quality standards required by international markets;
  • Environment and energy, by promoting industrial energy efficiency and renewable sources of energy, particularly in rural areas, and by reducing or eliminating pollution caused by industrial activities.

Since its establishment in 1976, the UNIDO Country Office in Hanoi has provided specialized technical assistances to the Government of Vietnam. In early 2006, the Integrated Programme (IP) for 2006-2010 was established in line with the Socio-economic Development Plan of the Government. The IP aims at assisting Vietnam to achieve sustainable industrialization by promoting public-private partnership, private sector development, conformity to international standards for export growth, environmentally sound technologies and energy efficiency.

UNIDO Representative in Viet Nam: Mr. Patrick Jean Gilabert

For more information, please contact:

UNIDO Viet Nam Country Office 72 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ha Noi, Viet Nam,
Tel:
+84-(0)4-822-4490, Fax: +84-(0)4-942-2484, Web: 
http://www.unido.org/

Learn more about UNIDO in Viet Nam

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Who we are:

UN Women works to promote gender equality between women and men and to advance the status of women. In particular, it focusses on implementing the Beijing Platform for Action and other UN global commitments through political and economic empowerment of women, and through the full realization of women's human rights. It works with governments, NGOs, community and other organizations, as well as individuals.

What we do:

UN Women promotes gender mainstreaming and sensitivity to the different needs of men and women in UN programmes by providing technical support to other UN agencies, and through our active participation in the activities of the UN System. This includes participation in the One UN Initiative, Common Country Assessments and the UN Development Frameworks that provide the context for collaboration among UN agencies at the country level.

UN Women has been implementing a project supporting on the Convention on the Elimintaion of All forms of Discrimination Against Women (CEDAW). The project supported the development of Viet Nam’s first ever Shadow report for CEDAW which was presented to the CEDAW Committee in January 2007. UN Women has been active in supporting the development of the Vietnamese Law on Gender Equality, and the Draft Domestic Violence legislation, in line with CEDAW principles.

Other work includes addressing the joint issues of HIV/AIDS and violence against women in the North of Viet Nam through a project with the Viet Nam Women’s Union and the Research Insitute for Family and Reproductive Health.

UN Women Representative for Viet Nam: Ms. Shoko Ishikawa

For more information contact:

UN Women

Address: 72 Ly Thuong Kiet, Ha Noi, Viet Nam,
Tel:
(844) 39421495 Fax: (844) 38223579, Web: www.unwomen.org

Learn more about UN Women

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 UNODC, The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

Who we are:

United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is the custodian of international legal instruments in the areas of drugs, transnational organized crime, corruption and terrorism. The Office is also the guardian of a considerable body of internationally recognized principles in crime prevention and criminal justice, encompassing such issues as juvenile justice, the treatment of offenders, international cooperation, good governance, victim protection and violence against women. UNODC also helps countries to reform their criminal justice systems.

What we do:

UNODC’s current operational targets include enhancing the drug interdiction and investigation capacity of law enforcement and judiciary system, reducing drug demand through promoting preventive education and improved treatment services, and increasing awareness and knowledge about HIV/AIDS transmission among vulnerable populations, especially IDUs.

To prevent, investigate and prosecute cases of trafficking in human beings in Viet Nam, UNODC is assisting in the capacity building of the law enforcement and judiciary.

By providing technical assistance to treatment and rehabilitation centres, UNODC is improving the effectiveness of drug abuse treatment and reducing the adverse health and social consequences of drug abuse.

To reduce drug use, especially among young people in Viet Nam, UNODC is working with mass media on drug prevention reporting and enhancing the capacity of local communities to implement drug prevention activities and vocational training for high-risk youth.

In 2007, UNODC Viet Nam is also looking forward to seeing its first anti-money laundering project to take off.

Where we work:

UNODC’s current projects have activities in a number of provinces throughout Viet Nam. To reach its full potential and to enhance the capacity local partners, UNODC is working together with the ministries and central institutions to implement its projects. With its partners, who include government institutions, NGOs and other UN agencies, UNODC operates both at policy level and as well as at community level.

UNDOC Representative in Viet Nam: Zhuldyz Akisheva

For more information:

Please visit our local website http://www.unodc.org/vietnam/ and our global website http://www.unodc.org

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 UNV, United Nations Volunteers in Viet Nam

Who we are:

UNV, United Nations Volunteers programme, is the UN organization that supports human development globally by promoting volunteerism and mobilizing volunteers. UNV is administered by UNDP and operates amidst growing recognition that volunteerism makes important contributions, economically and socially, to more cohesive societies by building trust and reciprocity among citizens.

What we do:

UNV has been working in Viet Nam since 1990 to increase the involvement of UN Volunteers and volunteers in general in a wide range of development activities that contribute to achievement of the Millennium Development Goals.

Volunteer Mobilization.

UNV encourages people to share their experiences, skills and volunteer in developing countries on their assignments with UN Agencies, private and non-governmental sectors. Online volunteers from across the world also support Viet Nam’s development offering their expertise when they can, using their computer and Internet connection.

Volunteer Promotion.

UNV helps organizations in Viet Nam to involve volunteers in their activities. On International Volunteer Day (5 December), UNV collaborates with volunteer groups and individuals to organize public events to promote the importance of volunteerism for development.

Programming.

UNV expands the volunteer network and contributes to the achievement of the MDGs in Viet Nam by directly supporting development programmes. To date, UNV has successfully supported programmes in areas of social work, vocational training and youth employment, and World Heritage Preservation.

Where we work:

UNV is working in partnership with the Viet Nam Women’s Union and UNAIDS to promote the Greater Involvement of People Living with HIV/AIDS (GIPA). GIPA is carrying out in Ha Noi, Quang Ninh, Hai Phong and Ho Chi Minh City. Besides, UNV is in cooperation with the Ba Vi Rehabilitation Centre no.2 to manage project “IT and English language training for Employment”.

In order to create a highly supportive and sustainable environment for volunteerism in Viet Nam, UNV supports national counterparts in the development of volunteer infrastructure, such as national volunteer resource centre with Viet Nam Youth Union. UNV also builds partnerships with volunteer involving agencies under its MDG Small Grant Facility in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City.

For more information:

Please visit our website http://www.un.org.vn/unv/ and our global website http://www.unvolunteers.org/

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 WHO, WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION IN VIET NAM

Who we are:

The World Health Organization (WHO) is the United Nations’ specialized agency for health. It has more than 50 years’ experience supporting countries and peoples to improve their health.

WHO has worked in Viet Nam for more than 50 years, working primarily with the Ministry of Health but also with other partners.

What we do:

WHO has played a critical role in disease control and prevention for decades. It has led the battle to eradicate polio. (Viet Nam was declared polio-free in 2000.) In 2003, WHO collaborated successfully with governments and other partners to contain Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and since the first outbreak of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (H5N1) in December 2003, has worked closely with the Government and other partners in efforts to prevent and control the spread of the virus.

Health leaders for fifty years

WHO has also been at the forefront of efforts against other diseases. It has spearheaded mass immunization campaigns, devised strategies to combat public health threats and set standards for various public health issues, including maternal and child health. WHO helped shape Viet Nam’s highly successful malaria programme, which resulted in a 90% drop in deaths in five years. A WHO-led strategy has also helped to almost eliminate leprosy in Viet Nam.

WHO’s scope of work includes:

  • Providing technical information, advice and expertise;
  • Setting technical standards for global health;
  • Promoting health policy directions and supporting decision-making;
  • Developing and applying disease control and prevention tools;
  • Managing health information and data collection methods;
  • Coordination /harmonization of health sector support.

Where we work:

WHO works with 193 countries. It has six regional offices, with its headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland.

WHO Representative in Viet Nam: Mr. Takeshi Kasai

For more information contact:

WHO/Viet Nam
63 Tran Hung Dao Street,
Hoan Kiem District
Ha Noi, Viet Nam

Postal Address: World Health Organization
P.O. Box 52 , Ha Noi, Viet Nam
Tel.: (844) 943 3734 • (844) 943 3735 • (844) 943 3736
Fax: (844) 943 3740

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 UN-HABITAT

Who we are

The United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-HABITAT), established in 1978 is the leading agency within the UN system for coordinating activities in the field of housing and urban development. It is mandated by the UN General Assembly to promote socially and environmentally sustainable towns and cities with the goal of providing adequate shelter for all.

What we do

UN-HABITAT’s strategic vision is anchored in a four-pillar strategy aimed at attaining the goal for Cities without Slums. This strategy consists of advocacy of global norms, analysis of information, field-testing of solutions and financing. These fall under the four core functions assigned to the agency by world governments – monitoring and research, policy development, capacity building and financing for housing and urban development.

Where we work

In Viet Nam, UN-HABITAT has focused its policy and technical advice activities on issues related to urban planning and management. Building on support provided to Viet Nam since 1999, UN-HABITAT is currently assisting with the preparation of City Development Strategies for Thanh Hoa province/city and Da Nang City. It has also supported the Association of Cities of Viet Nam (ACVN) to localize the MDGs for Vietnamese cities by assessing the current status of the achievement of MDGs and Viet Nam Development Goals (VDGs) in selected cities.

Under the Water for Asian Cities Programme (WAC) and in collaboration with the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and other governments in Asia, UN-HABITAT has initiated the “Mekong Region Water and Sanitation Programme for Secondary Towns” in which Viet Nam has been selected as a pilot implementing country.

In 2007 a Habitat Programme Manager (HPM) was appointed for Viet Nam. The HPM is working closely with a wide variety of local, national and international partners to implement the Habitat Agenda in Viet Nam.

UN-HABITAT Programme Manager in Viet Nam: Mr. Nguyen Quang

For more information contact:

UN-HABITAT Office
UN Apartment Building, Room 501, 2E Van Phuc
Ba Dinh, Ha Noi Tel/ Fax: (84-4) 823 7232 E-mail:
This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Global website: http://www.un-habitat.org/

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