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Vietnam's minorities more likely to be poor: UN

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As published by the Associated Press, 10 May 2012

Vietnam's minorities are far more likely to live in poverty than the rest of the population, the UN said Tuesday, singling out the northwest, where ethnic Hmong rallied for autonomy last week.

John Hendra, outgoing chief of the UN's Vietnam mission, told reporters that around half the people from ethnic minorities existed at poverty levels.

"One in two ethnic minorities now are likely to find themselves in poverty," against one in 11 for the rest of the population as a whole, Hendra said.

A World Bank report in 2009 said Vietnam's 53 minority peoples, who are distinct from the majority Kinh, numbered nearly 10 million out of the 86-million-strong population.

Hendra said ethnic areas were among those with the "most persistent and stubborn" poverty, with access to health, maternal mortality rates and nutritional levels far worse then other parts of the country.


Nation urged to rethink dependence on ODA funds

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Viet Nam News, 30 Mach 2011, page 3

Viet Nam' reliance on official development assistance to sustain its investment - based growth is increasingly challenged by the decline of ODA at a global level, a problem amplified by the global slow - down, said United Nations Independent Expert on Foreign Debt and Human Rights Cephas Lumina on March 29th. Lumina said while the country had recorded impressive success in socio - economic development and become a lower middle - income nation, social problem, especially among the most vulnerable groups were still an issue. Lower middle - income status, however, would result in less ODA as donor countries would turn to more needy countries, said Lumina at the conclusion of his 9 - day research trip to Viet Nam on March 29th.


Gender dimensions should be highlighted in HIV control in Vietnam: Int’l experts

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English translation of article published by the Voice of Vietnam, 20 March 2011

Vietnam should highlight gender dimensions in the fight against HIV/AIDS to make the country’s efforts fully effective, said international experts at a conference held by the Joint United Nations Program on HIV/AIDS and the United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) in Hanoi on March 16.


REDD starting to take root

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Some of the nation’s poorest are benefiting for the REDD initiative [sic]
As published in Vietnam Investment Review, 14 March 2011

Like most of K'ho[i] people living in Preteng village, about 80 kilometers west of Da Lat city, K'Sau is people of the forest.

In the first 30 years of his life, he depends on the forests, largely to meet the need for fuel, water and food etc. K'Sau now knows that he will continue to make his family’s living out of forestry sources but in a different way.

K’Sau recently learnt about environmental values of the forests. Being involved in a United Nations pilot forestry development program on green house gas emission reduction, he becomes aware of the importance of the carbon stored in the forests and the benefits he will reap from preserving the forest for carbon credits.


Women entrepreneurs to get help

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Voice of Vietnam online newspaper, 19 March, 2011

The Vietnamese government needs to take further measures [to] enable women to realise their full potential as entrepreneurs, said Director of International Labour Organisation (ILO) Country Office for Viet Nam Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard. The ILO official’s remarks were made at the National Workshop on Successful Strategies for Women’s Entrepreneurship Development in Hanoi on March 18th. She said the active support from the government in improving legal environment for business activities through implementing the Gender Equality Law and other decrees will be very important to create dynamic business environment for both men and women entrepreneurs. Ms Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard highlighted: “Women entrepreneurs play an important role in creating sustainably jobs for both male and female. Supporting women entrepreneurs in overcoming obstacles relating to role and responsibility of gender is very necessary thing to ensure for the sake of enterprises.” She also added that in order to better develop women entrepreneurs and more participate in the economy, we need four factors. Firstly, we create conditions for women to assess to services equally. Secondly, the Government should have polices to improve more friendly, and more advantage business environment. Thirdly, there are proper assessments on women entrepreneurs. Lastly, the society should sympathy to women entrepreneurs.

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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.