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A visit to Auschwitz

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This year’s observance of the International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of The Holocaust , on 27 January-- the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp -- falls at a time when there are reminders all around us of the dangers of forgetting.  This year marks two decades since the genocide in Rwanda.  Conflicts in Syria, South Sudan and the Central African Republic have taken on dangerous communal dimensions.  Bigotry still courses through our societies and our politics.  The world can and must do more to eliminate the poison that led to the camps.


600.000 officials in asset-declaration list is vast

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Jairo Acuna- Alfaro Policy Advisor Public Administration Reform and Anti-CorruptionAs published in Lao Động News on 18 January 2014

“If Vietnam would like to effectively manage the asset declaration of public officials, the important thing is to clarify which income and what sources the declaration aims at. If it is only their salaries, I would say that many of them are living far beyond their formal income” - Jairo Acuna – Alfaro, UNDP Policy Advisor said to Lao Động.


Middle-class jobs put Viet Nam on the road to economic recovery

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opedBy Phu Huynh, Labour Economist, International Labour Organization, Regional Office for Asia and the PacificAs published in on 12 December 2013

While Vietnamese people still feel uncertain about the country’s economic outlook, they can hope that the rising middle-class workforce may play a role in reinvigorating their vibrant economy.


Real men do not oppress women

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Pratibha MehtaAs published in Viet Nam Net on Sunday 20 October 2013 

Although widely revered as home-makers and care givers, women still face many barriers that prevent them from realizing their potential as equal partners in both private and public life.

The perceived lower value of women and girls is demonstrated in the imbalance of sex ratio at birth. Due to pre-natal selection, 112 boys are now born for every 100 girls. If this trend continues, by 2035 there will be 10% more men than women, increasing the risk of sex trafficking and gender-based violence.


“The future we want” in focus at the UN General Assembly

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Pratibha MehtaAs published in dtinews on Friday, 27/09/2013 12:00 (GMT+7)

I always look forward to this time of the year when world leaders come together on an equal footing at the UN General Assembly in New York.

For several days, in a series of high level meetings, they deliberate on how to make this world a better place free of want, free of fear and free of prejudice. For that reason September is a month that brings hope.


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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.