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ILO Country Director honored for commmitment to business and development in Viet Nam

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Rie Vejs-KjeldgaardWomen behind Viet Nam’s economic success story

The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry (VCCI) honored a number of women on 6 March 2010 for their work in the field of enterprise development in Viet Nam. Mr Vu Tien Loc, President of the VCCI, awarded medals “for the business development” to exceptional women entrepreneurs and to three distinguished individuals who have played a key role in business development in Viet Nam and are therefore helping to make Viet Nam one of the world’s fastest growing economies.

Ms Rie Vejs-Kjeldgaard, Country Director of the International Labour Organization Viet Nam, was awarded the Medal for Enterprise Development to acknowledge her personal commitment and ILO’s contributions to development through business in Viet Nam.

The ILO is actively involved in promoting small enterprise development as a means of job creation and poverty reduction in Viet Nam, and has built a strong track record of assisting women entrepreneurs—with the vital support of the One UN Fund, Irish Aid, SIDA, the Spanish MDG Fund, and Cordaid among others. It has introduced a number of gender equality tools, including the training package on GET Ahead for Women in Enterprise, and provides entrepreneurship development training for many women and community leaders.

The ILO is currently undertaking a number of activities that are impacting the working lives of Vietnamese women entrepreneurs: the WEDGE project, promoting women’s entrepreneurship development works closely with the VCCI’s Vietnam Women Entrepreneur Council to help government agencies, partner organizations and business development service providers improve their services for women entrepreneurs; a project with four other UN agencies on ‘Green’ production aiming to create the environment for grassroots handicrafts producers—largely rural women—to grow and gain access to more profitable markets; and a local economic development project in Quang Nam province—an area acutely affected by youth unemployment—is working to improve the opportunities of young women and men. More broadly, a network of master trainers using the Start and Improve Your Business training tool continues to expand and to assist business and entrepreneurship development. A programme on microfinance works to strengthen institutions to provide better access to credit for vulnerable groups.




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.