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“Viet Nam should launch a national action plan on de-mining soon”: UNDP Deputy Director

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To mark the global Day for Raising Awareness about Landmines and De-mining Action (April 4th), Mr. Christophe Bahuet, Deputy Director of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Viet Nam had a talk with Quan Doi Nhan Dan (People's Army) newspaper regarding the problem of leftover landmines in Viet Nam from the war, and gave recommendations to solve the problem. Landmines and unexploded ordnance remaining after the war is a significant threat to people and creates many difficulties for efforts to eliminate hunger and reduce poverty, as well as economic development in affected countries.

Therefore, UNDP is now supporting many developing countries affected by landmines and unexploded ordnances. In Asia, UNDP has launched large programmes to support the Lao and Cambodian governments to build and implement national action plans on landmines and unexploded ordnances, coordination programmes on disarming, and support to landmine victims. Since 2008, initial supports has been provided to Viet Nam under the United Nations Convention on Cluster Munitions. UNDP has helped Viet Nam actively take part in the Oslo process and supported representatives from the Ministry of National Defence and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs take part in international conferences and events on the convention in Dublin, Oslo. The agency also helped Viet Nam hold a national conference on the Convention on Cluster Munitions in October 2008 and take part in important regional conferences on cluster munitions. Currently, UNDP is discussing with the Viet Nam Bomb and Mine Clearance Centre (VBMAC) about possible support in the future. With more than 6.6 million hectares polluted with landmines in Viet Nam, and regular landmine-related accidents, the country still has a lot of work to do. The country needs to urgently put together a national action plan to deal with the aftermath of landmines, work out a national coordinating mechanism and an action plan for the longer term, as well as introduce action plans alongside socio-economic development plans, both on a local and central scale.
(Quan Doi Nhan Dan - People's Army, Thong Tan Xa Viet Nam/Viet Nam Plus, Quan Doi Nhan Dan p2 - People's Army, April 5)






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.