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Rockstorm7 - Mobifone and UNFPA's innovative approach to reach young people through music to promote healthy life style

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IMG 6508HA NOI, 4 December 2014 - A new collaboration between UNFPA and Mobifone on "Rockstorm7 - Dong A spirit" was signed today in Ha Noi. UNFPA will join RockStorm7 tour in six cities and provinces of Hue, Da Nang, Bien Hoa, Ho Chi Minh City, Can Tho, and Ha Noi from 6 December 2014 to 10 January 2015. This collaboration is an innovative approach to promote healthy life style and to engage young people on issues related to sexual and reproductive health (SRH), emphasized Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative at the signing ceremony.  

Viet Nam has entered a period of golden population, recording the highest proportion of young people ever in the country's history. This provides a unique economic opportunity for the country’s development, but also creates challenges. Young people aged 10-25 make up nearly 40 per cent of the Viet Nam’s total population.

While today Vietnamese young people are generally healthier and have better education, their sexual and reproductive health is largely overlooked. Young people still lack sufficient information and life skills related to reproductive health and sexuality. This leaves them vulnerable to high-risk behavior and ill-health outcomes, including unintended pregnancies, sexually transmitted infections (STIs), HIV, sexual abuse and gender-based violence.

Sexuality education at schools remains limited. Certain groups, such as young migrants and ethnic minority youth, still have only limited access to SRH information and services. One-third of Vietnamese young people continue to face barriers when trying to access reproductive health information and services, such as contraception.  

"UNFPA works with the Government and other development partners to find innovative ways to assist Viet Nam in securing the health, development and human rights of young people. We are committed to delivering a world where every young person’s potential is fulfilled – where their human rights are respected and their diversity is celebrated," said Mr. Erken.

"UNFPA welcomes this kind of initiative from Mobifone and stand ready to support it. We  are eager to partner with you to facilitate and advance this partnership".

RockStorm , Mobifone's initiative since 2007,  was awarded Music Devotion Award 2013 and proceeding from ticket sales have been donated to Operation Smile and Foundations for Poor Students and Viet Nam's Youth Union.

  • Click here to read speech from the UNFPA Representative.

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