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The UN Convention on the Rights of the Child Turns 18

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crc_18Impressive results achieved in realizing child rights in Viet Nam, yet disparities remain 

Hanoi – The World celebrated the 18th birthday of the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) on Nov 20, 2007. Adopted by the UN General Assembly on 20 November 1989, the Convention has become the most widely ratified human rights agreement in the world. Anyone who turns 18 this year is part of the first generation to go from birth to adulthood protected by the CRC.

Viet Nam was the first country in Asia and the second country in the world to ratify the CRC in 1990. Since its ratification of CRC, Government of Viet Nam has issued and amended a number of laws and policies to implement the CRC in Viet Nam.

Viet Nam has made impressive results in realizing children’s rights since its ratification of the Convention on the Rights of the Child. Infant and child mortality rates have declined substantially. Between 1990 and 2006, the under-five mortality rates fell from 58 to 27 per 1,000 live births. During the same period, the infant mortality rate decreased from 44 to 22 deaths per 1,000 live births. The country’s consistently high immunization coverage eradicated polio in 2000, and maternal and neonatal tetanus in 2005. Children in Viet Nam are also better educated now. Around 95 per cent of eligible children are enrolled in primary school and the Government is committed to expanding educational opportunities for children throughout the system.


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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.

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