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Dissemination workshop on Cleaner Production and Design for Sustainability

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workshop joint programmeOn 23 January 2013 UNIDO, in collaboration with Viet Nam Cleaner Production Center, organized a Dissemination Workshop on Cleaner Production and Design for Sustainability in the Vietnamese crafts’ sectors. The workshop was part of the joint programme on green production and trade to increase income and employment opportunities for the rural poor. It develops better integrated, pro-poor green value chains and combines the comparative expertise of five UN agencies. The workshop highlighted the programme's technology and equipment support for companies and producers' groups towards higher productivity and introduction of cleaner production practices.


Limited access to credit tough challenge for cooperatives’ growth

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workshop joint programme2Difficulties in credit access
Across the five value chains supported in the joint programme on green production and trade to increase income and employment opportunities for the rural poor, households and cooperatives are often confronted with the need to borrow money to meet the needs for buying raw materials, equipment, meet production orders or to manage price fluctuations. However, households and producer groups often face difficulties to access loans from the banks and in some cases, they have to borrow from locals money lenders against interest rates as high as 10 percent/month.


Empowering Viet Nam’s women and rural poor

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sericultureLike many Vietnamese farmers, Lang Thi Kieu, a widow who lives with her two sons and daughter-in-law, struggles to make ends meet. Farming doesn’t produce enough to support her family, so she supplements her income with weaving - but the silk she needs to make her crafts is expensive.

Now Mrs. Kieu is raising her own silkworms as part of the UN Joint Programme “Green production and trade to increase income and employment opportunities for the rural poor”. This UN Joint Programme targets about 4,800 farming and craft-producing households in four northern provinces of Viet Nam, including 1,400 beneficiaries from disadvantaged ethnic minority groups.


Vietnamese businesswoman selected as a finalist for the global ‘Women in Business’ Award

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thu PCG joint tradeMs. Nguyen Thi Thu, a self-made businesswoman from Hoa Binh province, was proud to be selected as one of the ten finalists of UNCTAD’s global Empretec Women in Business Award. She travelled to Doha, Qatar, to take part in the award ceremony in April 2012.

There is ample evidence that enhanced opportunities for women lead to improvements in poverty reduction and to accelerated economic growth.

The Empretec Women in Business Award is presented to women who have excelled in developing innovative business ideas, providing jobs and increasing income in their communities. The prize honours businesswomen from developing countries who have founded successful firms, created jobs, and become role models in their communities. Many of the award finalists tell compelling stories of overcoming social and cultural obstacles to their business careers, as well as surmounting financial challenges.


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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.