Intergrating population into socio-economic planning

Population and development are closely related. Integrating population variables into development planning will help utilize population strengths to achieve sustainable development. Such development must also respond to population changes to meet the needs of current and future population groups, promote social equity and alleviate poverty through sustainable economic growth in the context of sustainable development. 

Viet Nam became a lower middle-income country in 2010 and has continued to maintain impressive growth rates over the past few years. Therefore Viet Nam is expected to achieve all MDGs by 2015. However there remain significant gaps in the level of MDGs achieved between rural and urban areas, geographical regions and population groups. This requires further efforts to ensure all policy-makers fully understand the importance of integrating population factors in development planning and making it an integral part of policy-making and planning at national and local levels.

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Statistical Training in Universities: Opportunities, challenges and the way forward

Over the past years, Viet Nam's statistics has been improved to ensure providing statistics data and information to the Government, ministries and data users. In the context that Viet Nam is integrating into the changing and dynamic world, the need to use reliable statistical data as evidence in planning, monitoring and evaluation of development policies at both micro and macro levels is on the rise. Experiences shared by international experts and inputs from the national experts from various universities in Viet Nam during

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the workshop organized in Ha Noi in November 2013 created a unique opportunity for Viet Nam to review the current status of statistics training in its universities, identify opportunities and challenges as well as provide recommendations to further strengthen the country's human resource in this important field. This video was produced by UNFPA in Viet Nam in December 2013.

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Population Ageing in Viet Nam: Opportunities, challenges and the way forward

The world is growing old fast. In the next 10 years, the number of people over 60 years of age will surpass one billion. Population ageing presents societies with great opportunities but also huge challenges. Viet Nam's population is among the fastest ageing countries in Asia. In 2012, the proportion of older persons in the total population is 10.2 per cent. 

UNFPA in Viet Nam in collaboration with the Ministry of Health organized a national workshop in September 2013 to share international experiences on policy and action responses to population ageing. This video was produced by UNFPA in Viet Nam in December 2013 to share international and national experiences and recommendations for Viet Nam to address the issue.

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International Youth Day: VTC10 Interview with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam

HA NOI, 12 August 2013 – Today marks the International Youth Day, and this year the focus is on the issue of youth migration. Young people, aged 10-29 years old, make up approximately 38 per cent of the total population of Viet Nam, recording the highest proportion of young people ever in the country's history. This provides a unique and one-off economic opportunity for Viet Nam’s development, but also creates enormous challenges for the country. If Viet Nam wants to reap the full benefits of this demographic window of opportunity, investing in the education and health, including the sexual and reproductive health, of adolescents and young people is paramount.

VTC10-NetViet reporter had an interview with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam on the occasion of International Youth Day. Mr. Erken shares his opinion about the situation of young migrants in accessing to sexual and reproductive health information and services in Viet Nam.

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World Population Day: Interview of the UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam with VTC10

HA NOI, 11 July 2013 – In the past decade, although Viet Nam has made impressive progress on reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health and family planning services, more than a third of young Vietnamese still lack access to the contraception they need. As a result, the rates of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions are still high amongst young girls, especially those who are unmarried.

VTC10-NetViet reporter had a talk with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam on the occasion of World Population Day. This year's theme was adolescent pregnancy. Mr. Erken shares his opinion about the situation in Viet Nam as well as in other countries.

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VTC10-NetViet reporter had a talk with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam on the occasion of World Population Day. This year's theme was adolescent pregnancy. Mr. Erken shares his opinion about the situation in Viet Nam as well as in other countries.

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VTC10-NetViet reporter had a talk with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam on the occasion of World Population Day. This year's theme was adolescent pregnancy. Mr. Erken shares his opinion about the situation in Viet Nam as well as in other countries.

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HA NOI, 11 July 2013 – In the past decade, although Viet Nam has made impressive progress on reducing maternal mortality and increasing access to reproductive health and family planning services, more than a third of young Vietnamese still lack access to the contraception they need. As a result, the rates of unwanted pregnancies and unsafe abortions are still high amongst young girls, especially those who are unmarried.

VTC10-NetViet reporter had a talk with Mr. Arthur Erken, UNFPA representative in Viet Nam on the occasion of World Population Day. This year's theme was adolescent pregnancy. Mr. Erken shares his opinion about the situation in Viet Nam as well as in other countries.

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Voices from Vietnamese young people on Adolescent Pregnancy

Viet Nam has entered a demographic bonus period, with the highest proportion of young people ever recorded in the country. Today, young people aged 14 to 25 account for one-third of Viet Nam's total population. However, one-third of young people still face challenges in accessing sexual and reproductive health information and services. The unmet need for contraceptives among unmarried young people is around 35%, while this rate is only 10% for married people.

This video, developed by the UNFPA in Viet Nam in July 2013 is a call from Vietnamese youth for more greater efforts in ensuring comprehensive sexuality education and access to quality sexual and reproductive health information and services.

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Fertility Trends in Viet Nam

 In recent years, Viet Nam’s fertility trend has consistently declined from 2.1 in 2005 to 2.03 in 2009, 2.0 in 2010 and 1.99 children per woman in 2011. Many Asian countries where fertility has fallen below the replacement level, such as Japan, South Korea, Singapore and Thailand are challenged by future shortages of labour and productivity, which potentially impact on the quality of life for the ageing generations. video thanh

 This video collects opinions of different socio-economic population groups on their reproductive decisions regarding socio-economic factors affected their decision could help  policy makers better understanding on fertility trend in Viet Nam in the coming years. This video also calls for further efforts on ensuring universal access to comprehensive and high quality sexual and reproductive health services including family planning, particularly in remote areas, and among ethnic minorities for better quality of life and poverty reduction.

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Delivering for ethnic minority women in the mountains of Viet Nam

This is a story of Ka Gia Thi Lan, a trained ethnic minority midwife in Ninh Thuan province. She was sent to attend a training course for ethnic minority midwives at Tu Du hospital, Ho Chi Minh city in 2006 for six months. After returning home, Lan tried to provide support to pregnant women and small children in the village. She also provided check-ups in the farm where the pregnant women worked, as many did not want to go the commune health care center. Through these visits, she diagnosed many problems and saved many lives. Lan is among more than 1,000 of trained village-based midwives in remote and mountainous areas in Viet Nam. They play very important roles in saving the lives of women and children, thus contributing to the country's sustainable development.

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Voices from the community on Sex Ratio at Birth imbalance

This 5 minute video was recorded in Hai Duong province, one of provinces with highest value of sex ratio at birth imbalance (121.3 boys per 100 girls in 2011).  The video showed the community people’s views and opinions on why they prefer sons, pressure for having a son as well as their recommendations on what the Government should do to address this issue in Viet Nam.  The video was produced by UNFPA in Viet Nam in October 2012.

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New hope for gender based violence survivors in Viet Nam

This is a ten-minute video titled "New hope for gender based violence survivors in Viet Nam" produced in November 2011 by UNFPA in Viet Nam. In Viet Nam, UNFPA in collaboration with other UN agencies puts every effort into breaking the silence and ensuring that the voices of women are heard. One strategy is to engage men - policy makers, parents and young boys in discourse about the dynamics and consequences of violence.VoDVD

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Support from the Government of Luxembourg and UNFPA in Viet Nam to the Viet Nam Family Planning Association

From October 2007 to May 2012, a project on "Strengthening the accessibility and quality of reproductive health care with focus on safe motherhood, adolescent reproductive health and reproductive rights" was implemented in the four provinces of Quang Ninh, Hue, Nghe An and Can Tho by the Viet Nam Family Planning Association (VINAFPA), with technical assistance from UNFPA and financial support provided by the Government of Luxembourg. The project aimed to help Vietnamese people, youth and adolescents in the project sites acquire the skills necessary to develop and sustain healthy and happy lives, particularly in areas with unmet needs for sexual and reproductive health, including family planning.VN Family unfpa video

This 13-minute video highlights key achievements of the project, as well as details how to sustain these achievements and further apply them in other provinces, so that more vulnerable women, men and young people and adolescents, whether from urban or rural areas, or from majority or minority ethnic groups, will have access to comprehensive sexual and reproductive health care services.

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Joint programme on gender equality 2009 - 2012

In March 2009, a Joint Programme on Gender Equality (JPGE) was signed between the government of Viet Nam and the UN in Viet Nam with the funding from the Spanish Government through the MDG-F. The JPGE aims to improve the capacity of national and provincial authorities, institutions and other duty bearers to effectively implement, monitor, evaluate and report on the Law on Gender Equality and the Law on Domestic Violence Prevention and Control.UNONE-666

This 7 minute video highlighted key achievements of the JPGE over the past three years as well as the Government’s commitment in ensuring sustainability of this joint initiative in promoting gender equality and women’s empowerment in Viet Nam.

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