UNICEF’s Analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam 2010 calls for reducing disparities for children
Ha Noi, 31 August 2010 – Viet Nam has made tremendous progress for its children in a remarkably short period of time, with unprecedented reduction in under five mortality rates and poverty. Yet there remains an unfinished agenda for children, in particular in terms of hygiene, sanitation, child poverty, nutrition, child protection, and education quality and management.
Segments of the child and adolescent population in Viet Nam continue to live in conditions of deprivation and exclusion, and ethnic minorities are among the poorest in the country, benefitting the least from the country’s economic growth.
These are some of the findings presented today in Ha Noi, as part of the presentation of key findings of the UNICEF report ’An analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam 2010.’
The analysis was carried out between 2008 and 2010 by UNICEF in close collaboration with the Government and represents an important milestone in documenting, analyzing and understanding the situation of children in the country. It is informed by a human rights-based approach and intended to serve as an up-to-date and comprehensive reference for all stakeholders involved in promoting child well being, as well as to support the development and implementation of policies and strategies to further realize the rights of Vietnamese children.
The key findings were presented during an event chaired by Ms.Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Viet Nam Representative and invited commentaries from Mr. John Hendra, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Mr. Dang Nam, Vice Director of the Bureau for the Protection and Care of children under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA); Mr. Ho Quang Minh, Director General, Foreign and Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment; Mme Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, President of the Viet Nam Association for Protection of Child Rights; and Mr. Pham Sinh Huy, Country Director of Save the Children.
“Overall, the analysis paints a very positive picture for children in Viet Nam. The country’s strong economic growth and socio-economic policies have led to major improvements in all areas of children's lives”, said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Viet Nam Representative. “The single most important message of the Situation Analysis relates to the need to reduce disparities in outcomes for children. In particular, ethnic minority children, children with disabilities, children affected by HIV and AIDS all continue to suffer from unequal access to social services, threatening their ability to grow into healthy and productive members of Vietnamese society.”
“I would like to underline the timeliness of this publication, when several policy frameworks are being developed that bear high relevance to children. For MOLISA in particular, the document is welcomed as it contributes to the drafting of the National Programme of Action for Children 2010-2020, the MOLISA five-year sector plan, and the new National Target Programme on Poverty Reduction”, highlighted Mr. Dang Nam, Vice Director of the Bureau for the Protection and Care of children under MOLISA.
“We in the UN believe very strongly in the importance of children to Viet Nam's development; investing in children is not only about realising their rights but also about laying a solid foundation for the socio-economic development of the country”, said John Hendra, UN Resident Coordinator. “Providing a deeper understanding and analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam will help all of us gathered here today to plan for, and implement effective and relevant programmes that ensure the survival, development and protection of all children in Viet Nam.”
Participating in the event were 100-150 participants from the Government, Donors and Embassies, UN Agencies, International NGOs, Civil society, Research institutes and the Media.