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|UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam Lotta Sylwander comments on key findings from new report 'Analysis of the Situation of Children in Viet Nam 2010.'|
HA NOI, Viet Nam, 3 September 2010 – According to key findings presented in a UNICEF report entitled ‘An Analysis of the Situation of Children in Viet Nam 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 the country, 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 communities in the country, benefitting the least from the country’s economic growth.
The analysis was carried out by UNICEF between 2008 and 2010, in close collaboration with the government. It represents an important milestone in documenting, analyzing and understanding the situation of children in Viet Nam.
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The study was informed by a human rights-based approach and is intended to serve as an up-to-date, comprehensive reference for all stakeholders involved in promoting child well being, as well as support the development and implementation of policies and strategies to further realize the rights of Vietnamese children.
The report’s key findings were presented during an event chaired by UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam Lotta Sylwander. The event also welcomed commentary from United Nations Resident Coordinator John Hendra; Dang Nam, Vice Director of the government’s Bureau for the Protection and Care of Children under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA); Ho Quang Minh, Director General of the Viet Nam Foreign and Economic Relations Department; Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, President of the Viet Nam Association for Protection of Child Rights; and Pham Sinh Huy, Country Director of Save the Children.
“Overall, the analysis paints a very positive picture for children in Viet Nam,” said Ms. Sylwander. “The country’s strong economic growth and socio-economic policies have led to major improvements in all areas of children's lives.
“The single most important message of the Situation Analysis relates to the need to reduce disparities in outcomes for children,” she added, noting that children from ethnic minority communities, children with disabilities and children affected by HIV and AIDS, in particular, suffer from unequal access to social services. Those inequities threaten “their ability to grow into healthy and productive members of Vietnamese society,” she said.
Laying a ‘solid foundation’
“I would like to underline the timeliness of this publication, when several policy frameworks are being developed that bear high relevance to children,” said Mr. Dang Nam. “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.”
“We in the UN believe very strongly in the importance of children to Viet Nam's development,” said Mr. Hendra. “Investing in children is not only about realizing their rights, but also about laying a solid foundation for the socio-economic development of the country.”
Participating in the event were 100-150 participants from the Viet Nam Government, donors and embassies, UN agencies, international non-governmental organizations, civil society, research institutes and the media.