UNICEF VIET NAM WELCOMES THE GOVERNMENT'S INITIATIVE TO INTEGRATE CHILDREN’S ISSUES INTO VIET NAM’S SOCIO-ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT PLAN (SEDP) FOR THE PERIOD 2006-2010
Hanoi, 1 November 2005 – A high-level consultation has been convened today by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), in collaboration with National Commission for Population, Family and Children and UNICEF Vietnam to discuss and exchange international experiences on how to best integrate the concerns of children and families into the Five-Year Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2006-2010.
Speaking at the Consultation, Mr. Jesper Morch, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam welcomed this Government’s initiative to strengthen children issues in the SEDP 2006-2010. “Viet Nam was the first country in Asia and the second country in the world to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child. This Conference as well as the parallel work of the State of Viet Nam on improving its approach to children in the next five year plan are outstanding examples of the remarkable commitment of Viet Nam toward the fulfilment of children’s rights”, he said.
UNICEF Viet Nam has provided detailed comments to the June draft of the SEDP which highlighted three aspects that the SEDP should put stronger emphasis on:
2. As child protection problems are increasing and many previously unknown problems with violence against children and exploitation emerge, there is an urgent need to review and expand child protection policies and systems in Viet Nam. This needs a concerted effort of the whole nation and of many Government agencies which should be clearly reflected in the next draft of the SEDP.
3. Given the demographic composition of the population as well as the stresses that adolescents and young people are facing during the reform process, specific policies and programmes for adolescents are necessary in areas as well as a Governmental mechanisms to coordinate line agencies and mass organizations in this area.
For further information, please contact:
Trịnh Anh Tuan (Mr), Communication Section, UNICEF Viet Nam +844 942 5706, ext 234
Nguyen Thi Van Anh (Ms), Planning Section, UNICEF Viet Nam +844 942 5706, ext 308