GOVERNMENT OF VIETNAM AND UNICEF SIGN COUNTRY PROGRAMME ACTION PLAN 2006-2010
Hanoi, 14 April 2006 – A five-year Country Programme Action Plan has been signed today between the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Hanoi by Mr. Cao Viet Sinh, Vice Minister of Viet Nam Ministry of Planning and Investment and Mr. Jesper Morch, Representative of UNICEF in Viet Nam. Joining the ceremony were high ranking officers from the Government Office, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Finance and the Commission for Family, Population and Children, and UNICEF Viet Nam.
“This is our eighth country programme of cooperation with the Government of Viet Nam and, as with previous country programmes, has been designed based on a thorough understanding and analysis of the key issues affecting Vietnamese children and women as well as UNICEF’s comparative advantage in supporting the Government o address these issues. This new Country Programme, a programme of continuity and change is all about the protection and fulfilment of the rights of children within the context of national reform processes, the current decentralization process and increased international integration. Against the background of the Social Economic Development Plan, the Poverty Reduction Programmes, UNICEF beliefs that with the Government’s demonstrated strong leadership on children’s issues, Vietnam can and will be a safe, healthy and all inclusive place for children to develop to their fullest potential.” said Jesper Morch, UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam.
The new Country Programme reflects the priority areas identified in the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF), addressing issues of equity with regard to quality of growth and provision of appropriate quality of social and protection services, while also focusing on governance as a means to ensure and support the rights of children. A strong emphasis on child-friendly policies and legislation is part of the key set of priorities for the next five years.
In response to the ongoing decentralization process, the programme commits to support the provincial, district and community authorities to be able to design, manage and monitor social development programmes that will best respond to the needs and rights of children,.
The programme also aims to ensure that issues related to children affected by HIV and AIDS will be the main concern in the national response to the epidemic. Children should no longer be missing on the HIV/AIDS agenda.
In youth programming, a follow-up to the 2005 Survey and Assessment of Vietnam’s Youth (SAVY) will be a top priority in the coming five years, to ensure an ambitious and participatory set of intervention addressing the needs and concerns of young people.
Under the continued close collaboration between the Government of Vietnam, UNICEF and many other partners it is expected that by 2010 (a) national laws and policies for children and women are consistent with international standards and commitments; (b) there will be an increased impact of National Targeted Programmes on vulnerable children, including those from ethnic minority groups; (c) systems of monitoring and oversight for children’s and women’s rights are in place at all levels; (d) provisions are in place for the participation of adolescents and young people in issues overall development issues; (e) there is strengthened sub-national capacity for planning, monitoring and evaluation for the Viet Nam Development Goals and achievement of the Millennium Development Goals; (f) child-friendly models for sub-national socio-economic development plans are available and replicated; and (g) improved disaster-preparedness and response systems are in place that incorporate the special concerns of children in emergency situations.
In signing the Country Programme Action Plan 2006-2010 today, UNICEF Vietnam and the Government of Vietnam pledged their continued commitment to join hands to ensure a Vietnam that will be a country fit for children.
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Caroline den Dulk (Ms), Communication Section, UNICEF Viet Nam