Consultations in Viet Nam on the post-2015 development agenda
Ha Noi, 17 January 2013 – The United Nations in Viet Nam has initiated a series of consultations with a broad range of Vietnamese citizens on the new development framework to be put in place in 2015, once the current Millennium Development Goals expire.
8 target groups representing voices of Vietnamese people
As part of this process, the UN is consulting with representatives from eight target groups to seek their views on the world they want. The eight groups include ethnic minorities, the urban and rural poor, people with disabilities, people living with HIV, young people, the elderly and the private sector. UNICEF is leading the consultations with people with disabilities and actively contributing to consultations with young people, along with its sister agencies. In 2012 and early 2013, UNICEF, the UN Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Volunteers and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) have organised workshops and fora with close to 400 children and young people. Among them were street children, children with disabilities, lower-secondary school children, students, teachers and other young professionals who all shared their concerns and hopes for Viet Nam after 2015.
Since the eight Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) were adopted by world leaders in 2000, they have helped to set global and national development priorities. With the MDGs expiring in three years, work has started at global, regional and national levels to define what kind of global development framework should be put in place after 2015. The UN is leading part of this work.
The UN Secretary-General has stressed the need for extensive, inclusive and transparent consultations to ensure that the new development framework is informed by the voices of people from all parts of the world and all sections of society. As part of the global dialogue, the UN is also facilitating national consultations in more than 50 countries, including Viet Nam.
Viet Nam and the MDGs
Viet Nam has been selected given its MDG achievements and recent status as a middle-income country. The consultations will provide Viet Nam with an opportunity to reflect on its own experience with the MDGs and to have a say in defining the new development goals.
“Viet Nam is committed to achieving the MDGs and has paid special attention to developing policies and mobilizing and prioritizing resources for social and human development, especially poverty reduction and narrowing the development gap. With three years left before 2015, Viet Nam has already achieved most of the MDG targets. For example, Viet Nam has halved the poverty rate, promoted gender equality and empowered women, and achieved universal primary education. Viet Nam is also likely to achieve the goal of reducing child mortality and improving maternal health. These achievements have been recognized by the global community. However, although Viet Nam has graduated from a poor developing country to a middle-income country, challenges remain. Viet Nam will continue to focus on overcoming the remaining challenges in order to achieve all the MDGs with equity, as well as sustain its achievements,” said Minister of Planning and Investment Mr. Bui Quang Vinh.
From a wide range of consultations to a final report
The consultations in Viet Nam are taking place from the end of 2012 to early 2013 across the country. The opinions and views gathered will be consolidated and included in a final report by the UN in Viet Nam, which will reflect on the opportunities and challenges for Viet Nam with a post-2015 framework.
“The UN wants to ensure that a diversity of voices are heard in determining the new development goals post-2015. As such, we are asking a wide range of people what kind of world they want. As a country that has done extremely well on the MDGs, listening to the voices of people from Viet Nam is critical. The national consultations are an excellent way to identify how we can best address the new development challenges we are facing, and how to build a world beyond 2015 where all people can enjoy a life of prosperity, equity, freedom and dignity,” said Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam.
The Viet Nam report will be discussed at a national workshop before it is shared with the UN Secretary-General’s advisory High-level Panel in March 2013. The High-level Panel is expected to submit its findings to the UN Secretary-General in the first half of 2013. These findings will inform the Secretary-General’s report to UN Member States at the General Assembly session in September 2013.