Viet Nam has made tremendous progress for its 26 million children in a remarkably short time. Rapid economic success and human development in just over two decades are also reflected in indicators of children’s well-being. Most children attend primary and secondary school, have access to adequate health care and can expect to live longer than their parents.
The country, as the first in Asia and the second globally to ratify the Convention on the Rights of the Child in 1990, has continued to demonstrate visible and forward-looking leadership in working to ensure every child is healthy, safe, educated and empowered to reach their full potential.
Today, many children in Viet Nam enjoy a quality of life never imagined by previous generations. Yet, segments of the country’s child and adolescent population have been left behind by this dynamic socio-economic development and continue to live in conditions of deprivation and exclusion.