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UNICEF’s Analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam 2010 calls for reducing disparities for children

Ha Noi, 31 August 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 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 in the country, benefitting the least from the country’s economic growth.These are some of the findings presented on 31 August in Ha Noi, as part of the presentation of key findings of the UNICEF report ’An analysis of the situation of children in Viet Nam 2010.’

The analysis was carried out between 2008 and 2010 by UNICEF in close collaboration with the Government and represents an important milestone in documenting, analyzing and understanding the situation of children in the country. It is informed by a human rights-based approach and intended to serve as an up-to-date and comprehensive reference for all stakeholders involved in promoting child well being, as well as to support the development and implementation of policies and strategies to further realize the rights of Vietnamese children.

Participating in the event were 100-150 participants from the Government, Donors and Embassies, UN Agencies, International NGOs, Civil society, Research institutes and the Media.

UNICEF Viet Nam Representative, Ms Lotta Sylwander, commenting key findings from the Analysis of the Situation of Children in Viet Nam 2010

UNICEF Viet Nam Chief of Planning and Social Policy, Mrs Geetanjali Narayan, presenting key findings from the Analysis of the Situation of Children in Viet Nam 2010

Panel discussions during the event involved Mr. John Hendra, United Nations Resident Coordinator; Mr. Dang Nam, Vice Director of the Bureau for the Protection and Care of children under the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA); Mr. Ho Quang Minh, Director General, Foreign and Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment; Mme Tran Thi Thanh Thanh, President of the Viet Nam Association for Protection of Child Rights; and Mr. Pham Sinh Huy, Country Director of Save the Children.

“Overall, the analysis paints a very positive picture for children in Viet Nam. The country’s strong economic growth and socio-economic policies have led to major improvements in all areas of children's lives”, said Lotta Sylwander, UNICEF Viet Nam Representative.

“We in the UN believe very strongly in the importance of children to Viet Nam's development; investing in children is not only about realising their rights but also about laying a solid foundation for the socio-economic development of the country”, said John Hendra, UN Resident Coordinator.

Following the event, participants were invited to read messages written by children from all over Viet Nam, expressing their dreams and suggestions for an ideal future and describing a society fit for children.

The opening of an exhibition of Mr. Pham Luc’s paintings followed the event, with focus on children and women in Viet Nam. The exhibition is jointly organised by UNICEF and the painter himself as part of his collaboration with the organisation. 

This is the first exhibition of Pham Luc’s paintings with focus on the theme of “Women and Children of Viet Nam”. A total of 35 oil and lacquer paintings were presented at this exhibition.



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