National Strategy on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045

22 December 2021
National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045:
UNICEF Viet Nam
National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045: To ensure that over 62 million rural people have the right to access safely managed water supply and sanitation services, the National Strategy on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030 with a vision to 2045 was launched on December 22nd in Hanoi by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam.

National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045: To ensure that over 62 million rural people have the right to access safely managed water supply and sanitation services, the National Strategy on Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030 with a vision to 2045 was launched on December 22nd in Hanoi by the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development (MARD) and the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Viet Nam.

Although Vietnam has made significant gains in improved water and sanitation access, there are still many challenges. As per MARD’s report, only 51 percent of rural households have access to clean water that meets the Ministry of Health’s water quality standard QCVN 01:2009/BYT and 75% of rural households have hygienic latrines.

The 2020 survey measuring the Sustainable Development Goals indicators on children and women conducted by the General Statistics Office with support from UNICEF, shows substantial gaps in safely managed water and sanitation, particularly in the quality of drinking water. 44 percent of household members whose water source was tested had E. coli contamination. It rings bells regarding safely managed sanitation in general, which is one of the left-behind challenges in Viet Nam. The lack of clean water and improved sanitation is a significant contributing factor to the finding that one-fifth of children under the age of five in Viet Nam suffer from stunted growth, while among ethnic children this level is nearly double (32 percent). 

To reduce impacts of unsafe water and sanitation in rural population, the National Strategy has set new goals by 2045: 100 percent of rural people have access to safe and sustainable clean water and sanitation; 50 percent of rural residential areas have domestic wastewater collection systems; 30 percent of domestic wastewater is treated; 100 percent of livestock households and farms are treated with livestock waste.

The National Strategy plays an important role in guiding Vietnam towards achieving its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 and other national aspirations on rural water and sanitation by 2045. Water, sanitation, and hygiene (WASH) are core elements of a smart human capital development agenda – driving a country’s current and future productivity and growth. Ensuring that every child achieves their full potential to become the productive adults that are so needed for economic growth, to support an aging population of the future.

Hanoi, 22 December 2021Launching the National Strategy

The launch was co-chaired by Vice Minister Nguyen Hoang Hiep and Ms. Rana Flowers – Representative of UNICEF in Vietnam. There were 60 participants in person in Ha Noi and more than 120 participating virtually, including representatives from line ministries, development agencies, institutions, private sectors, and 59 provinces of Vietnam.

“The National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030 and vision to 2045 is a critical policy instrument that guides action to improve water and sanitation, importantly it ensures along that journey that the lives of millions of people in Vietnam are improved”, said Ms. Rana Flowers, UN Resident Coordinator a.i. and UNICEF Representative in Viet Nam. “At this important launch, I would like to recommend 3 components of focus for implementation of the Strategy. First, sufficient and smart investments need to be allocated to optimize funds and reach all people in need. Second, firm commitment and strong political will to leave no one behind. Third, multiple approaches and cross-sectoral involvement are important so water and sanitation can be streamlined in national and provincial socio-economic development plans and various sectoral plans.”

 

National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045:
UNICEF Viet Nam

Representatives of international organizations (Embassy of Netherland in Vietnam, Unilever Viet Nam, East Meets West Foundation, etc.) committed to accompany and support the government of Viet Nam to implement this strategy effectively to reach the hardest, reduce the pandemic impacts and build up climate resilience.

After listening to representatives of international partners, provincial leaders, central ministries, and the Viet Nam Bank for Social Policy, Mr. Nguyen Hoang Hiep, Vice Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development concluded “To implement the Strategy, we need to undertake important groups of solutions. First, communication should be carried out to raise awareness for local communities as well as government officials at all levels based on the consciousness of changing lives. Second, government agencies and provincial governments need to improve their institutions, review legal documents and policies to enable socialization with private investment in water and sanitation. Third, it is necessary to find out effective management models to deliver water and sanitation services in rural areas, especially in difficult remote areas. Finally, the government of Viet Nam appreciates international partnership and collaboration to transfer innovative technologies, such as climate-resilient solutions.”

National Strategy in Rural Water Supply and Sanitation by 2030, with a vision to 2045:
UNICEF Viet Nam

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