Children and Sustainable Development Goals

A snapshot: SDGs and Children in Viet Nam

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The children of today will be the driving force of Viet Nam in 2030. Investing in children today lays the foundation for long-term sustainable development. During the UN General Assembly Seventieth Session in September 2015, leaders from 193 countries made a global promise: Over the next 15 years they would strive to make the world a better place. The 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) they agreed on address the main challenges we are facing today, including poverty and inequity, hunger and disease, violence and climate change. While governments hold the primary responsibility for leading the way, concerted efforts by the private sector, in partnership with others, remain crucial to the effort. Never before has it been as urgent for sectors to come together to address these sustainable development challenges with new business models, investments, innovation and technology, underpinned by responsible business operations and public policies.

The SDGs are an ambitious and universal plan of action for people, planet, prosperity, peace and partnership that represent an historic opportunity to advance the rights and well-being of every child1. The 2030 Agenda shines a laser focus on children, and puts a strong emphasis on equity: the development goals are only reached if they are achieved for all children, everywhere. Investments in the early years of life take advantage of crucial phases of brain development and help to ensure that all children can develop to their full potential, and support the growth of a prosperous society.

The well-being of children is an important marker of progress towards the attainment of the SDGs. Since they are not always visible in data and policies, dedicated efforts are required to make sure that no child is left behind in the implementation, monitoring and reporting of the SDG agenda. 

Viet Nam is committed to achieving the SDGs by 2030 evidenced by the National Action Plan on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development approved by the Prime Minister in May 20172. The Government of Viet Nam and UNICEF have worked together to identify SDGs targets and indicators that are most important for children in Viet Nam. These child-focused targets are captured in Viet Nam’s SDGs Action Plan. 

This publication provides a snapshot of the current status of SDGs for children in Viet Nam and expected outcomes. It also highlights key actions to be taken under the leadership and coordination of the Government of Viet Nam.  Appended to the publication is the list of key SDGs child-focused indicators with disaggregated targets. 

Children and Sustainable Development Goals



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