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Date 03/12/2021-16:05:00 PM
Promoting the implementation of child-related sustainable development goals
(MPI) - The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) organized a workshop on promoting the implementation of child-related sustainable development goals (SDGs) with the participation of representatives of ministries, sectors, national and international organizations and experts on December 3rd, 2021.
Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment Le Viet Anh (R) and Chief of the Department of Social Policy and Governance, UNICEF Vincenzo Vinci (L). Photo: MPI

The workshop was an opportunity for delegates to discuss solutions to promote the implementation of child-related SDGs amid post-COVID-19 recovery and response to climate change. The delegates also shared some research results and created a forum for stakeholders to discuss and propose recommendations to promote the implementation of child-related SDGs.

Vietnam has issued the National Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda on May 2017, with the MPI assigned as the national focal point for the SDG implementation by 2030.

Le Viet Anh, Director General of the Department of Science, Education, Natural Resources and Environment at the opening said that in order to enhance the planning capacity and monitor factors on children's rights, the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) had supported the MPI in deploying the Project of “Supporting the implementation of children’s rights by integrating them into the socio-economic development plan” with the goals to support the implementation of the 2030 Agenda andfocus on child-related SDGs indicators.

The most important goal is to ensure all conditions for children's comprehensive development for the future of the country. With that in mind, the Vietnamese Party, State, Government and the whole people always make constant efforts to develop, perfect and enforce policies and laws to best support the conditions for children to enjoy a complete and comprehensive growth environment. Many indicators of Vietnam's general education are highly appreciated in the region.

However, the care, protection and investment for future generations of the country are also facing certain challenges, including the impact of climate change, environmental pollution and the unprecedented hardship of the COVID-19 pandemic. There has been a lot of evidence proving the impacts of climate change and environmental pollution on children. The quality and availability of clean water, food security and health are also affected by environmental degradation, including air and water pollution and biodiversity loss - along with the impacts of climate change.

According to the UN's 2021 Global SDGs Progress Assessment Report, school closures due to the Covid-19 pandemic have led to severe consequences for children’s learning and happiness. These are the difficulties and challenges that the world in general, and Vietnam in particular are confronting in the process of child safeguarding, nurturing and helping them growth comprehensively in the coming period.

Vincenzo Vinci, Chief of the Department of Social Policy and Governance, UNICEF spoke highly of Vietnam's efforts in implementing the Sustainable Development Agenda, and put emphasis on the welfare, benefits and such values of implementing the child-related SDGs. He believed investing immensely in children would not only create the best conditions for development as well as social benefits, but also reduce poverty rate for the entire population, aiming towards the goal of leaving no one behind.

Regarding child-related priorities for the 2021-2025 period, according to Nguyen Thi Nga, Deputy Director of the Department of Children, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, the Document of the 13th National Party Congress has set out a number of issues. These include fully implementing children’s rights, creating a healthy and favorable environment for children to comprehensively develop on physical, intellectual, mental, moral and social relations aspects; attending to the care, education and comprehensive development and ensuring the rights for children; enabling best conditions and attention to children - the future of the nation; Improving formulation quality and effectively executing policies on nutrition, protection, health care and stature improvement for the Vietnamese; and improving service quality of health care services in general and those for mothers and children.

Guidelines and policies are promulgated to ensure the implementation of children's rights, help children develop comprehensively, and to meet the needs of building quality human resources for socio-economic development and international integration; to create a safe, healthy and friendly environment, contributing to the accomplishment of the goals of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Photo: MPI

In addition to introducing some research results on the progress of implementing child-related SDGs, representatives of ministries, sectors, agencies and organizations also presented priorities and orientations for the legal framework for children in the 2021-2025 period; issues on climate change and children and some child-related interventions in the community; analysis and assessment of the impacts of climate change on children as well as the benefits brought to children through green growth; progress of implementing child-related SDGs; priorities related to children in the 2021-2025 period amid the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic; proposals to improve the legal framework related to children in the 2021-2025 period to promote the implementation of children's rights under the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic. Thereby, essential suggestions are provided for discussing and sharing views, solutions and recommendations to promote the implementation of child-related SDGs in the coming time, especially when we are suffering from the impacts of climate change and the COVID-19 pandemic./.

Bao Linh
Ministry of Planning and Investment

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