ECOSOC adopts statement on poverty alleviation

NDO/ VNA –The Government of Vietnam issued a National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in May this year, which demonstrates Vietnam's determination and responsibility for achieving the global SDGs, a Vietnamese official said. Addressing the High-Level Segment of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN ECOSOC 2017 in New York on July 17, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the country has also reviewed 232 indicators established by the Statistical Commission to assess their feasibility in the global monitoring and evaluation framework. The results show that 129 indicators are feasible to the country. “We are making all efforts in order to issue our own statistic indicators in 2018,” the deputy minister said, adding that Vietnam is now also developing a voluntary national report for the review at HLPF 2018. The official stressed that Vietnam always considers sustainable development as a common goal in the country's development strategy, and remains committed to successfully implementing the SDGs. According to him, Vietnam’s achievements in socio – economic development after more than three decades of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, including the fruitful implementation of many MDGs, created a solid foundation for realising SDGs. However, he added that the implementation of SDGs in the country faces significant challenges, including a lack of financial resources due to significantly decreased ODA and limited monitoring and evaluating capacity, especially statistical data. Therefore, in addition to national endeavours, Vietnam needs international support, in both…... [read more]

NDO/ VNA –The Government of Vietnam issued a National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in May this year, which demonstrates Vietnam's determination and responsibility for achieving the global SDGs, a Vietnamese official said. Addressing the High-Level Segment of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN ECOSOC 2017 in New York on July 17, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the country has also reviewed 232 indicators established by the Statistical Commission to assess their feasibility in the global monitoring and evaluation framework. The results show that 129 indicators are feasible to the country. “We are making all efforts in order to issue our own statistic indicators in 2018,” the deputy minister said, adding that Vietnam is now also developing a voluntary national report for the review at HLPF 2018. The official stressed that Vietnam always considers sustainable development as a common goal in the country's development strategy, and remains committed to successfully implementing the SDGs. According to him, Vietnam’s achievements in socio – economic development after more than three decades of the Doi Moi (Renewal) process, including the fruitful implementation of many MDGs, created a solid foundation for realising SDGs. However, he added that the implementation of SDGs in the country faces significant challenges, including a lack of financial resources due to significantly decreased ODA and limited monitoring and evaluating capacity, especially statistical data. Therefore, in addition to national endeavours, Vietnam needs international support, in both…... [read more]

New York, July 19 (VNA) –The Government of Vietnam issued a National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in May this year, which demonstrates Vietnam's determination and responsibility for achieving the global SDGs, a Vietnamese official said.  Addressing the High-Level Segment of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN ECOSOC 2017 in New York on July 17, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the country has also reviewed 232 indicators established by the Statistical Commission to assess their feasibility in the global monitoring and evaluation framework. The results show that 129 indicators are feasible to the country.  “We are sparing no efforts in order to issue our own statistic indicators in 2018,” the deputy minister said, adding that Vietnam is now also developing a voluntary national report for the review at HLPF 2018.  The official stressed that Vietnam always considers sustainable development as a common goal in the country's development strategy, and remains committed to successfully implement the SDGs.  According to him, Vietnam’s achievements in socio – economic development after more than three decades of Doi Moi, including the fruitful implementation of many MDGs, created a solid foundation for realising SDGs.  He added that however, the implementation of SDGs in the country faces significant challenges, including the lack of financial resources due to significantly decreased ODA and limited monitoring and evaluating capacity, especially statistical data.  Therefore, in addition to national endeavours, Vietnam needs international…... [read more]

Addressing the High Level Segment of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN ECOSOC 2017 in New York on July 17, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the country has also reviewed 232 indicators established by the Statistical Commission to assess their feasibility in the global monitoring and evaluation framework. The results show that 129 indicators are feasible to the country.  Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong  “We are sparing no efforts in order to issue our own statistic indicators in 2018,” the deputy minister said, adding that Vietnam is now also developing a voluntary national report for the review at HLPF 2018.  The official stressed that Vietnam always considers sustainable development as a common goal in the country's development strategy, and remains committed to successfully implement the SDGs.  According to him, Vietnam’s achievements in socio – economic development after more than three decades of Doi Moi, including the fruitful implementation of many MDGs, created solid foundation for realizing SDGs.  He added that however, the implementation of SDGs in the country faces significant challenges, including the lack of financial resources due to significantly decreased ODA and limited monitoring and evaluating capacity, especially statistical data.  Therefore, in addition to national endeavors, Vietnam needs international support, in both financial and non-financial terms, in such areas as employment, health, education, economic development, environment and reduction of inequality in income and living conditions, Phuong said.  At global level, Vietnam believes…... [read more]

Vietnam's delegation at the event (Photo: VNA)     New York (VNA) - Vietnam has pledged efforts to promote the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in poverty reduction and sustainable development, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong. He made the statement at an international seminar jointly held on July 17 in New York by Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Italy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).   The event was oraganised on the sidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment. Vietnam will invest 11 trillion VND (484 million USD) from the Public-Utility Telecommunication Service Fund by 2020 to ensure that internet and other telecommunication services are accessible to all schools, hospitals, communes, poor and near-poor households, highlighted Phuong, who is also head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ECOSOC high-level segment. He shared Vietnam’s challenges in the field, including capacity of local authorities, application skills of people, and data base. Phuong added that the full involvement of the State, local people, businesses and foreign partners will speed up the country’s ICT application in poverty alleviation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation. At the event, international representatives said that ICT is a key tool to implement SDGs, contributing to generating jobs, eradicating poverty and ensuring social welfare. Specific experiences in ICT application were shared, including simplifying administrative procedures on land for farmers, building up the poor’s healthcare record,…... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Vietnam has pledged efforts to promote the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in poverty reduction and sustainable development, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong. He made the statement at an international seminar jointly held on July 17 in New York by Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Italy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event was oraganised on the sidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment. Vietnam will invest VND11 trillion (US$484 million) from the Public-Utility Telecommunication Service Fund by 2020 to ensure that internet and other telecommunication services are accessible to all schools, hospitals, communes, poor and near-poor households, highlighted Phuong, who is also head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ECOSOC high-level segment. He shared Vietnam’s challenges in the field, including capacity of local authorities, application skills of people, and data base. Phuong added that the full involvement of the State, local people, businesses and foreign partners will speed up the country’s ICT application in poverty alleviation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation. At the event, international representatives said that ICT is a key tool to implement SDGs, contributing to generating jobs, eradicating poverty and ensuring social welfare. Specific experiences in ICT application were shared, including simplifying administrative procedures on land for farmers, building up the poor’s healthcare record, promoting education and vocational training and providing online financial services for production households and vulnerable groups. …... [read more]

NDO/VNA - Vietnam has pledged efforts to promote the application of information and communication technology (ICT) in poverty reduction and sustainable development, said Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong. He made the statement at an international seminar jointly held on July 17 in New York by Vietnam, Bangladesh, Zimbabwe, Italy, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The event was oraganised on the sidelines of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) high-level segment. Vietnam will invest VND11 trillion (US$484 million) from the Public-Utility Telecommunication Service Fund by 2020 to ensure that internet and other telecommunication services are accessible to all schools, hospitals, communes, poor and near-poor households, highlighted Phuong, who is also head of the Vietnamese delegation to the ECOSOC high-level segment. He shared Vietnam’s challenges in the field, including capacity of local authorities, application skills of people, and data base. Phuong added that the full involvement of the State, local people, businesses and foreign partners will speed up the country’s ICT application in poverty alleviation and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) implementation. At the event, international representatives said that ICT is a key tool to implement SDGs, contributing to generating jobs, eradicating poverty and ensuring social welfare. Specific experiences in ICT application were shared, including simplifying administrative procedures on land for farmers, building up the poor’s healthcare record, promoting education and vocational training and providing online financial services for production households and vulnerable groups. …... [read more]

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the business and investment environment improved in the first six months of 2017 with the expansion of the gross domestic product (GDP) growth, stable macro-economy and curbed inflation. Some restrictions such as high public debts, ineffective operation of State-run companies, and unsustainable growth of private businesses should be addressed, he said. According to economists from the Academy of Policy and Development under the Ministry of Planning and Investment, financial and monetary policies are on the right track but they fail to catch up with reality. Therefore, relevant agencies need to improve the management efficiency, especially the responsibilities of individuals and leaders, participants said. They evaluated that the exchange rate controlling policy of the State Bank of Vietnam is suitable with the economic reality, noting that if the exchange rate is not controlled, it will pose negative impacts on the economic growth. Experts suggested curbing the exchange rate amplitude between 2-3% to stabilise the monetary market. According to Can Van Luc, a financial and monetary expert, the Federal Reserve (Fed) is likely to increase interest rates once more time in 2017 and twice in 2018.  The pursuant of high economic growth target in the short run at home and the lack of sustainable growth momentums will pose a lot of risks to the macro-economy and the financial-banking system in the long term. He recommended taking measures to expand money supply and credit…... [read more]

The Ministry of Planning and Investment held a conference on July 7 to roll out the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Plan. The conference on the National Action Plan to reach Vietnam's national SDGs "The National Action Plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development was signed by the prime minister in May 2017. This is the legal foundation for Vietnam to realise its international commitments and contribute to global sustainable development," said Nguyen The Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment. The Action Plan includes 17 SDGs with 115 targets covering all three dimensions of sustainability-socio-economics, and environment and will prove a challenge. Key tasks will be implemented during two periods, 2017-2020 and 2021-2030. Addressing the event, Kamal Malhotra, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, said that the message of "leaving no one behind"—the focus in the action plan cannot be achieved without collective action from the government, development partners, political-social organisations, and other stakeholders. Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasised that ensuring sustainable development is the task of the government, ministries, businesses, and the people alike. The implementation requires responsibilities assigned to each ministry, agencies, and close cooperation among ministries, between the government and the people, and between Vietnam and other countries and international organisations. "The government will mobilise all resources and prioritise the implementation of social-economic tasks towards sustainable development. Vietnam…... [read more]

The US$29.5 million project, approved by the GCF in 2016, has been developed as a partnership between the UNDP, the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the Ministry of Construction, the MPI and coastal provinces. It will focus on supporting communities vulnerable to natural disasters to protect themselves from the impacts of frequent typhoons and floods and improve their livelihoods. Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said that Vietnam has an urgent need for investment to mitigate climate change impacts, reduce risks and develop the low-carbon economy. This project is the first step in the long-term strategic partnership between Vietnam and the GCF, he stated, adding that the country also wants to contribute to the fund and share its experience with other GCF-supported countries. Kamal Malhotra, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Vietnam, said that UNDP is working with the Vietnamese Government on initiatives to strengthen the resilience to extreme climate phenomena for poor people in rural areas, many of whom are women and ethnic minorities. Vietnam is one of the 30 countries rated as at “extreme risk” of climate change by Maplecroft, a global risk and strategic consulting firm based in the UK, in its Climate Change Vulnerability Index within the next 30 years via 42 socio-economic and environmental factors. During 1992-2012, natural disasters claimed the lives of 457 people, destroying over 96,000 houses, and caused losses equivalent to 1.3% of GDP each…... [read more]




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