Youth survey on sustainable development goals released

Illustrative image (Source: VNA)   Hanoi (VNA) – The first-ever Youth Surveyon the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) was released during a ceremony inHanoi on February 2. The event was co-hosted by the United Nations DevelopmentProgramme (UNDP), the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI)’s SustainableDevelopment Office and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies.Speakingat the event, UNDP Country Director in Vietnam CaitlinWiesen said the Vietnamese young people play a central role in the achievementof the SDGs and the Agenda 2030, adding that “it is time to shift the notion ofpartnering with young people from engaging youth as beneficiaries to partneringwith youth as agents of change, driving the SDGs and the future they want.” Dao Dinh Tan, Chief of the MoPI’s Sustainable DevelopmentOffice, said sustainable development is incorporated into the 2011-2020socio-economic development strategy and the socio-economic development plan for2016-2020.On May 10, 2017, the PM issued Decision No.622/QDTTCP on thepromulgation of the national action plan on the 2030 Agenda on SustainableDevelopment. Vietnam is in the golden population period with 27.7 percentof its population aged 16-30, making youth become an important force in thefulfillment of the SDGs by 2030, he said. The survey was made to “better understand the concerns, perceptions andinterests of young people and the SDG priorities they see as vital for theirfuture,” Wiesen said.More than 7,000 young people from all 63 provinces respondedto the survey, which offered 18 questions and lasted 37 days, nearly 75 percentof them are female and 65 percent live in urban areas. It is noted thatthree-fourths of the respondents… [Read full story]


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