Vietnam presents Voluntary National Review on fulfillment of SDGs

Tuesday, 2018-07-17 18:09:37
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NDO/VNA – Vietnam’s progress in implementing 17 sustainable development goals (SDGs) was featured in the Voluntary National Review (VNR) delivered to the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) on Sustainable Development of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in New York on July 16.

The Vietnamese delegation attending the event is led by Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong.

While speaking at the forum, Deputy Minister Phuong said Vietnam’s perspective on sustainable development is incorporated into socio-economic development strategies and plans and specified in the national action plan to implement the 2030 Agenda. The most outstanding achievements are the gross domestic product growth of 6.7% in 2015, 6.2% in 2016 and 6.8% in 2017, while the rate of multidimensional poverty was cut to below 7% in 2017 from 9.9% in 2015.

In 2016, the rate of households accessing clean water and electricity reached 93.4% and 99%, respectively.

In 2017, health insurance coverage hit 86.4%, while 54.2% of the population had internet subscriptions and forest coverage reached 41.5 %.

Vietnam has made great strides in improving gender equality in all aspects from politics to economics, society and culture, and in facilitating public access to information and law, with a focus on the poor, the disabled and ethnic minorities.

According to the deputy minister, Vietnam has issued a Plan of Action detailing the responsibilities of parties concerned from the central to grassroots level, such as the National Assembly, Government, ministries and agencies, social organisations, business circle and residential communities.

On the path to global integration, Vietnam has stepped up global and public-private partnerships to ensure the necessary resources for sustainable development, he said.

The country has also met challenges regarding the environment, climate change response, financial resources, connectivity among sectors and statistics capacity.

In the near future, Vietnam will work to promote sustainable economic growth in tandem with social progress and fairness, ecological environment protection, effective use and management of natural resources and climate change response, Deputy Minister Phuong said.

Participants at the event hailed Vietnam’s efforts, achievements and commitments to sustainable development and asked for further experience sharing on incorporating SDGs into national socio-economic development plans and strategies.

Themed “Transformation towards sustainable and resilient societies”, the HLPF is being held from July 9-18, 2018 with the participation of more than 2,500 delegates from 193 UN member states, international and non-governmental organisations.

The forum’s first meeting was held in 2013 following the Rio+22 Conference on Sustainable Development, replacing the UN Commission on Sustainable Development, which had met annually since 1993.

This year’s forum aims to review the fulfillment of six out of 17 SDGs and VNR by 47 countries. As part of the inter-governmental review of the fulfillment of SDGs, the VNR is presented each year at the HLPF, starting from 2016. UN member countries are required to conduct a VNR at least twice between now and 2030.