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Conference held on implementation of SDG action plan

Released at: 17:42, 07/07/2017

Conference held on implementation of SDG action plan

Photo: Quang Huy

"Conference on Rolling out the Implementation of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Plan" held in Hanoi on July 7.

by Quang Huy

In cooperation with the Macroeconomic Reforms / Green Growth Programme of the Vietnam - German Cooperation and the United Nations (UN) in Vietnam, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) organized the “Conference on Rolling out the Implementation of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Plan” in Hanoi on July 7.

Attending the conference were leaders from ministries and sectors, members of the National Council on Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement, and representatives from government agencies, the National Assembly, embassies, non-government organizations (NGOs), and international development agencies in Vietnam.

The National Action Plan to Implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development was promulgated under Decision No.622 from the Prime Minister dated May 10, 2017, which specifies 17 SDGs with 115 targets relevant to Vietnam to 2030, corresponding to the global SDGs adopted at the United Nations Summit on Sustainable Development in September 2015.

Participants at the conference heard of the content of the National Action Plan as well as the orientation for its implementation from representatives of several ministries. This was also an opportunity for participants to discuss the obstacles and challenges in implementation, to propose solutions to effectively implement the National Action Plan, and to call for active involvement and collaboration mechanisms for relevant domestic and international parties.

Addressing the conference, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Council on Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Improvement, emphasized that sustainable development is the task of the whole party, government, line ministries, and each and every enterprise and individual.

“Implementation of the National Action Plan requires the clear allocation of roles and responsibilities and close cooperation between line ministries, between the government and the people, and between Vietnam and other countries and international agencies, and at the same time requires enhanced transparency to ensure proper monitoring by related parties,” Deputy PM Dam said.

He also expressed his wish that Vietnam would continue to receive further support from international organizations in seizing opportunities and overcoming challenges to achieve its SDGs.

Representing the UN in Vietnam, Resident Coordination Mr. Kamal Malhotra said: “The key message and purpose of the SDGs, ‘leave no one behind’, is at the core of Vietnam’s response, and this cannot be achieved without engaging with and reaching out to the wider public through a ‘whole of nation’ approach in implementation and reporting, including the government, bilateral and multilateral development partners, the private sector, political, professional and mass organizations, and other groups representing the diverse interests of the Vietnamese people.”

Mr. Malhotra also reaffirmed the UN’s commitment to cooperating with Vietnam to implement the National SDGs Action Plan, specifically through the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021 between the Vietnamese Government and the UN, which was signed on July 5.

German Ambassador to Vietnam, H.E. Christian Berger, said the German Government has included the 2030 agenda and its climate and energy policies in particular among its key focus areas during its G20 presidency.

Pointing out that the National Action Plan is “a key tool towards balancing economic growth, social inclusion, and environmental protection in Vietnam,” Ambassador Berger stressed the strategic partnership between Germany and Vietnam, specifically in supporting the implementation of the 2030 Agenda in Vietnam in the framework of the GIZ Macroeconomic Reforms / Green Growth Programme of the Vietnam - German Cooperation and the implementation of the Paris Agreement.

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