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Leaving no-one behind: Accelerating MDG progress in ethnic minority areas

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Ha Noi, 8 October 2014 – Today, with only 450 days left to reach the Millennium Development Goals(MDGs), key representatives in National Assembly, Government, academia and development partners gathered in Ha Noi to discuss key “bottlenecks” that are hindering MDG progress in ethnic minority areas and suggest solutions to accelerate progress.

Participants in the workshop “for the Development of the Action Plan for MDGs Acceleration in Ethnic Minority Areas” were briefed on progress of the development of the Action Plan, including the draft outline of the Action Plan Framework.

Existing disparities:

According to Vice Minister Son Phuoc Hoan, Vice Chairman of the Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs (CEMA), although Viet Nam has made considerable achievements in implementing the MDGs, disparities still exist between mountainous ethnic minority areas and the plains and urban areas. “Unless Viet Nam makes great efforts, it is highly likely that it won’t reach all the MDGs in these extremely difficult areas,” he stressed.

Mainstream Ethnic Minority development into SEDP

The Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) recognizes the importance of Ethnic Minority development issues. “Ethnic minority development is a key issue to be mainstreamed into the next 5-year socio-economic development plan,” said Mr Tran Quoc Phuong, Deputy Director of the MPI Department of Labor, Cultural and Social Affairs.   

Bottlenecks identification - action prioritization

The UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Dr Pratibha Mehta, applauded the Government for its decision to develop an Ethnic Minority MDG Action Plan, using the MDG Acceleration Framework methodology. “This brings a structured way of setting local goals, identifying bottlenecks and prioritizing actions and resources to deliver the goals,” she said.

This action plan framework aims to help Viet Nam increase the efficiency of the use of the resources in implementing national programmes and strategies to support ethnic minority people. There is a particular emphasis on local empowerment and identifying solutions based on internal force and community strength. This will contribute to reaching the goal “leaving no one behind” in the development process, as the message of this year’s International Day for Eradication of Poverty..

More information? please read:
- joint media release;
- docCEMA Vice Chairman’s speech;
- UN Resident Coordinator’s speech;
- pptMPI’s presentation; and
- presentation on Framework of Action Plan for MDGs Acceleration in Ethnic Minority areas

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