Millennium Development Goals: four achieved!

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photo 2Ha Noi 7 August 2015 - As the deadline for achieving the eight Millennium Development Goals by the end of 2015 fast approaches, high level representatives from Government ministries, agencies and development partners met on 7 August to finalize Viet Nam's National MDG Report.

UN Resident Coordinator Ms Pratibha Mehta congratulated Viet Nam on its success so far "Viet Nam has achieved MDG1, MDG2, MDG3 and MDG5 on poverty reduction, education, gender equality and maternal health. Significant progress has also been made toward achieving MDG4 on reducing child mortality."

However she went on to make a number of important suggestions for the report's finalization.

"The report could highlight the unfinished MDG agenda and underlying causes for lack of progress on HIV/AIDS, stunting, environmental sustainability and unequal progress at sub-national level and across population groups, most notably ethnic minorities," she noted. "This would help identify priorities and set targets in the new socio-economic development plan to ensure no one is left behind".

At the workshop, Vice Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong reflected on the challenges and many lessons that Viet Nam had faced along the 15 years' implementation and monitoring of MDGs. He attributed the success to Viet Nam's strong commitment, efforts and the active participation of the Government and people at all levels.

The finalized report will be presented by the country's President at the UN Summit this September. The Summit is also expected to formally adopt the newly agreed Sustainable Development Goals which will replace the UN Millennium Development Goals at the beginning of next year. They will combine the ongoing fight against poverty with a renewed effort to protect the environment.

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Read speech by UN Resident Coordinator; Presentation of draft MDGR2015 by Ministry of Planning and Investment in English and Vietnamese