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Viet Nam launches bold new development agenda – everyone’s business

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SDGs-WHa Noi 18 May 2016 - Strong Government leadership and broader partnership with business and civil society will be needed for Viet Nam to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

This was the main message of today’s workshop “Rolling out Agenda 2030 for sustainable development in Viet Nam: The SDGs: Everyone’s Business”, organized by the Ministry of Planning and Investment, the agency assigned by the Government to lead coordination of all stakeholders for the Agenda 2030’s implementation in Viet Nam. The workshop’s goal was to inform all stakeholders of the development of a National Action Plan for Implementation of Agenda 2030 and to engage and mobilize their support in the development and implementation of the Action Plan.

Agenda 2030 introduces vision, orientation of implementation method, global partnerships and actions to realize sustainable development all over the world for the period of 15 coming years. The Agenda 2030 was adopted at the UN Summit last September. At the Summit, the former President Truong Tan Sang affirmed that Viet Nam supported and committed to mobilizing all resources, ministries, sectors, localities, organizations, communities and people to successfully implement the Agenda 2030 and the SDGs.

“It is very important for a middle-income country like Viet Nam to mobilize financial resources and participation of all stakeholders for implementation of the SDGs in the coming time,” said Mr. Nguyen The Phuong, MPI Vice Minister, in his opening remarks. “This Action Plan will serve as legal basis for Viet Nam to implement the commitment with the international community, contribute responsibly to the global efforts for sustainable development”.

The workshop also started the discussion on what mechanisms will be needed to ensure collaboration among national and international stakeholders for SDG implementation in Viet Nam.

Ms Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Viet Nam, who co-chaired the workshop with Vice Minister Nguyen The Phuong, said that a mindset shift is required if Viet Nam is to achieve the SDGs.

“Efforts to implement the new transformative 2030 Agenda would need to recognize the inter-linkages between SDGs which would require a new form of policy and planning leadership which breaks down sectoral barriers and entrenched interests,” said Ms Mehta. “There could be a need to re-examine government structure to remove institutional bottlenecks in service delivery and cross-sectoral coordination to tackle the root causes that hinder progress”.

During the workshop, an international expert from the UN Development Programme shared international best practices on SDG mainstreaming and national roadmaps, while a representative from the General Statistic Office presented the “Initial review on SDGs indicators”.
The workshop gathered representatives from Ministries, Agencies, development partners, national and international civil society organizations, the business sector, academia and the media.

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