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UN Country Team meets with Prime Minister Dung to celebrate UN Day

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IMG 5186Ha Noi, 24 October 2012 – Viet Nam’s Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung today hosted the UN Country Team at a reception at the Prime Minister’s Office to celebrate UN Day. Speaking at the event, Ms Pratibha Mehta, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, congratulated Prime Minister Dung on behalf of the UN family on the 35th anniversary of Viet Nam joining the United Nations.

During the event, Ms Mehta highlighted Viet Nam’s remarkable poverty reduction record and that the country is on track to achieve most of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and targets by 2015. However, she noted that in the past few years, economic growth, which is now also slowing down, has had less impact on poverty reduction as compared to earlier. Businesses have also been affected by the economic slow-down and as a result many people have either lost their jobs or have been forced to move into informal sector work. In addition, new forms of poverty and vulnerabilities are emerging and inequalities are increasing.

Ms Mehta mentioned that access to social services, including health and education, are increasingly dependent on out-of-pocket payments. This places a heavier burden on the poor and vulnerable.

We would like to stress the importance of a balanced focus on inclusive economic growth and sustainable human development. There is a need to improve the efficiency of public expenditure and investments in social sectors, skills development and social protection. These are prerequisites for future economic growth and the foundation for addressing persistent poverty and vulnerability,” Ms Mehta said.

During the meeting, Ms Mehta also touched on the discussions around the post-2015 development agenda. She stressed that since 2000, the MDGs have been the rallying point to galvanize countries to action. With only three years to go before the 2015 deadline, the UN Secretary-General has started discussions on what the post-2015 development agenda should be and has appointed an eminent persons panel to advise him.

To solicit opinions of a wide range of people, especially poor and marginalized groups, the UN has initiated national consultations in 50 countries. These consultations will focus on marginalized and vulnerable groups to ensure their voices and priorities are included in the post-2015 global development agenda.

Given its impressive achievements with the MDGs and its recent transition to a middle income country, Viet Nam has been identified as one of the countries where national consultations will be held,” Ms Mehta stressed.

Finally, Ms Mehta highlighted that 2012 has been an important year for the UN with the Rio+20 Conference on sustainable development, the current General Assembly review of UN operational activities for development, and the start of discussions around the post-2015 development agenda. In Viet Nam, progress is continuing on the UN Delivering as One initiative – implementation of the UN One Plan 2012-2016 has begun and construction on the Green One UN House will soon start. This will further strengthen the UN Delivering as One initiative in Viet Nam.

The UN One Plan recognizes that as a middle income country the development needs of Viet Nam are changing. We are focusing on supporting Viet Nam in this social and economic transition and to provide evidence-based policy advice and global good practices,” Ms Mehta stated.

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The Mission of the United Nations in Viet Nam

The United Nations, in partnership with the government and people of Viet Nam, works to ensure that all Vietnamese people enjoy an increasingly healthy and prosperous life with greater human dignity and expanded choices. Collectively and through its individual agencies, the United Nations cares and creates opportunities for the poor and most vulnerable, and for youth, to whom the future belongs.

In accordance with the United Nations Charter and Millennium Declaration, the United Nations advances the principles of equality and social justice, while providing impartial advice, technical expertise, access to global knowledge and local experience to meet Viet Nam's development challenges.
 
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UN Communications Team
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