Vietnam to focus on children in national development plans

The ministries of Planning and Investment; Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs and UNICEF jointly October 9 held a seminar on children-related issues to the national socio-economic development plans in the 2016-2020 period.

MPI Deputy Minister Dao Quang Thu said at the seminar that the government should solve noticeable problems relating to children who he said play a key role in ensuring sustainable development in Vietnam.

Currently, Vietnam has completed three among eight targets of the Millenium Development Goals set by the UN, including deleting extreme poverty and fighting hunger; compulsory education of primary education and illiteracy eradication; reduction of mortality rate of mothers and newly born babies; enhancing sex equality and improving women’s position in the society.

Vietnam also achieved progresses in targets of fighting HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other dangerous diseases; ensuring sustainable environment and establishing cooperation relations with countries in the world.

However, experts say that the Southeast Asian nation should focus on these problems including its vulnerability, integration and participation of residents into policy making, high quality medical system and education and vocational training.

By Anh Phuong – Translated by Uyen Phuong

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