Vietnam’s progress in reaching MDGs reviewed

A recent report that Vietnam is two thirds of its way to achieving its Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) underlines the government’s efforts and actions when working with other nations around the world.

This was stated by the UN’s Coordinator in Vietnam, John Hendra, at a ceremony releasing the report in Hanoi on September 17.

The UN official praised the report as well as the achievements the Vietnamese people and government have made towards achieving the MDGs by 2015.

He cited the MDGs that Vietnam had accomplished prior to schedule, including reducing poverty by half in 2002, universalisation of primary education in 2000 and encouraging results in promoting gender equality and empowering women.

Hendra said he believed that Vietnam will develop in a sustainable and stable manner and achieve all its MDGs by 2015, on schedule.

Vietnam is highly regarded by the international community as even though it is a developing country, it has made outstanding achievements in economic reforms, targeting growth and reducing poverty.

Over the past ten years, Vietnam’s economy has grown rapidly and the average growth rate per annum of GDP reached 7.2 percent during 2001-2010. The average GDP per capita in 2010 is expected to reach 1,200 USD, three times higher than it was in 2000.

The report was jointly produced by the Ministry of Planning and Investment and the United Nations Development Programme.

It reviewed the results that Vietnam has made in implementing its MDGs and offers an insight into the lessons learnt and the challenges which have emerged during the process.

The report reflects the close coordination and effective consultation process between Vietnamese Government ministries, UN organisations, the international donors community, non-governmental organisations and national and international researchers.

It will be presented by President Nguyen Minh Triet at the UN Summit in the US on September 20.

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