Vietnamese Youth Development Strategy project signed

A new project on providing capacity support for the government officials in the implementation of the Vietnamese Youth Development Strategy is being signed on August 22 at an official ceremony in Hanoi

Representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs and United Nations Population Fund sign the project.

The project will contribute to raise awareness of young generation of reproductive and sexual health care as well as the prevention of HIV and gender-based violence.

It will be carried out nationwide from 2012-2016, using US$900,000 of a non-refundable official development assistance (ODA) from UNFPA and reciprocal capital of more than VND3 billion($144,000) from Vietnam.

Vulnerable groups, including young emigrants, single people and young people living in remote mountainous areas will directly benefit from the project.

Vietnam officially graduated to a middle-income country status in 2010. The country has achieved extraordinary economic growth even in recent hard times, and has successfully lifted hundreds of thousands of people out of poverty.

However, wide disparities between urban and rural areas, geographical areas and vulnerable groups, especially ethnic minority people still exist.

The One Plan 2012-2016 between the Government of Vietnam and the United Nations (UN), signed in March 2012, will help to address the challenges ahead and to ensure balanced, equitable and sustainable development so that no-one is left behind, not even the most vulnerable or disadvantaged.  

Within the context of the One Plan, this project, co-implemented by MOHA, YU and CCEYAC, with technical assistance from UNFPA, will contribute to the focused area of the One Plan: Access to Quality Essential Services and Social Protection.  

Representatives of the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), the Committee for Culture, Education, Youth, Adolescent and Children of the National Assembly (CCEYAC), the Youth Union (YU), other line ministries, United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam and the media attended the event.

By K. Nguyen – Translated by Quan Pham

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