UNDP launches Media Competition on Millennium Development Goals

Oct 24, 2002

HA NOI - The UN Development Programme (UNDP) and the Party Central Commission for Ideology and Culture (PCCIC) launched today a national Media Competition on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). The contest is sponsored by the Department for International Development of the United Kingdom (DFID).

Winners of the competition will be recognized for outstanding journalistic achievement in improving the public’s understanding of the MDGs in Viet Nam through published newspaper articles, essays or other written materials.
The eight MDGs – eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; achieve universal primary education; promote gender equality; reduce child mortality; improve maternal health; combat HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases; ensure environmental sustainability; and develop a global partnership for development – were adopted by some 189 countries, including Viet Nam, at the historic UN Millennium Summit in September 2000.  The MDGs represent a consensus by world leaders on global development priorities and goals to the year 2015.

In Viet Nam, Government, donors, and NGOs have worked together to localize the MDGs and make them more relevant and specific to Viet Nam by developing the Viet Nam Development Goals (VDGs). Viet Nam has advanced its work towards the MDGs and moreover, has developed Viet Nam's Development Goals (VDGs) - tailored to the Vietnamese context.

The Ten Year Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2001-2010, various national programmes and the new Comprehensive Poverty Reduction and Growth Strategy (CPRGS) approved this past May capture the spirit of the MDGs and demonstrate Viet Nam’s commitment to reaching these global development priorities.

Viet Nam continues to make significant progress towards the MDGs. Viet Nam has been leading the developing world in cutting poverty rates, nearly halving its poverty rate from 58 per cent in 1990 to approximately 32 per cent in 2000 - well ahead of the global schedule of 2015.

Over the past decade, Viet Nam also has significantly improved access to primary education, clean water and sanitation, and lowered rates of food insecurity, under-five mortality, maternal mortality and fertility. These achievements are particularly impressive given Viet Nam’s current level of economic development. The result has been a considerable enhancement of human well-being. Vietnamese people now enjoy longer and healthier lives.

Through recognition of achievements in journalism, the competition aims to raise awareness of the media and the general public on MDGs and VDGs in order to contribute to wider and deeper national dialogue on policy measures to achieve these goals in Viet Nam.

Jordan Ryan, UNDP Resident Representative and UN Resident Coordinator, said the initiative offers an opportunity for the UN to "actively engage people  in thinking about how we can all work towards tackling here in Viet Nam, the major challenges of the 21st century -- poverty, sustainable environment, HIV/AIDS, gender inequality and other areas.  These issues are at the forefront of UN operations in Viet Nam”.

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