Viet Nam releases its first-ever national progress report on the MDGs

16 Sep 2005

Ha NoiViet Nam released its first-ever national report reviewing its progress toward achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) today. While celebrating Viet Nam’s impressive accomplishments toward improved human development, the Report underscores further challenges to reaching the eight MDGs by 2015.

“Viet Nam’s achievements in poverty reduction have been recognized by the international community and we are always ready to share experiences with other countries in our poverty reduction work,” said Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) Vice Minister, Phan Quang Trung to the audience of government and international officials. “But in order to comprehensively fulfil all the MDGs, Viet Nam needs support from UN member countries, especially in the developed world, from international financial institutions and UN agencies.”

A report of this kind provides an opportunity to take stock of the achievements in Viet Nam to date and to refocus on priority areas where work remains in order to reach all the Goals, and also to sustain the progress made thus far. These priority areas, as detailed in the report, include environmental management, the quality of education, growing HIV/AIDS rates among young Vietnamese, the growing gap between rich and poor, between men and women, between rural and urban populations, as well as between Kinh and ethnic minorities.

Unlike past MDG reports written by UN agencies in cooperation with the government, this report was led and written by a government drafting team and coordinated by MPI. The preparation was a highly collaborative process. National consultations, linking both the Report and the five-year-plan, were held across the country, as well as with the National Assembly. The United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) provided technical and financial assistance for the process.

Much of the findings of the government report detail the success of Viet Nam in its progress, especially on goals relating to poverty reduction and child and neo-natal mortality rates. Already having halved poverty, Viet Nam is internationally recognized as moving in the right direction to achieving the Goals. But both UNDP and government officials recognize that there is still a long way to go until 2015, the year when all countries have committed to reach the MDGs.

“Viet Nam is a world leader in terms of MDG progress and there is every reason to be proud of the accomplishments noted in this report,” said UN Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative, Jordan Ryan. “But inequality is growing and deep pockets of poverty remain in the most disadvantaged areas. The goal needs to be to reach the MDGs in every village and hamlet across Viet Nam.”

Today’s ceremony in Ha Noi coincides with the Report’s presentation in New York City at the 2005 World Summit. The Summit, which ends today, is the largest gathering of world leaders in history.  The international community is gathered to make critical decisions on development, security and human rights issues, including how to achieve the MDGs.

It has been five years since Vietnam joined 188 world leaders in committing to reaching the eight MDGs by 2015. The eight MDGs are: To eradicate extreme poverty and hunger; To achieve universal primary education; To promote gender equality and empower women; To reduce child mortality; To improve maternal health; To combat HIV/AIDS, Malaria and other Diseases; To ensure environmental sustainability; To develop a global partnership for development.

Contact Information

Mr. Junichi Imai, Poverty and Social Development, UNDP
Tel: (84-4) 942-1495 ext.283 email: Junichi.Imai@undp.org

Mr. Nguyen Tu Nhat, Deputy Director of National Economic Issues Department, MPI
Tel: 08043396/ 0913003833/ ntnhat@mpi.gov.vn

Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Minh, National Economic Issues Department, MPI
Tel: 08044977/ 0904138427/ ntthuminh@mpi.gov.vn

Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, Media and Publications Unit, UNDP
Tel: (84-4) 942-1495 x186  email: nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org