Education, Health and Gender Equality top SDG priorities: Youth surveyFeb 2, 2018
Ha Noi, 2 February 2018 – Quality Education; Good Health and Well-being; Gender equality; No poverty; Zero hunger; and Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions are the top Global Goals that Vietnamese youth feel closer and ready to act for, according to the first-ever Youth Survey on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) released here today.
Viet Nam has committed to achieving the SDGs by 2030, together with 192 member states of the UN. With 27.7% of the population aged between 16 and 30, Vietnamese young people play a central role in the country’s development and accelerating the achievement of the SDGs.
At the launch of the Survey, UNDP Country Director in Viet Nam, Ms Caitlin Wiesen, said that UNDP teamed up with the Sustainable Development Office of the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), and the Centre for Sustainable Development Studies (CSDS) to undertake this Survey to “better understand the concerns, perceptions and interests of young people and the SDG priorities they see as vital for their future”.
“It is our hope that the youth perspectives on SDGs captured with this survey will help inform all our development efforts,” said Ms Wiesen. “If we recognize that young people are key partners in achieving the Goals, then we must all take responsibility in our work to inform, guide, support and partner with young people. It is time to shift the notion of partnering with young people from engaging youth as beneficiaries to partnering with youth as agents of change, driving the SDGs and the future they want”.
More than 7,000 young people from all 63 provinces responded to the survey, nearly three-fourths of them are female. More than 65 percent of them live in urban areas but three in four respondents said they had not heard about the SDGs before.
On what respondents feel closer and ready to act for, 51 percent chose Quality Education- (SDG4); 33.54 percent, Good Health and Well-Being (SDG3); 31.85 percent, Gender equality (SD5G5); 25.76 percent, No poverty (SDG1) ; 25.35 percent Zero hunger (SDG2); and 19.73 percent, Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions (SDG16).
The Survey showed that there was general interest in SDGs but contrasted by lack of clarity about what can be done, especially by common people in their daily life and how the action of each citizen can help improving the Vietnamese society.
Coordination and support mechanisms, and actors; Gender – sensitive approaches; Awareness campaigns and Public engagement activities are among the key recommendations from the Survey as next steps to empower young people to take action in achieving the SDGs.
According to Mr Dao Dinh Tan, Director of the Sustainable Development Office – MPI, Viet Nam has registered to present the Voluntary National Report on SDG implementation at the High-level Political Forum at the United Nations in New York in July this year. The report is part of the monitoring and evaluation mechanism on the implementation of the Agenda 2030 on Sustainable Development, and participating members are encouraged to review and evaluate the imlementation at national and local levels. “The results and findings from this Youth Survey on SDGs will be useful inputs for the Voluntary National Report that Viet Nam is to present at the High-level Political Forum this year,” Mr Dao Dinh Tan said.
Nguyen Viet Lan, UNDP Communication Analyst,
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