Speech at the project signing ceremony with the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association

24 Jan 2008

Speaker: Ms Setsuko Yamazaki, Country Director
Date:      January 24, 2008  
Event:     VUSTA Signing Ceremony
 
Dear Professor Vu Tuyên Hoàng,  
Dear Associate Professor Doctor Ho Uy Liem,
Dear representatives of the media,  
Ladies and Gentlemen   

Over the last 15 years, Viet Nam has managed to reach annual growth figures envied around the world. Poverty has been reduced by more than half, and for the most part, Viet Nam is one of the few countries globally that is on-track to meet most of the Millennium Development Goals before the 2015 deadline.   

And Viet Nam is also taking its place on the world stage as never before. Now a fully-fledged member of the World Trade Organization and earlier this month formally took its place as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, Viet Nam’s voice is being heard and is playing its rightful role in world affairs and in influencing global governance debates.   

And this space internationally is also opening up nationally. The need for wider consultation and discussion is being recognized as an important contribution to vital national debates and decisions. By allowing more people and stakeholders to participate in these discussions, Viet Nam gains a wider diversity of opinion and expertise.   

Allowing many voices to be heard, making space for new ideas and accepting new approaches and knowledge contributes strongly to making the policies of the Government more targeted, inclusive, participatory, effective, and in short useful.   

Multistakeholder dialogues, as proven in many countries where UNDP works, are a key tool in creating equal, secure and just societies. They contribute to countries reaching the next level of development. Here the country’s scholars, academics and intellectuals have a big role to play.   

This is why we are very happy to be here today to formalize our relationship with the Viet Nam Union of Science and Technology Association. VUSTA and its 500 member organizations have a lot to bring to the policy-making table, both in formulation and implementation.  We at UNDP see diverse organizations like VUSTA as vital to bring unique knowledge and experience to Government to produce and implement effective policy.   

Through our global networks and partnerships we will help to facilitate your organization in building better partnerships and developing better coordination mechanisms among your member organizations. We will support you in further improving management, in finding more effective ways of sharing information and of accessing and sharing the collective knowledge of your members. Essential, if VUSTA is going to effectively add its diverse voice to contribute constructively to policy dialogue in Viet Nam.  

I have no doubt that this collaboration between UNDP and VUSTA will see results: results in organizational efficiency and in making very important contributions to the national policy dialogue for the benefit of everyone in Viet Nam. I would like to wish the project all the possible success.   

On behalf of all of my UN colleagues, let me wish you health, happiness and prosperity in the coming New Year! Thank-you.