Speech at the launch of project “Support to multi-dimensional poverty reduction in urban settings”

Jan 11, 2013

Speaker: Mr. Bakhodir Burkhanov, UNDP Deputy Country Director
Date:       11 January 2013, 8:00 am
Event:      Launch of Project “Support to multi-dimensional poverty reduction in urban settings”
Venue:     HCMC People’s Committee, 86 Le Thanh Ton Street, District 1.

Mr. Hứa Ngọc Thuận, Vice Chairman, HCMC People’s Committee, Chairman of HCMC Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction

Mr. Nguyễn Xê, Deputy Director of the Department of Labor, the Disabled and Social Affairs, Standing Vice-Chair of HCMC Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction

Colleagues from city departments and agencies

Distinguished guests:

I am delighted to be here today for the launch of the Project “Support to multi-dimensional poverty reduction in urban settings”.
First of all, I would like to express my sincere thanks to HCMC People’s Committee, the Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction, Department of Labor, the Disabled and Social Affairs, and other departments for their contributions to the formulation of this project.

As was mentioned in previous statements, this project builds on the work done under the UNDP project “Support to in-depth assessment of urban poverty in Ha Noi and Ho Chi Minh City” in 2008-2011. The deliverable of this project, in particular the Urban Poverty Survey and its reports, provided for the first time a more comprehensive information on the newly emerging issue of urban poverty, especially among unregistered and temporary migrants who have not been covered by other data sources.

In addition, the Urban Poverty project has also introduced multi-dimensional poverty concepts and measurements in assessing poverty. The project supported research on income and non-income dimensions of people’s well-being covering such factors as access to basic services, safe environment and housing, among others. It has shown a new way of assessing human poverty to support policy-making aimed at improving living standards of poor households.

We are very pleased that multi-dimensional poverty as a concept is now more widely accepted at the national level for poverty monitoring and designing poverty reduction interventions. This is evidenced by the recent explanatory session organized by the National Assembly Committee for Social Affairs; the Prime Minister’s remarks on HCMC’s poverty reduction efforts during last video-conference session with MoLISA; as well as the adoption of the National Target Programme on Sustainable Poverty Reduction and Government’s Resolution 80.

The project we are launching today will further support HCMC and other urban centers in monitoring and evaluating multi-dimensional poverty, and building capacity of the cities in the development and implementation of innovative policies to reduce urban poverty and vulnerability, especially among such groups as migrants or informal sector laborers.

As we embark on this partnership, I would like to highlight the following factors that are critical to the success of the project:

Firstly, policies to address urban poverty and vulnerability, including from multi-dimensional perspective, are relatively new in Viet Nam’s context. HCMC is spearheading this work in the entire country, so the strong commitment and support of city leaders and other authorities is absolutely vital to the success of this project.

Secondly, addressing multi-dimensional poverty requires high degree of coherence and complementarity of policy interventions, in such areas as job creation and social protection, housing and vocational training, education and health services, to name a few. It requires much stronger coordination and concerted efforts of different departments and stakeholders under the leadership of HCMC People’s Committee and the City’s Steering Committee for Poverty Reduction.

Thirdly, the project’s technical assistance can directly support and facilitate HCMC’s own planned actions to implement poverty reduction programs and to institutionalize multi-dimensional poverty reduction measures. More importantly still, HCMC has a unique opportunity to demonstrate its innovative work, share its experiences and influence national poverty reduction efforts.

Ladies and Gentlemen,

The Ho Chi Minh City’s successful record of fighting poverty, as was presented by Mr. Thuận this morning, is a strong indication of the City’s commitment to maximizing project results and replicating them nationally for the benefit of many more Vietnamese people across the country.

I would like to express UNDP’s best wishes to Ho Chi Minh City for successful implementation of this project. UNDP stands ready to support you in these pioneering efforts.

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