|President Truong Tan Sang meets with United Nations Children's Fund executive director Anthony Lake in Ha Noi yesterday. — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang
HA NOI (VNS)— The United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) will continue supporting Viet Nam in executing its socio-economic development targets, increasing the sustainability of its achieved Millennium Development Goals, and boosting child care and protection.
The pledge was made by visiting UNCIEF Executive Director Anthony Lake, who is in Viet Nam from May 29-30, during his meeting with President Truong Tan Sang in Ha Noi yesterday.
During the event, President Sang emphasised that Viet Nam always gives priority to child care, protection and education, and the implementation of international conventions, including the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC).
He spoke highly of UNICEF's support for the country in recent years and asked for the fund's continued support in introducing policies to promote children's rights and their development.
He said UNICEF had offered great assistance to Vietnamese children, especially those with disabilities and victims of Agent Orange/dioxin and unexploded wartime bombs and mines.
For his part, Lake recognised Viet Nam's commitment and progress in child care and protection over the last few years and expressed his wish to increase long-term co-operation with the country.
On the same day, the UNICEF official attended a meeting with National Assembly Deputy Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan, who called for the fund's further assistance in the making of laws in line with the UNCRC.
Ngan said she highly valued UNICEF's role in child care, protection and education in the world, and thanked the fund for helping Vietnamese elective agencies to improve their capacity.
Lake said Viet Nam has proved its leading position in accomplishing its Millennium Development Goals, which is good for its children.
He added that Viet Nam is among the leading countries for calculating data on children with disabilities and confirmed his organisation would select Da Nang City as the host of an international conference on the importance of this kind of data.
During his working visit, the UNCIEF Executive Director worked with Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh and Minister of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs Pham Thi Hai Chuyen.
He will preside over a ceremony announcing a report on the State of the World's Children 2013 in Da Nang today. — VNS