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UN backs health project to boost youth development

Update: August, 22/2012 - 15:48

HA NOI – The national strategy for Vietnamese youth development until 2020 is to get a boost from a project kicked of today by the Ministry of Home Affairs and the United Nations Fund for Population (UNFPA).

The US$900,000 project is being funded with VND3 billion ($144,300) from the Government budget and the rest from UNFPA. It will target reproductive healthcare, sexual health, prevention of HIV and gender violence.

According to results of a 2009 population survey, Vietnamese aged from 10 to 30 accounted for 40 per cent of Viet Nam's population and thus would have an important impact on the country.

The project's beneficiaries were expected to include vulnerable youths, such as those who had moved to a new areas, who failed to get an education or who were living in remote and mountain areas.

Acting chief representative of UNFPA Mandeep K. O'Brien said it was necessary to help youths at grassroots level, especially vulnerable ones.

To do this, UNFPA would support the improvement of reproductive health and the capacity of Government agencies to co-ordinate with health and labour sectors in the interest of youth.

Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan said the strategy's objectives for youth would help ensure the country's sustainable development.

It was important that each generation helped in industrialisation, modernisation and international integration.

The strategy's targets include generating jobs for at least 600,000 young people annually, offering job consultation for 80 per cent of young people, and reducing the unemployment rate for young people in urban areas to below 7 per cent and in rural areas to below 6 per cent.

By 2020, the strategy aims to provide vocational training for 70 per cent of youngsters of working age and job guidance for all students. – VNS

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