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Citizens consulted on development

Update: March, 21/2013 - 10:07

HA NOI (VNS)— Nguyen Van Tuan, 55, from Tien Phuoc District, central Quang Nam Province hopes that the women in his district won't have to work from dawn to dark and many remain extremely poor.

"They have no time for themselves and to do simple things such as to take care of their health," Tuan said.

Tuan represents the rural poor group, one of the eight consultant groups consisting of 1,300 people that the United Nations has interviewed in the past two months.

The interviews are part of the UN efforts to get the citizens' voices for the future development of the country after 2015 - the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals.

Speaking at an event yesterday, Nguyen Van Hieu, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment, said that as Viet Nam and 189 other countries were heading toward 2015, it was time to think of a new development framework that could address the challenges even after the goals end.

UN resident co-ordinator Pratibha Mehta said as there were only about 1,000 days to go before the deadline of the MDGs, the UN was actively looking at what could be replaced after the deadline and facilitate the dialogue between policy makers, experts, citizens, among others.

"It's time for Viet Nam to accelerate progress on those MDGs that have not been achieved, while using its experiences to actively contribute to the global discussion on the post-2015 agenda," she said.

Peter Chaudhry, a UN consultant, said most citizens expressed their sense of inequality in all forms, a strong desire for a more responsive public services system, better voice in decision-making, desire for a cleaner environment and quality employment and stable jobs.

Findings will be included in a final report released in April to be included in a global UN report on ideas for a post-2015 development agenda. — VNS


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