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Businesses vow to ensure kids' rights

Update: November, 28/2014 - 09:23
Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF representative in Viet Nam, said that while Viet Nam had made impressive economic progress in recent years, it must ensure that its progress extended to its children.— File Photo
HA NOI (VNS) — Representatives from the business community in Viet Nam yesterday vowed to protect children's rights by supporting their parents as caregivers and ensuring their safety in all business activities.

The delegates, who were attending a seminar hosted by UNICEF and its partners, agreed to 10 principals on respecting and supporting children's rights during an event called ZEROTalks.

They also agreed to promote youth employment and talent generation to maintain a motivated and skilled workforce.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil, UNICEF representative in Viet Nam, said that while Viet Nam had made impressive economic progress in recent years, it must ensure that its progress extended to its children.

ZEROTalks refers to a series of talks and seminars hosted by UNICEF Viet Nam for exploring ways the public and private sector can work together to ensure no child is left behind.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam spoke at the ceremony. — Photo: UNICEF

The talks are part of the Believe in Zero campaign, launched in Viet Nam in 2013, which aims to bring the number of children excluded from Viet Nam's recent economic growth down to zero.

About 100 children in Viet Nam die every day of preventable causes, and close to 70 per cent of Vietnamese children have experienced some form of violence, according to UNICEF estimates.

"We are here to take part in the ZEROTalks but this is not only about talking, it's time to take action for children," said Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam in his opening remarks. "In addition to charitable giving, the business sector should incorporate the rights of children into its business strategies." — VNS

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