|NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong speaks at the event. — Photo nhandan
HA NOI (VNS) — A conference was held in Ha Noi yesterday to discuss the National Assembly's (NA) role in the implementation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in 2000-15, as well as Viet Nam's Sustainable Development Goals after the end of 2015.
NA Vice Chairwoman Tong Thi Phong said that during the past 15 years, by striving to realise eight MDGs, Viet Nam had achieved a number of important results, especially in poverty reduction, gender equality and education. These successes had been recognised by the international community.
She said the country had fulfilled the goal of eradicating extreme poverty and hunger in 2002 and popularised primary education in 2010, adding that Viet Nam was now working towards universal secondary and high school education.
Viet Nam was also improving gender equality and women's empowerment and had successfully controlled malaria, prevented the spread of HIV and wiped out a number of other fatal diseases, said Phong. The country would also soon be able to say that it had reduced child mortality.
The NA Vice Chairwoman called for participants to clarify the role that the assembly played in proposing policies, implementing sustainable development goals and supervising progress.
She also suggested that they recommend the agenda for the forthcoming 132nd Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) during discussions on sustainable development goals.
Meanwhile, Pratibha Mehta, United Nations Resident Co-ordinator in Viet Nam, said sustainable development was one of the key post-2015 topics for Viet Nam as well as other medium-income countries.
She said the implementation of sustainable development goals required a stronger approach to public management from parliaments at global and national levels, together with strong engagement in policy-making.
She suggested that partnerships among ministries, localities, civil society organisations and private firms must be enhanced as part of this effort.
Participants also evaluated the country's 17 sustainable developments goals and its capacity to realise them.
The proposals will provide information for the Vietnamese delegation at the IPU-132, which will be hosted by Viet Nam for the first time from March 28 to April 1. — VNS