|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives UNDP Administrator Helen Clark yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam deems the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) an important development partner that has provided practical assistance to the country, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said.
The targets that the UNDP helped Viet Nam implement are poverty reduction, socio-economic development and the realisation of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the government leader said.
At a meeting with UNDP Administrator Helen Clark in Ha Noi yesterday, the PM spoke highly of the UNDP's contributions to development co-operation, one of the UN's key pillars.
However, he said Viet Nam was still encountering difficulties in fulfilling MDGs, particularly in environmental protection and HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and hoped the UNDP would continue assisting the country.
Alleviating poverty, clearing unexploded ordnances left behind from the war, executing national strategies on green growth and coping with climate change were all urgent tasks for which the UNDP's help would be greatly appreciated, he said.
The PM pledged the Government would continue working closely with the organisation.
Clark appreciated Viet Nam's efforts in fulfilling MDGs, especially the One UN Initiative and One UN House, as well as the effective co-operation between the two sides.
She affirmed that her organisation would stand by Viet Nam in development co-operation, particularly in agriculture, education and healthcare.
On the same day, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh thanked Clark for the support from UN organisations, including the UNDP.
For her part, Clark highlighted Viet Nam's active and responsible participation in UN activities and praised the country's socio-economic achievements.
Deputy PM hails UN
The UNDP has become an important aspect of Vietnamese development, Deputy PM Hoang Trung Hai said at the annual meeting of UNDP chief representatives from 26 Asia-Pacific nations in Ha Noi yesterday.
Hai said the programme had made many pragmatic contributions to the country's poverty reduction, policy consultation and capacity building. Its activities had helped localities' socio-economic development.
The Deputy PM thanked the support of the international community, including UN organisations, in helping Viet Nam overcome post-war difficulties and promote development and international integration.
After more than two decades of renewal policies and international economic integration, Viet Nam has achieved many socio-economic achievements and played an increasingly important role in the region and the world, he said.
Hai added that Viet Nam had now established diplomatic ties with 180 countries across the globe.
It had also participated in regional co-operation mechanisms and is working with other ASEAN members to build an ASEAN Community by 2015.
Hai said Viet Nam looked forward to more support from the UN in development co-operation, policy consultation, the realisation of the MDGs, developing a national strategy on sustainable development - and policies on climate change and international integration.
UNDP Administrator Helen Clark said the UNDP would continue aiding the Asia-Pacific region, including Viet Nam, in poverty reduction, environmental improvement, policy consultation and economic administration.
She said the organisation's selection of Viet Nam as the host for the meeting mirrored the co-operation between the two sides and the country's socio-economic achievements.
In recent years, the nation had recorded remarkable achievements in the fulfillment of MDGs, even passing many goals set for 2015, especially those on poverty reduction and fundamental education.
Clark suggested the nation take the efficient use of energy, sustainable poverty reduction and human-resource development into consideration during its long-term plans.
At the event, delegates touched on challenges and opportunities emerging in regional countries, the joint plan on the implementation of UN reforms and the active participation of nations in forming post-2015 development goals. — VNS