A conference on the National Assembly and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organised by the National Assembly, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Development Programme, wrapped up in the central city of Đà Nẵng yesterday.–VNA/VNS Photo Đinh Văn Nhiều
ĐÀ NẴNG – A conference on the National Assembly and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), organised by the National Assembly, the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Development Programme, wrapped up in the central city of Đà Nẵng yesterday.
In her concluding remarks, Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng of the Vietnamese NA said discussions at the two-day event had shared new knowledge and suggestions on issues related to the implementation of SDGs in Việt Nam.
Phóng also noted that most delegates hailed the self-assessment toolkit issued by the IPU and UNDP as useful for parliaments to enhance their roles in the implementation of the SDGs.
Experience in applying the toolkit in several countries such as Fiji, Serbia, Indonesia, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka is helpful for Việt Nam, according to Phóng.
She affirmed that the conference had provided important documents and valuable lessons for deputies of the Vietnamese NA and People’s Councils in making policies on SDGs, adding that Việt Nam hopes for continued assistance from the IPU, UNDP, international organisations and other members of the IPU so the country will achieve the SDGs.
The NA Vice Chaiwoman reiterated Việt Nam’s resolve to carry out the SDGs and leave no one behind.
IPU General Secretary Martin Chungong appreciated the efforts of the Vietnamese NA and Government in implementing the SDGs.
He stressed that the conference revealed the importance of the Vietnamese NA in overseeing plans and policies related to the SDGs.
He recommended that Việt Nam consider integrating the SDGs into its development strategies and plans, while increasing the NA deputies’ responsibility for monitoring the implementation of the goals.
Chungong pledged that the IPU would assist Việt Nam in implementing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development. — VNS