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Hanoi (VNA) – Ethnic minority development targets must be included in the 2016-2020 Socio-economic Development Plan, as heard at a forum in Hanoi on December 9. 

Localities must enhance capacity for ethnic minority people in order to help them grasp job opportunities while the Government plays a core role in providing public services, especially basic social services, for disadvantaged areas and ethnic minority groups, said the participants.

Localities should include climate change response and environmental protection in their socio-economic development plans and ethnic minority development policies, they added. 
Speaking at the event, Son Phuoc Hoan, Deputy Minister – Deputy Head of the Government's Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, said that the Government recently issued Decision No.1557/GD-TTg on implementing ethnic minority-related Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in line with post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). 

The decision aims at bettering the implementation of national programmes and strategies on supporting ethnic minority groups, thus contributing to fulfilling the nation’s SDGs beyond 2015, implementing the Government’s Resolution No.80/NQ-CP on sustainable poverty reduction orientation during 2012-2020, and the 2011-2020 Strategy on Ethnic Affairs. 

It once again shows the Government’s strong determination and commitments to fulfilling the MDGs and ensuring no one left behind, affirmed Hoan. 

Irish Ambassador to Vietnam Cait Moran said that Ireland’s development cooperation programme with Vietnam will focus on poverty alleviation for ethnic minorities. 

The forum was jointly held by the National Assembly's Council for Ethnic Affairs, the Government's Committee for Ethnic Minority Affairs, the UN Office in Vietnam and the Irish Embassy in Vietnam.-VNA