Members of the UN Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (CESCR) spoke highly of Vietnam’s progress in reducing poverty and ensuring social security and equality and non-discrimination for all people and all regions at the committee’s 53th session in Geneva, Switzerland.

In presenting the country report at the session, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung reiterated Vietnam’s consistent policy of ensuring human rights and political, civil, economic, social and cultural rights enjoyed by citizens.

The Vietnamese government always sees humans as the goal, the centre and the momentum of development, and has been consistent in its goal of a sustainably-growing economy where all citizens enjoy social welfare services and good conditions, the Vietnamese representative said.

He made it clear that the enforcement of economic, social and cultural rights is an extensive, regular and continuous process in Vietnam.

CESCR members made recommendations to help Vietnam continue fine-tuning legal regulations and building more policies and plans for ensuring the effective implementation of economic, social and cultural rights, particularly in regards to women, children, vulnerable groups, the disabled and ethnic minorities living in remote and poor areas.

The Vietnamese government will thoroughly consider recommendations and conclusions adopted at the end of the session, ensuring that Vietnam is a responsible and active player in the international community, Dung assured.

Vietnam ratified and acceded to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (ICESCR) in 1982. The CESCR is a body of independent experts that monitors the implementation of ICESCR by its State parties.

All State parties are obliged to submit regular reports to the Committee on how the rights are implemented. They must report initially within two years of accepting the Covenant and thereafter every five years.-VNA