Students from Lai Chau mountainous province (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has pledged to assist Vietnam in realising sustainable development goals, including the protection, care and education of children.

UNICEF Deputy Executive Director Omar Abdi made the promise at a meeting with Vice State President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh in Hanoi on December 5.

He recognised Vietnam’s achievements in implementing the rights of children, citing the reduction in the rate of under-five-year-old child mortality over the past 10-15 years.

Vietnam was also the first Asian nation to sign the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC), he noted.

The UNICEF official welcomed the Vietnamese National Assembly’s approval of the Child Law in April 2016, which is expected to come into force in the coming time.

For her part, Vice President Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh spoke highly of UNICEF’s role in caring and protecting children, especially children infected with HIV/AIDS and migrant children.

The UNICEF constitutes a significant development partner of Vietnam with a lot of practical contributions to the country’s development and child protection, she said.

Vietnam will enhance cooperation with UNICEF and other UN organisations in implementing the sustainable development goals, including child care, protection and education, she affirmed.

The Vice President referred to a number of events that opened up new opportunities for stronger collaboration between Vietnam and UNICEF such as the international approval of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in 2015; Vietnam’s adoption of Child Law in April 2016; and the recent ratification of the bilateral cooperation programme for the 2017-2021 period.

She said Vietnam hopes to receive more support from UNICEF to fulfill the UN sustainable development goals and the millennium development goals in the time ahead.-VNA