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Vietnam hopes for more UN assistance in realising SDGs

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President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan (R) and UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam wishes to receive more support from the UN to fulfill its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), President of the Vietnam Fatherland Front (VFF) Central Committee Nguyen Thien Nhan told UN Resident Coordinator Pratibha Mehta during their meeting in Hanoi on May 25.

The VFF leader said although Vietnam has become a middle-income nation, the country still faces a slew of difficulties.

Therefore, he stressed, along with the Vietnamese Government’s resolve and endeavours, support given by the international community, including the UN, is significant to help the nation reach the SDGs.

Vietnam highly appreciates and backs the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Nhan said, explaining that the agenda has encompassed three pillars of sustainable development – economy, society and environment.

The VFF leader noted that Vietnam’s achievements in actualising the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) will create a firm foundation for the country to realise the SDGs.

Vietnam always attaches importance to cooperation with the UN and appreciates the organisation’s support for national socio-economic development, especially through its development agencies in the country, he said.

As an active and responsible member of the UN, Vietnam has implemented the “One UN” initiative while carrying out its responsibilities as a member of the Human Rights Council and the Economic and Social Council, he said, adding that his country is preparing to join peace-keeping operations.

Pratibha Mehta, for her part, said issues raised by her host are in conformity with strategies that the UN is building.

The UN is due to help all Vietnamese people benefit from SDGs in the next 15 years, she said, stressing the VFF’s role in mobilising the participation of people from all walks of life on the path towards sustainable development.

The initiative to measures public satisfaction about State agencies’ services and public administration via phone, as well as the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI), have proven effective in Vietnam and should be rolled out on a larger scale, she said.-VNA
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