Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong (Photo: VNA)
 
 
New York (VNA) –The Government of Vietnam issued a National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in May this year, which demonstrates Vietnam's determination and responsibility for achieving the global SDGs, a Vietnamese official said.

Addressing the High Level Segment of the High-level Political Forum (HLPF) of the UN ECOSOC 2017 in New York on July 17, Vice-Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen The Phuong said the country has also reviewed 232 indicators established by the Statistical Commission to assess their feasibility in the global monitoring and evaluation framework. The results show that 129 indicators are feasible to the country.
“We are sparing no efforts in order to issue our own statistic indicators in 2018,” the deputy minister said, adding that Vietnam is now also developing a voluntary national report for the review at HLPF 2018.

The official stressed that Vietnam always considers sustainable development as a common goal in the country's development strategy, and remains committed to successfully implement the SDGs.

According to him, Vietnam’s achievements in socio – economic development after more than three decades of Doi Moi, including the fruitful implementation of many MDGs, created solid foundation for realising SDGs.

He added that however, the implementation of SDGs in the country faces significant challenges, including the lack of financial resources due to significantly decreased ODA and limited monitoring and evaluating capacity, especially statistical data.

Therefore, in addition to national endeavors, Vietnam needs international support, in both financial and non - financial terms, in such areas as employment, health, education, economic development, environment and reduction of inequality in income and living conditions, Phuong said.

At global level, Vietnam believes that maintaining peace and security on the basis of respect for international law, intensifying development cooperation among nations, strengthening global partnerships, incorporating multi-stakeholder participation, mobilising and sharing knowledge, experience, technology and finance are crucial to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda and leave no one behind, the Vietnam representative told the session.-VNA