Vietnam takes action realising MDGs 2030 (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – Vietnam’s National Action Plan to implement the Agenda 2030 is an important milestone, affirming the country’s pioneer role in realising sustainable development goals (MDGs) and implementing international commitments, an UN official has said.

Addressing a conference held by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MoPI) in Hanoi on July 7, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra affirmed that the UN’s agencies will work closely with Vietnam to help the country early gain goals set in the plan.  
In his speech, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam underlined the importance to promote economic development in connection with environmental protection, and give priority to vulnerable groups.

The plan, issued in May this year, is a legal basis for Vietnam to implement its commitments to the international community, thus responsibly contributing to global joint efforts towards sustainable development, he said.

According to MoPI Deputy Minister Nguyen The Phuong, the plan features 17 general sustainable development goals and 115 targets for Vietnam. It was built in consultation with relevant agencies, and will be performed in the periods of 2017-2020 and 2021-203.

In the coming time, Vietnam will focus on perfecting institutions and policies, increasing public awareness of MDGs, enhancing high-quality human resources development, and mobilising internal and external financial sources for the scheme, he revealed.

Effective implementation of MDGs will help push strongly poverty reduction effort, ensure social welfare, protect the environment and effectively adapt to climate change, he said, adding that Vietnam needs financial assistance from the international community to fulfil the work.

Christian Berger, German Ambassador to Vietnam, said the action plan is an important tool targeting a balanced economic growth, a social harmonisation, and environmental protection in the country.

He also highlighted the strategic relations between his country and Vietnam, saying that Germany is supporting Vietnam in implementing the Agenda 2030 via the Macroeconomic Reforms/ Green Growth Programme, and the Paris Agreement on climate change.-VNA