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Vietnam has long considered the implementation of the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) national targets of socio-economic development and living condition improvement. 

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung made the statement at a workshop on September 21 in Hanoi reviewing MDG implementation over the past 15 years. The event was jointly organised by the ministry and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP). 

Vietnam has developed a number of initiatives and approaches through international experience consultations in MDG implementation, Dung said. 

Over the past 15 years, the country has reaped significant achievements in education, gender equality, public healthcare and climate change adaptation. 

Measures have been devised to ensure sustainable development with a focus on improving living conditions for disadvantaged people. 

Specific MDG targets have been included in other national strategies and socio-economic development programmes. 

Representative from the UNDP Pratibha Mehta hailed the key role of the ministry in implementing the MDGs over the past 15 years. 

She said that few countries have accomplished such significant achievements and attributed them to Vietnam’s continuous and effective efforts. 

International experts suggested Vietnam promote its outcomes while mobilising different resources and using them effectively during implementation. 

They also called for more communication campaigns to raise community awareness of MDG implementation.-VNA