Representatives from 17 countries in Asia-Pacific are gathering at a regional conference on public finance, social policies and children in Hanoi from Sept. 24-26.

The event, co-organised by the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam and the Ministry of Finance, focuses on how to address poverty and inequality through quality investment in children.

At a press conference on Sept. 24, Daniel Toole, UNICEF Director for Asian-Pacific region, said that the region has made great progress in improving children’s health and their families’ living standard over the past two decades, thanks to socio economic development with stable financial resource.

Deputy Finance Minister Truong Chi Trung said that this is the first time UNICEF and Vietnam gathered ministries of finance, education, health and labour in the region at the conference, with the aim to assist their governments in making and implementing policies targeting children.

During the three-day event, the participants will discuss the relation between public finance and social policies, and seek solutions to narrow the development gap and reduce poverty.

They will also share valuable experiences in how national socio-economic policies help improve children’s lives in their own country./.