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Hanoi (VNA) – People’s organisations in Vietnam have launched long, mid and short-term programmes in poverty reduction, health care, education, environmental protection and gender equality, thus contributing to the fulfillment of Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), heard a workshop on April 8.

The organisations have also encouraged the participation of individuals and the community in the actualisation of the MDGs, said Bui Ba Binh of the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation (VPDF).

National programmes have kept the door wide open for the organisations, he said, adding that the State has also continuously improved its legal framework to facilitate efforts to call for sponsorship.

Delegates at the event discussed opportunities and challenges hindering Vietnam’s efforts towards sustainable development, such as the complicated international situation, the global economic uncertainty and the limited funds for work.

The workshop heard several reports reviewing Vietnam’s performance in the fields of environmental protection, employment and social welfare.

Jointly organised by the VPDF and ActionAid Vietnam, the event charted cooperation areas for Vietnamese people’s organisations and ministries, agencies and international organisations during the implementation of the SDGs, said VPDF Vice Chairman Trinh Ngoc Thai.

Hoang Phuong Thao, ActionAid Chief Representative in Vietnam, said the workshop affirmed the growth and prestige of Vietnamese people’s organisations in promulgating and realising the SDGs.

The SDGs, otherwise known as the Global Goals, build on the MDGs – eight anti-poverty targets that the world committed to achieving by 2015. The SDGs, adopted in 2000, aim to deal with an array of issues such as poverty, hunger, diseases, gender inequality, and access to water and sanitation.-VNA