Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Government of Vietnam is determined to fulfill the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam told Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Achim Steiner on June 27.

Dam hosted a reception for Steiner when the UNDP official has been on a visit to Vietnam to attend the 6th Global Environment Facility Assembly (GEF-6) held in Da Nang on June 27 and 28.

Dam and Steiner exchanged views on the current major priorities of Vietnam, the UNDP and the UN in general. The two officials agreed on the need to further deepen the cooperation between Vietnam and the UNDP and to focus all necessary resources to effectively implement the 2030 Agenda.

The Deputy PM updated his guest on the National Action Plan on the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted by the Government of Vietnam last year, featuring 115 specific goals. He also mentioned Vietnam’s efforts to boost economic growth in tandem with the advancement of social equality and environmental protection.

Dam discussed with the UNDP administrator about challenges faced by Vietnam in coping with climate change, ensuring sustainable development and narrowing the development gap among residential communities, expecting that the UN and the UNDP will continue backing and cooperating with Vietnam in the era of Industry 4.0.

Steiner, for his part, congratulated Vietnam on the impressive socio-economic development and lauded it as a leading nation in implementing the One UN Programme. Steine said he wants Vietnam to continue supporting the UN’s reform process.

The offcial affirmed that the UNDP looks forward to closer partnership with Vietnam in the time ahead with the focus on policy management consultation, strategy building and leadership skills.

In addition, he suggested that the two sides should look into the possibility of cooperating in making policies on insurance, including environmental insurance, health insurance and climate change insurance.

In the era of Industry 4.0 and automation, governments needs to develop smart policies and human resources and encourage the participation of the private sector, particularly small and medium-sized enterprises, Steiner added.-VNA