Vietnam launches action plan to reach Agenda 2030 goals

The Ministry of Planning and Investment held a conference on July 7 to roll out the implementation of the National Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Action Plan.

The conference on the National Action Plan to reach Vietnam's national SDGs

"The National Action Plan on the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development was signed by the prime minister in May 2017. This is the legal foundation for Vietnam to realise its international commitments and contribute to global sustainable development," said Nguyen The Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment.

The Action Plan includes 17 SDGs with 115 targets covering all three dimensions of sustainability-socio-economics, and environment and will prove a challenge. Key tasks will be implemented during two periods, 2017-2020 and 2021-2030.

Addressing the event, Kamal Malhotra, United Nations (UN) Resident Coordinator in Vietnam, said that the message of "leaving no one behind"—the focus in the action plan cannot be achieved without collective action from the government, development partners, political-social organisations, and other stakeholders.

Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam emphasised that ensuring sustainable development is the task of the government, ministries, businesses, and the people alike. The implementation requires responsibilities assigned to each ministry, agencies, and close cooperation among ministries, between the government and the people, and between Vietnam and other countries and international organisations.

"The government will mobilise all resources and prioritise the implementation of social-economic tasks towards sustainable development. Vietnam wishes to get support from international organisations in realising its SDGs," he added.

In September 2015, the UN General Assembly adopted Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the SDGs. The Agenda 2030 contains a set of 17 goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved by 2030.

In Vietnam, the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) is responsible for the coordination of the implementation, monitoring, and reporting on the Agenda 2030.

In the framework of the programme "Initiating the implementation of the 2030 Agenda" of the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development, GIZ will provide support to the Vietnamese government in strengthening their capacities in monitoring and reporting on Agenda 2030.

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By Bich Thuy