Date: Tuesday, 14 June 2011
Event: Dissemination Conference on the Publications of the 2009 Viet Nam Population and Housing Census
Venue: Ha Noi Daewoo Hotel, 360 Kim Ma street, Ha Noi
Representatives of Government organizations, NGOs, International organizations, donor agencies and the international and national media
My Fellow UN Colleagues,
Ladies and gentlemen,
I am very honored to be here representing the United Nations (UN) at this conference to disseminate this valuable set of publications based on the 2009 Viet Nam Population and Housing Census. This is an extremely important event for those who will be using the census data within the country, including ministries, research institutes, policy makers, international organizations and analysts from around the world.
I would like to congratulate the Government of Viet Nam and the General Statistical Office (GSO) for the success of this intensive process, as well as the people who have supported and assisted in collecting, analyzing and disseminating the census data.
The 2009 census has received significant attention and investment by the Party and the Government of Viet Nam and has been well supported during its implementation by individual households and the media. The documents being disseminated today, which follow the publication of the final census results last year, are indeed robust, and provide an excellent evidence base for development programming. Furthermore, they confirm GSO’s capacity to orchestrate large-scale population-based surveys, including efficient and effective data collection, processing, analysis and dissemination.
I would like to take this opportunity to also thank our UNFPA colleagues for their technical support to the GSO during the entire census process as well as the entire UN country team, many of whom also collaborated with GSO, during data collection, analysis and dissemination.
Today’s conference is important, not only for those of us who had the good fortune to participate in the data collection, but more importantly for those who will be using this information within the country and around the world. Furthermore, it is a great opportunity for data users to exchange observations about the key findings from the census with data producers and monograph teams.
The 2009 census has provided us with a wealth of information on the social, cultural, economic status and living conditions of different population groups: men, women, children, youth, ethnic minorities, migrants, etc... Population dynamics influence every aspect of human, social and economic development. We need to bear in mind the importance of the information collected in the recent Population and Housing Census and from other reliable sources, and ensure that it is utilized as evidence for measuring progress towards achieving the goals set out in all sectoral development plans as well as the SEDP and MDGs. Having a better understanding of the nature and trend of demographic changes will help the government formulate better socio-economic planning not only at the central level, but at all administrative levels throughout the country.
The monographs disseminated today analyze data on a series of highly relevant topics for Viet Nam “population projections” ‘education and training’, ‘migration and urbanization’, ‘population structure and marital status’ and “sex ratio at birth”. These monographs have been completed by national demographers who have substantial experience in analyzing census data. We strongly recommend that Government agencies, ministries, UN and international organizations, research bodies and other key stakeholders utilize this valuable data to the fullest extent possible.
In closing, I would like to reiterate the critical importance of utilizing data from the census and other sources to establish sound baselines against which development progress can be measured.
And I believe the 2009 Population and Housing Census is a very good example of how detailed data should be collected, analyzed and utilized to undertake more robust development planning.
On behalf of the entire UN Country Team, I would like to pledge our full commitment, within the context of the One Plan for 2012-2016, to continued support to the Government of Viet Nam in strengthening the evidence base required for effective planning and monitoring of development policy and program interventions.
I wish you all have a productive and fruitful workshop. Xin cam on
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