If we are to make sure that the MDGs are achieved in every village, city and province in Viet Nam, we still need to promote more sustainable, inclusive and equitable growth - growth that even the most vulnerable and marginalized in society can actively participate in, and benefit from.An op-ed by Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam as published in Viet Nam Net on 5 April 2013.
I’m sure you can visualize the agony of a runner who enters the last lap of a race in the lead, but in sight of the finishing line relaxes the pace, only to see another runner pass him by.
As the Secretary General, Ban Ki Moon has reminded us this week, today marks 1,000 days to the deadline to achieve the Millennium Development Goals. 13 years ago President of Viet Nam, Mr Tran Duc Luong was one of 189 World Leaders who gathered at the United Nations in New York to sign the Millennium Declaration, the springboard for setting eight aspirational but concrete goals. Together they pledged to cut global poverty and hunger by half, fight climate change and disease, tackle unsafe water and sanitation, expand education and open doors of opportunity for girls and women.