Speech by UN Resident Coordinator, UNDP Resident Representative Ms. Pratibha Mehta Consultation workshop, Draft Viet Nam's 2015 MDG Report


Date: Friday, 7 August 2015

Event: Consultation workshop, Draft Viet Nam's 2015 MDG Report

Venue: Army Guest House, 33A Pham Ngu Lao St. Ha Noi

H.E. Mr. Nguyễn Thế Phương, Vice Minister of Ministry of Planning and Investment;


Representatives from Government ministries and agencies

Development partners, UN colleagues, Distinguished guests:

First of all, I would like to commend MPI leadership in producing Viet Nam's fifth and final 2015 MDG Progress Report and for organizing this consultation workshop.

15 years have passed since the UN Member States endorsed the Millennium Declaration, and Viet Nam embarked on the localization and implementation of MDGs, monitoring and reporting on its MDG progress.

Viet Nam' significant achievements in the implementation of MDGs are recognized widely by the international community. The country has made remarkable achievements in meeting MDG1, MDG2, MDG3, and MDG5 on poverty, education, gender equality, and maternal health. Significant progress has also been made toward achieving MDG4 on reducing child mortality.

The Vietnamese Government and entities, NGOs, and Vietnamese people all have very good reasons to be proud of these achievements.

The 15-year MDG journey, under MPI's leadership, has not only helped Viet Nam reduce poverty and improve basic health and education situation but has also resulted in building national and local capacity as well as in gaining experience , such as:

- The excellent communication and advocacy helped in popularizing MDGs in Viet Nam. Many Vietnamese people I had a chance to talk to at central, provincial and commune levels seem to know about the MDGs. This certainly helped the government in obtaining stakeholders' support for realizing the MDGs.

- Localizing MDGs as Viet Nam's Development Goals (VDGs) and their integration into the socio-economic development plans (SEDPs) and sectoral plans/programmes at both central and local levels enabled implementing MDGs as well as in mobilizing additional resource

- MDGs/VDGs integration into the national SEDP monitoring system led to improvement of the statistical system including data collection, dissemination and utilization for policy formulation and progress monitoring.

Indeed, these experiences have laid a solid foundation which will help Viet Nam to not only sustain results so far, but also in completing the unfinished work on MDGs, and in implementing the post-2015 SDGs.

This 2015 MDG report comes at a very critical time. Globally UN member states are concluding the 15-year MDG journey and are embarking on the new post-2015 development agenda of SDGs. At the same time, Viet Nam is formulating the new national 5-year SEDP. There are high expectations that this final national MDG report would inform the identification of development priorities and solutions to help complete the 'unfinished' MDG agenda (which is a component of the post-2015 development agenda) and to also realize the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which as you know, will be formally adopted by the UN/GA this September.

In this spirit, let me take the opportunity and offer a few suggestions to finalize the report which could provide direction in the formulation of the new SEDP:

First, in addition to emphasizing the solid progress and achievement, the report could also highlight the unfinished MDG agenda and underlying causes for lack of progress such as on (i) HIV/AIDS, stunting, environmental sustainability; (ii) unequal progress at sub-national level and across population groups, most notably ethnic minorities; and (iii) potential risks to sustaining MDGs achievements. This would help in identifying priorities and solutions and in setting targets in the new SEDP to comprehensively achieve MDGs to ensure no one is left behind.

Second, the report can benefit from analysis of lessons and experiences from 15-years of MDG implementation, coordination and monitoring and help in smoothly transitioning the SDGs.

The SDGs with 17 goals, 169 targets and hundreds of indicators would require greater efforts, not just in localization, prioritization but also in their implementation and monitoring which will require cross-sectoral approach, strengthened data system, multi-stakeholder partnerships and domestic resources

Let me end by once again congratulating Viet Nam for its tremendous progress on MDGs and commending MPI's role in coordinating the implementation, monitoring and reporting progress in a participatory and consultative manner. I look forward to constructive comments and inputs from national and international partners to help the Viet Nam's final MDGs report reach the quality that matches its remarkable progress in MDGs.