People’s involvement discussed at MDGs-SDGs Roundtable

People’s involvement discussed at MDGs-SDGs Roundtable
Themed “From Millennium to Sustainable Development Goals: Issues confronting Vietnam and Involvement of People’s Organizations”, a Roundtable was held in Hanoi on 8 April, drawing in representatives of many NGOs and government ministries.
The event was jointly sponsored by the Vietnam Peace and Development Foundation (VPDF) and ActionAid Vietnam.
Presentations at the Roundtable included:
- “Implementation of MDGs in Vietnam – Results and Lessons”, by Trần Quốc Phong, Deputy Director-General, Department of Labor, Culture and Social Affairs, Ministry of Planning and Investment;
- “Participation and Coordination of Vietnamese People’s Organizations in the Implementation of MDGs and Lessons Learnt”, by Bùi Bá Bình, member, VPDF Council;
- “From MDGs to SDGs”, by Nguyễn Bùi Linh, UNDP Vietnam Office;
- “MDGs vs SDGs – Opportunities and Challenges for Vietnam”, by Vũ Quang Anh, Director-General, Department of International Organizations, Ministry of Foreign Affairs;
- “Implementation of SDGs related to Environment -- Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges for Vietnam”, by Hoàng Hồng Hạnh, Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment;
- “Implementation of SDGs related to Labor and Social Security – Prospects, Opportunities and Challenges for Vietnam”, by Lê Kim Dung, Director-General, Department of International Cooperation, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs.
From the presentations and ensuing discussions, the following remarks and recommendations were underlined:
- Vietnam has implemented successfully the MDGs, and significant reasons have been the Government’s political commitment and the community’s active involvement.
- Compared with MDGs, implementation of SDGs requires a really comprehensive solution, with a still broader participation by government ministries, business sectors and other stakeholders, a deeper awareness, and larger resources.
- Vietnamese people’s organizations are to build on lessons learnt from MDGs’ implementation, promote their proactiveness, and strive for a more fruitful involvement.
- It is advisable for the Government to enforce formal mechanisms and reserve concrete resources for people’s organizations to get involved in SDGs’ implementation./.