The High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF) is an annual forum in which countries present their Voluntary National Reviews (VNR) reporting on progress made against the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). This year, Viet Nam is one of the 48 countries presenting its VNR at the Forum. The Government of Viet Nam, led by the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), the National Coordinating Agency on SDGs and Agenda 2030, summarized the main results of the implementation of Viet Nam’s National Action Plan for Sustainable Development, while pointing out major challenges that may be encountered in the future. Representatives from many social and civil society organizations in Viet Nam have brought the voices of disadvantaged groups to the forum.
Social organizations in Viet Nam emphasized that Viet Nam was very successful in achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), but to achieve the SDGs the Government of Viet Nam will need to overcome many challenges, especially addressing inequality – including gender inequality – and further marginalization of the left-behind groups in Viet Nam, such as people with disabilities and ethnic minorities. The challenges of managing natural resources and the environment and the lack of inclusion of social organizations in the implementation of the SDGs were also highlighted in the Statement by Vietnamese NGOs, civil society and social organizations in responding to the Government’s national report.
With its substantial progress in implementing the SDGs to date, Vietnam should be congratulated on volunteering to undertake the VNR in 2018. Civil society working in Vietnam would like to raise some concerns and questions in response. More detail is in our written statement.
MSD would like the share with you the VNR Statement as following:
(Download the full version here)