Vietnam: A Pioneer in Achieving United Nations Development Goals
Vietnam is not only the earliest country to complete 5 out of 8 Millennium Goals (MDGs) but has also developed a National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda with 17 Sustainable Development Goals for sustainable development and 115 specific goals suitable for its development conditions and priorities. Vietnam is becoming a model in pioneering commitment and implementation of the United Nations development goals, which are highly appreciated by the international community.
A Thoat, a member of the Xo Dang ethnic group in Te Pen village, Dak Tram commune, Dak To district, Kon Tum province, did not hesitate to cross many kilometers of forest roads to bring his little daughter to the commune health station for a COVID-19 test.
"This morning, I was going to take my child to school, but the teacher announced that the class was closed," said A Thoat. "As a precaution, I took my daughter here to do a quick test first. At the clinic, the staff enthusiastic guided us, so we were pleased."
Many years ago, the people of Xo Dang like A Thoat would use folk remedies such as inviting a shaman to expel "ghosts" and treat illness at home, but now his perception and that of most people in this village have changed. If they are sick, they all go to the commune health center or have medical staff visit their homes.
Y Nit, a resident of Dak Tram commune, is impressed by the Health Station.
"When the villagers came to the Health Station, we were thoroughly examined and treated by doctors," said Y Nit. "Everyone started to eat cooked food, drink boiled water, build houses, and sanitize themselves according to the Anyone of doctors and nurses. In order to prevent illnesses, the other villagers and I all wear masks when we go out on the street. Anyone who has a fever, coughs, or is tired should immediately report it to a medical professional."
Kon Tum has a wide and effective medical network with 10 district health centers, 99 commune health stations, wards, and towns. Thanks to the gratitude of the medical team, people's have been improved by 99%, thereby increasing the rate of ethnic minority receiving medical examination and treatment, reducing the rate of patients dying from superstition, and meeting the criteria for public health development based on the standards set by the United Nations.
Kon Tum is just one of many provinces that have achieved many health care goals, especially for ethnic minorities. These goals are among the millennium goals that Vietnam has committed to the United Nations.
Associate Professor Phan Le Thu Hang, Director of the project management unit for investment in construction and development of the local health system, Ministry of Health stated: "The United Nations and the international community see Vietnam as an ideal model in achieving the Millennium Development Goals with the strategy of prioritizing disease prevention over cure, we have seen efforts from the political system, the support of the community and a system of grassroots health networks, effective operation of the preventive healthcare system".
To the United Nations report, Vietnam is one of the few countries to achieve the Millennium Development Goals early, namely: eradicating extreme poverty, universalizing primary education, promoting gender equality, empowering women, and raising the standards of public healthcare. Vietnam is also offering its remaining targets in the National Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda. Vietnam has set a roadmap for the implementation of 17 sustainable development goals and 115 specific goals in line with the country's development priorities and conditions.
Vietnam has also ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change, committed to the 2015-2030 Disaster Risk Reduction Framework, and is currently making its National Self-Determination Contribution with the goal of reducing gas emissions by 8%. glass by 2030, or by 25% with international support.
Kamal Malhotra, who served as the UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam for the period 2018-2022, commented: "If we talk about the results of the past 10 years, Vietnam can be considered as self-sufficient. Vietnam can feel proud to be at the forefront of the implementation of the United Nations Goals, and Vietnam always reaches many goals quite early. Vietnam is strongly committed to leaving no one behind as well as to the sustainable development goals for the future."
With its pioneering role in the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals and the Sustainable Development Goals of the United Nations, Vietnam is considered an important partner of the largest organization on the planet, as stated by the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres; "Vietnam has always been the strongest partner of the UN since its accession in 1977. Your leading role in achieving the Millennium Development Goals is a solid foundation that will help you implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The vision and aspirations of sustainable development. development goals will become more important than ever as we recover from the Covid-19 pandemic and we are making important contributions in favor of sustainable peace."
The results in 45 years of joining the United Nations show that Vietnam has really transformed, from a mere participating member to becoming a strong and reliable partner of the United Nations for peace and sustainable development on a global scale.
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