Vietnam Promotes Rights of Persons with Disabilities: Minister Counsellor
|Vocational training for persons with disabilities in Binh Duong province. Photo: VNA|
Addressing the 15th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York on June 14-15, Minister Counsellor Le Thi Minh Thoa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, affirmed that the country has always attached importance to promoting and protecting the rights and interests of PwDs in the principles of equality and non-discrimination.
This has also mainstreamed PwD-related issues in the national development framework, she said, as cited by VietnamPlus.
Vietnam has continuously strived to create a favorable environment for PwDs to not only enjoy benefits but also have opportunities to take part in the decision-making and contribute to social development, she noted.
|Minister Counsellor Le Thi Minh Thoa, Deputy Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN. Photo: dangcongsan.vn|
The country’s ratification of the CRPD and the International Labour Organisation (ILO) Convention 159 on vocational rehabilitation and employment for PwDs is a demonstration of its commitment to ensuring workers are not discriminated in the workplace.
Under the national program on PwDs for 2021 - 2030, millions of PwDs, including children, have received care at social protection establishments while all persons with special disabilities have been covered with health insurance.
Besides, there are 20 educational and integration support centers, 107 special educational centers for disabled children, 256 training establishments for PwDs, and 400 PwD-owned businesses at present.
In her remarks, Thoa underlined Vietnam’s pledge to cooperate with the international community to guarantee an equal, inclusive, and sustainable future for all that leaves no one behind.
|The 15th session of the Conference of States Parties to the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) in New York. Photo: VNA|
Vietnam’s HDI sees improvements in 2016 – 2020
Vietnam’s Human Development Index (HDI) advanced to 0.706 in 2020 from 0.682 in 2016, enabling the country to join the High Human Development group, according to the General Statistics Office (GSO).
A report on HDI from 2016 – to 2020 of the office said the index’s indicators saw improvements during the period.
The 2020 Human Development Report released by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) also shows that Vietnam’s HDI value for 2019 is 0.704, putting the country in the high human development category and positioning it at 117 out of 189 countries and territories.
Between 1990 – 2019, the country’s HDI value increased by almost 46 percent, which is among the highest HDI growth rates in the world. /.
The Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities was adopted by the General Assembly by its resolution 61/106 of 13 December 2006. It came into force on May 3, 2008 upon the 20th ratification.
Article 40 of the Convention stipulates that “The States Parties shall meet regularly in a Conference of States Parties in order to consider any matter with regard to the implementation of the present Convention.”
Since 2008, 15 Conference of States Parties sessions have been held at United Nations Headquarters, New York.
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