Statement by HE Ambassador Bui The Giang, Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam, at the UNICEF Executive Board’s Review of Country Programs
09-15-2009, 04:58 pm
by HE Ambassador Bui The Giang,
Deputy Permanent Representative of Viet Nam,
at the UNICEF Executive Board’s Review of Country Programs
New York, 15 September 2009
I am grateful to you, the Executive
Director and the Regional Director for Asia-Pacific for the regional review
reports, particularly the one on Viet Nam country program. I am also
appreciative of UNICEF’s objective evaluation of Viet Nam’s implementation of its
Viet Nam-UNICEF Cooperation Program for 2006-2010 almost totally coincides with
5-year socio-economic development plan for 2005-2010, the review of the
implementation of the two exercises has provided us with a chance to see what
has been successful, what remains challenging and what needs to be done on the
way forward. In this connection, I highly value UNICEF for its switch of focus
to assisting Viet Nam
in strategic policy planning, which will be helpful for the formation of a legal
framework and system in support of child rights implementation in general.
Recalling the overall objective of
the Viet Nam-UNICEF cooperation program for 2006-2010 which is to enhance the protection
of the rights of children and women in Viet Nam’s
national renewal and international integration process, we believe this
objective will continue to effectively serve the current rapid transition in Viet Nam. Guided
by such an objective and when well coordinated, joint programs and projects
will enable UN agencies to make full use of their comparative advantages to
produce desired results. Here, “Delivering As One” represents an effective tool
to pool together the increasingly scarce resources to promote child rights in
the country. At the same time, given the fact that the rights-based approach
was already proclaimed as an overarching principle in the designing of all
programs and projects under the National Cooperation Program, we wish to see this
approach more dynamically concretized in the implementation of specific programs
Regarding young people being the key target
group of UNICEF-related programs and projects, it is encouraging that progress
has been registered in inter-agency activities to respond to emergency
situations and to combat HIV/AIDS, particularly among children. The Provincial
Child Friendship Program has also been successful in facilitating broader
participation in the decentralization process. Of course, the success would
have been greater if more consistent support had been given from the central
level to the local level and if more attention had been paid to expertise
build-up and planning.
some 20 years enjoying political stability and a high economic growth rate of
6-8% annually, Viet Nam
is now setting for itself the target of becoming a middle income country by
2012. For this to be materialized, apart from our own all-out efforts, we will
need the continued support, assistance and cooperation from the international
community, of whom UNICEF is a major player. To ensure higher efficiency and
effectiveness of the Viet Nam-UNICEF cooperation, allow me to suggest the
First, we’d like to see the national
program of the coming cycle reconfigured in such a way that it integrates the
Vietnamese Government’s priorities and strategies for children, particularly those
for child survival and development, in the fields of heathcare, education, prevention
of child accidents, clean water and environmental sanitation. In this
connection, UNICEF can champion as a provider of child-related knowledge rather
than a service provider.
advocacy should be highly selective and well planned to focus on child rights
and monitoring their implementation.
Third, it is recommended that UNICEF review
to come up with more appropriate areas and strategies of operation, especially
in the context of “Delivering As One”, with a view to the best possible effect.
Fourth, in the
same vein, it is also recommended that UNICEF better identify its key partners
and design plans to help them enhance their capacity.
Fifth, given the multi-partner
involvement in the program, it would be best for UNICEF to concentrate on
priority issues of children and allow concerned partners to play their best roles
when they have a cutting-edge advantage. In such situations, UNICEF can best support
the Government by playing its role as a coordinator.
Sixth, as far
as capacity development is concerned, knowledge and capacity of institutional
analysis should serve as the basis for elaborating capacity development plans
which should focus more on partners’ capacity or institutional arrangements
than single issues.
greater efforts should be made in analyzing, planning and designing integrated communication
activity packages aimed at changing children’s understanding about and behavior
toward family, education, prevention of child injuries and accidents, water and
the designing, monitoring and evaluation of pilot projects should be conducted
on account of their performance, efficiency, cost-effectiveness and
Last, it will be reasonable for the
national program to engage to an appropriate extent in general youth and gender
issues, while mainly focusing on activities related to friendship schools,
adolescents and life skills education.
As we move forward on our path of
development, we are fully aware of the many challenges facing our children.
They include the uneven levels of development among different regions of the
country as highlighted by the Regional Director’s report. They further include
the weak social security system, the increased flux of young workers into urban
areas leaving their children in rural areas exposed to the likelihood of abuse,
exploitation, trafficking and neglect,
to name a few. Against such a backdrop, the cooperation with and assistance
from UNICEF – with its pool of expertise, experience, and financial resources –
will be extremely important for our children. Nearly 40 years ago, the war was
raging in Viet Nam.
As a person who fought the war and who have witnessed children suffering from this
devastating war then and now, I believe our children today deserve a better
life. Such a life can only be possible thanks to contributions by all. And a
more productive and effective program of cooperation resulting from this review
session will be one such contribution.