New York 4 October 2010 Mr.
Since this is the first time I take
the floor at the Third Committee, I wish to congratulate you and other members
of the Bureau on your elections and assure you of my Delegation’s full support
and cooperation in your conduct of the work of the Committee. I thank the
Secretary-General for his comprehensive reports on this agenda item.
My Delegation associates itself with the statements made earlier
by the Representative of Argentina on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and
by the Representative of Malaysia on behalf of ASEAN.
the world economy has not yet fully recovered from the 2008-2009 global
financial crisis, already, it is in danger of falling into “a new danger zone” with “a
recovery that is much weaker than was predicted” as
many countries are struggling with public debts, fiscal deficit, high inflation
rates, unemployment risks and unsustainable recovery. Enormous challenges with
imminent serious consequences remain for some countries and for the
international community as a whole, among them the increasingly devastating and
widespread natural disasters, let alone the emerging political and security
instability in many parts of the world. I share the Secretary-General’s comment
in his report that all this has proven to be “a major impediment to the implementation
of international social development goals, including the Millennium Development
Goals and the goals of the World Summit for Social Development”, when many
countries, developed and developing countries alike, are forced to reduce
social spending, resulting in setbacks reported in many areas.
aware of the imperative to ensure the best livelihoods for the population given
the current level of physical and economic development of the country so as to
motivate their best contributions to nation-building, the Vietnamese Government
has made hard efforts in maintaining a balance between economic growth and social
development. This is particularly
evident over the past few years when we have worked our utmost to overcome the
negative impacts of the financial crisis and maintain economic growth while
improving the quality of life, health-care and education for the people.
a result, while Viet Nam’s total domestic product per capita in 2010 was about three
times higher than that of 2000, the national poverty rate was brought down from
22% in 2005 to 9.45% in 2010. Access to better quality basic healthcare
services has improved. Deaths from infectious diseases were reduced in number. Major
epidemics have been promptly controlled. Over 93.7% of children are vaccinated against
dangerous diseases. Child malnutrition rates have gone from 33.8% down to 18%.
All forms of child labor exploitation, abuse and trafficking are strictly prohibited.
Social welfare and social security programs have enjoyed great attention and
gradually expanded. Health insurance coverage has grown almost 5 times 2000 and
2010 respectively. Progress continues to register in gender equality. The
number of women in the National Assembly and holding important positions in the
political system keep increasing. Viet Nam has accomplished most of the MDGs
ahead of the 2015 deadline. Mr. Chairman, over the course of our development
towards these achievements, we have received the invaluable support, assistance
and cooperation from United Nations agencies and many other development partners
and the international community at large.
to fully maintain the development momentum, Viet Nam has to successfully deal
with many difficulties and challenges. They include the inadequate
infrastructure and low competitiveness of the economy, the need to ensure the
fulfilment of all MDGs in all parts of the country and benefiting people of all
walks of life. As one among the countries of the world to be worst hit by
climate change and sea water level rise, our failure to mitigate and adapt will
mean hard-earned gains set back, and endeavours to accomplish MDGs hindered. At
the same time, stronger development in education and health-care services are required
to meet the demand of the people. In that context, the implementation of 2011-2020
Strategy on Socio-economic Development and its 5 Year Plan, the 2011-2020
Strategy on Social Security, etc. plays a crucial role.
the financial crisis did not originate from developing countries, their
economies were not immune to this turmoil, and the poorest countries are the
most vulnerable to the vicissitudes of the global economy. It is, therefore,
extremely important for the international community to develop new practical
and appropriate initiatives and strengthen solidarity and cooperation to assist
developing countries in overcoming the challenges and difficulties they are
facing and in striving for social development, especially when the MDGs 2015
deadline is around the corner. On our part, we would like to reaffirm Viet
Nam’s commitment to the Copenhagen Declaration and Program of Action, as well
as the initiatives for social development adopted by the General Assembly at
the 24th special session.
I thank you, Mr. Chairman./.