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Statement on Agenda Item 24: Eradication of poverty and other development issues at the Second Committee of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly
11-07-2012, 09:50 am

Ms. Minh T. Vu,

Third Secretary,

Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam

to the United Nations

 

Agenda Item 24:  Eradication of poverty and other development issues at the Second Committee of the 67th Session of the United Nations General Assembly

                                      (New York, November 5th, 2012)

 

Mr. Chairman,

          My delegation associates itself with the statement made by the distinguished representative from Algeria on behalf of the Group of 77 and China and by the distinguished representative from Indonesia on behalf of ASEAN on the discussion of agenda item 24 (a).

          Mr. Chairman,

          Viet Nam holds the central role of the United Nations in development activities in high regard, especially in drawing global attention and mobilizing international efforts to eradicate poverty, most remarkably through the formulation of the Millennium Development Goals. The achievement by many countries in reducing half of their population living in extreme poverty, besides the staunch determination of these countries, reaffirms the co-ordination role of the UN in poverty eradication efforts by the international community through setting norms and standards and through its own operational activities.

          My delegation would like to thank the Secretary General for his comprehensive report on the Implementation of the Second United Nations Decade for the Eradication of Poverty 2008-2017, which raised very relevant and major issues on poverty eradication in the world today. Viet Nam shares the concern that the rate of decline in many countries has not been sufficient to reduce the absolute number of people living in extreme poverty and in the context of fragile and uncertain global economic outlook and rising food prices, greater pressures will be exerted on poverty eradication across countries. In this connection, Viet Nam calls on the international community to remain persistent and committed to poverty eradication efforts in diverse forms, from development aid to trade facilitation, debt relief and technical transfer, with particular attention attached to countries in special situations.

          On our part, Viet Nam has witnessed significant success in achieving the MDG target of extreme poverty reduction. The number of people living in extreme poverty decreased by 75% between 1990 and 2010, a reflection of the strong political will and sound policies by the State of Viet Nam in our socio-economic development path. However, as a new lower-middle-income country and in face of declining development assistance and global economic vulnerabilities, Viet Nam is confronted with numerous challenges common to other MICs, including slower decline rate of poverty, risks of poverty relapse and pressures of stable job creation.

          In this evolving landscape, Viet Nam has brought forth new and long-term strategy to poverty eradication. The government devised a Resolution on sustainable poverty reduction framework for the period of 2011-2020 which will focus on assisting the most vulnerable groups, including poor households, people with disabilities, people from ethnic minorities, women and children.  The measures are wide-ranging, with an emphasis on investment in infrastructure for poor areas, agricultural assistance policies, preferential credit for poor households and housing provision for low-income families especially in urban areas.  Despite economic difficulties, in 2012 the Government of Viet Nam still maintains high levels of spending on social welfare and poverty has declined steadily by 2%. In the time ahead, Viet Nam will continue to promote social protection and create stable and decent work alongside stimulating economic growth. These will serve as the basis for the direction of sustainable poverty reduction in the future. In this connection, we would like to thank the ILO for the support and co-operation with Viet Nam to improve people’s access to decent work and income opportunities.

          Viet Nam is grateful for the assistance by the United Nations and the international community extended to Viet Nam in our mutual quest for poverty eradication for the past 30 years. Viet Nam remains strongly committed to this challenging endeavor and stands ready to share our best practices and work with the international community on common poverty reduction efforts. 



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