delegation aligns itself with the Statement made by Distinguished
Representative of Myanmar on behalf of ASEAN.
been 26 years since Viet Nam started to implement the Convention on the Rights
of the Child along with its First and Second Optional Protocols. We have
enacted legislations, created mechanisms and taken measures to safeguard the best interests
April, our National Assembly adopted the Child Law which will come into effect
in mid-2017 and replace the current Law on the Protection, Care and Education
of Children. Complimented by relevant legal instruments, including the
Education Law and the Law on Gender Equality, this law lays down a solid legal
framework to ensure that all children are equally treated and their rights
protected. In June 2016, the
Prime Minister approved the National Programme of Action on Prevention and
Elimination of Child Labor for the next five years.
We also established the National Fund for Children to mobilize domestic
and international resources for the implementation of goals for children.
The Government pays great
attention in supporting poor children, children with disabilities and ethnic
minority children. We strongly believe that even the most disadvantaged children
can reach their full potential when we ensure equal development for them.
On the occasion of the 9th Conference of State Parties to the CRPD,
Viet Nam was excited, in collaboration with the United States, to screen the
documentary “Chau, Beyond the Lines”
telling a story of a
Vietnamese teenager disable by Agent Orange/Dioxin
who realizes his dream and becomes a true artist by painting with his mouth.
The full participation of
children is essential not only for themselves but also to help develop
child-sensitive legislation and strategies. The Government and local
authorities organize Children Forums regularly where children can express their
views on matters of interests. This activity indeed helps to increase funding
for child-related activities in various sectors, including health, education,
culture and sport.
Our efforts have yielded
important results. We universalized primary education
and move towards universal secondary education. Gender inequality in access to
education has been fundamentally eliminated. Infant and child mortality
rates have halved since 1990.
Children are our future. For the future we want, children must
be at the center of our actions today. Globally, we have reduced child mortality, increased school
enrollment, created better opportunities for girls and given children greater
voice. These are solid foundation and strong momentum for us to thrive for the
right of children in implementing the 2030 Agenda, particularly target 16.2 on
ending all forms of violence against children.
contrast, the reality for children around the world is still fall short of the
commitments we made. Hundreds of millions are living in extreme poverty and
lacking opportunities for quality education, proper health and social care. Children
are still among the most vulnerable victims of armed conflicts and victims to
violence, sexual abuse and backward customs.
redouble our efforts to address these challenges. While taking the primary
responsibility, States, especially developing countries, cannot do it alone and
partnerships are essential. My delegation commends UN system, particularly the UNICEF,
for their excellent work in supporting countries in this endeavor. We urge them
to continue to do so. Viet Nam, on its part, remains committed to
achieving “A World fit for Children”.
I thank you, Madame Chair./.