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STATEMENT By Mr. Nguyen Duy Thanh, Second Secretary Permanent Mission of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam at the Third Committee of the 71st Session of the General Assembly Agenda Item 65 – Rights of Children
10-16-2016, 08:47 pm

Madame Chair,

My delegation aligns itself with the Statement made by Distinguished Representative of Myanmar on behalf of ASEAN.

It has 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 of children.

Last 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.

Madame Chair,

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.

In 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.

We must 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./.

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