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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 27 – Advancement of Women
10-16-2016, 08:51 pm

Madame Chair,

My delegation aligns itself with the Statements made by Distinguished Representative of Thailand on behalf of the G77 and China, and by Distinguished Representative of Malaysia on behalf of ASEAN.

Madame Chair,

Social and economic development cannot be inclusive without equality for and empowerment of the better half of the world population. This is why the 2030 Agenda was crafted and adopted last year with a stand-alone Goal 5 and a systematic gender approach to all other SDGs. The full participation of women - who are not simply beneficiaries but more than agents of change - will ensure the successful implementation of this transformative Agenda.

My delegation strongly believes that our collective efforts to break gender barriers and end gender-based violence, discrimination and inequality must include concrete commitments and actions to address persisting and emerging issues such as armed conflics, economic and social crises and climate change which are having negative impacts on the lives of women and girls in many parts of the world.

Madame Chair,

Gender equity and equality is one of deeply held values of the Vietnamese people. Women have always played an indispensable role in the national construction and defense throughout the history of Viet Nam, as well as in our economic and social development.

We have put in place legal and policy frameworks and national institution for the advancement of women. The Constitution strictly prohibits gender-based discrimination. 40 gender-mainstreamed acts were adopted in the last five years. The National Committee for the Advancement of Women is leading efforts in implementing the Strategy and Action Programme on Gender Equality.

Significal progress has been made to bridge gender gaps. Vietnamese women make up nearly 50% of the population, over 48% of the workforce and 25% of business leaders. Women also actively participate in policy-making and legislative processes, with many in senior leadership positions. Last July, first woman was elected as Chair of our National Assembly. There is almost no gender difference in the school enrollment rate and the gender wage gap has gradually closed in the line with international standards. Sexual and reproductive health and rights of women and girls are better ensured.

Viet Nam is also working closely with international partners in gender mainstreaming. During the last Session of the Human Rights Council, we organized an event on “Educating Women and Girls in Preventing and Combating Trafficking in Persons”, in collaboration with the Philippines, the United States, Australia, and the IOM.

Madame Chair,

Although much progress has been made in Viet Nam, numerous difficulties and challenges remain to be addressed, particularly climate change and natural disasters. Since late 2015, the Central Highlands and Mekong Delta of Viet Nam have been dealing with the most serious drought which hampers access to clean water and sanitation and threatens the livelihood of at least two million people, most of those are women and girls.

In conclusion, Viet Nam reaffirms its commitments to spare no effort in implementing the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the CEDAW and the 2030 Agenda for a better life of all women and girls around the world.

I thank you, Madame Chair./.

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