HA NOI, 30 July 2012 - A project on "Strengthening the capacity of law and policy makers in policy advocacy, appraisal and oversight of laws and policies in the areas of population, reproductive health and gender equality" was signed this morning in Ha Noi. This is a five-year project from 2012 to 2016 and implemented by the Parliamentary Committee for Social Affairs (PCSA) with the Party’s Central Committee of Popularization and Education (CCPE) as a partner and with technical assistance from the UN in Viet Nam including UN Women and UNFPA.
In 2010, Viet Nam officially graduated to middle-income country status. However, wide disparities between urban and rural areas, geographical areas and vulnerable groups, especially ethnic minority people still exist.
The government of Viet Nam has issued many impressive policies and laws on population, reproductive health and gender equality to address these challenges. However, more efforts are needed to enforce implementation of these laws and policies into real action in every province.
Within the framework of the Government of Viet Nam- United Nations One Plan (2012-2016) approved by the Prime Minister of Viet Nam, "We hope this project will play a key role in improving capacity of national and sub-national elected officials as well as the CCPE in appraising laws and policies on population, reproductive health and gender equality. We also hope this project will contribute to an improved legal, policy and programme framework based on evidence of cost-effective strategies and generate the political will and resources to address both current and future needs," said Ms. Mandeep K. OBrien, UNFPA Representative a.i. in Viet Nam.