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Hanoi, 10 March 2022, The Government of Viet Nam confirms that the interventions and support from the United Nations Population Fund – UNFPA in the period 2017 – 2021 substantially contributed to Viet Nam’s efforts to fulfil the transformative promise of “Leaving No One behind” while achieving the Sustainable Development Goals.


The UNFPA Representative for Viet Nam Ms. Naomi Kitahara together with the Deputy Director General of the Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment, Ms, Nguyen Thi Dieu Trinh chaired a meeting in Hanoi today to review the achievements recorded in the past 5 years under the framework of the 9thUNFPA Country Programme for Viet Nam. The meeting also discussed the key intervention areas under the 10thCountry Programme for Viet Nam for the period 2022 – 2026, which was approved by the UNFPA Executive Board on 3 February as well as next steps to deliver the new Programme, including the signing of 2022 annual work plans between UNFPA and the partner Ministries.


Also present at the meeting were representatives from the relevant Ministries and state agencies, national institutions, mass/social organisations and partner private sector entities. They included the Ministry of Home Affairs, the Ministry of Health, the Ministry of Labour, Invalids and Social Affairs, the Ministry of Justice, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism, the Ministry of Health, the General Statistics Office, the Viet Nam Farmer’s Union, the Vietnam Youth Union, among others.

The Ministry of Planning and Investment as the Government coordinating agency confirmed that UNFPA substantially contributed to participatory and evidence-based policy and decision-making for rights-based national laws, policies and programmes for women, young people and the elderly. UNFPA’s interventions also brought in to Viet Nam international best practice and innovation to prevent and respond to gender-based violence and other harmful practices, which was essenatial to enable the delivery of multisectoral services and coordination. 

Under the framework of the 9th Country Programme and particularly due to the COVID-19 pandemic situation, UNFPA has driven to innovate and try different ways of reaching out to vulnerable groups. Tele-health in SRH was piloted for the first time in Viet Nam particularly for ethnic minority regions, and the very first mobile app for the elderly care was introduced. Comprehensive sexuality education for young people was provided for the first time online, and innovative and digital technology was extensively used for the prevention and response to gender-based violence and gender-biased sex selection. The 2019 Population and Housing Census as well as the 2019 National Study on Violence against Women were exceptionally successful in the application of the newest ICT technology to speed up data collection and analysis process and minimize human errors.

UNFPA’s humanitarian support to Viet Nam in the past few years was also UNFPA priorities, which focuses on the provision of integrated sexual and reproductive health services, prevention and response to gender-based violence, and support to the elders. Recognising the effect of climate change, and particularly in response to the 2020 floods and downpours of rain in the central part of Viet Nam, UNFPA supported mobile outreach to protect the lives of pregnant women and couples who are planning for childbearing. UNFPA made sure that vulnerable population groups were well aware of gender-based violence risks, through digital technologies and the delivery of dignity kits which were done for the very first time in Viet Nam.

Building on the successes of the 9th Country Programme, UNFPA commits to supporting the implementation of Viet Nam’s National Plan of Action for the Viet Nam’s Sustainable Goals for the Decade of Action and its new Socio-Economic Development Plan (2021-2026) under the Socio-Economic Development Strategy (2021-2030), both of which place focused attention to population dynamics and population issues.  


The Executive Board of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) recently approved the new 10th country programme for Viet Nam in the amount of US$26.5 million to achieve the sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030, targeting those at risk of being left behind, including women and girls, adolescents and youth, older persons, ethnic minorities, migrant workers, people with disabilities, and survivors of gender-based violence.


The UNFPA Representative for Vietnam Ms. Naomi Kitahara expressed her appreciation for the Government’s partnership and collaboration with UNFPA since 1977 and particularly in the past 5 years. Ms. Naomi Kitahara highlighted some of the key breakthroughs that UNFPA ensured from the implementation of the outgoing programmes/projects. They included the strategic partnerships with both UNFPA traditional donors such as  Australian DFAT, KOICA, Norway and Japan, and non-traditional partners including private sector entities such as MSD, Bloomberg and Vital Strategies. UNFPA Viet Nam now operates for the implementation of various projects with annual budgets which have increased almost by 3 times by the end of 2021.


Ms. Naomi Kitahara stressed: The 10th Country Programme will aim at achieving the transformative results of the UNFPA’s corporate Strategic Plan, towards Viet Nam with Zero preventable maternal death, Zero unmet need for family planning, and Zero gender-based violence and other harmful practices against women and girls. The Programme in the coming 5 years is in alignment with the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework for Viet Nam to fulfil the transformative promise of “Leaving no one behind” by directly contributing to two areas: Inclusive Social Development, and Governance and Access to Justice, thus reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities.”


While implementing the 10th country programme, UNFPA will continue to partner with the Government, other national institutions in accordance with UNFPA’s comparative advantages and technical competencies, and fully in line with the principles of national ownership and mutual accountability. Under the United Nations Development System (UNDS) reform agenda, UNFPA will contribute to joint initiatives with different United Nations agencies.


Note to editors:

  • The UNFPA 9th Country Programme focused on three outcome areas: (i) Adolescents and Youth as the country has the largest number of young people in history; (ii) Gender equality and women’s empowerment for the achievement of the agendas of the Commission on Population and Development and the International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) and SDGs; and (iii) Population dynamics, which is directly linked to upstream and policy work, which was called for given Viet Nam’s middle income country status. Total expenditure resources for CP9 was nearly US$ 21 million.
  • The new UNFPA 10th Country Programme, with a total resources of US$ 26.5 million, focuses on the following areas:
  • Adolescents and Youth,
  • Population Ageing and Social Protection,
  • Equitable Access to Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights,
  • Data and Evidence for Policy and Programme Making,
  • Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices, and
  • Multi-sectoral Response to Gender-Based Violence and Harmful Practices: 

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For more information, please contact: UNFPA Communications Officer: 

Ms. Dinh Thu Huong, Email:, Phone: 091330139