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Ha Noi, 16 February 2022 – Three UN agencies, UNPD, UNICEF and UNFPA jointly commit to providing multi-sectoral interventions to support Vietnam to fulfill its commitments to the Convention on the Rights of People with Disability.


Today, a joint UN project: “Working together for an inclusive future.  Implementing the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) through effective collaboration” was launched prior to the World Day of Social Justice (20 Feb 2022). The Project brings together the expertise and experience of three UN agencies in supporting national and provincial authorities and organizations of persons with disabilities.


The joint project is funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Australia and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway, who are longstanding donors of the UN Partnership on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (UNPRPD) Multi-Partner Trust Fund.


The project aims to serve as a vehicle for multi-stakeholder dialogue and partnership to ensure results and impact towards a Convention on the Rights of People with Disability (CRPD) compliance environment in Viet Nam, which is fundamental to ensure the materialization of the principles of leaving no one behind and building back better a more inclusive society for all.


Addressing the launch, Ms. Vu Thi Kim Hoa, Deputy Director, Department of Child Affairs, Ministry of Labor, Invalids and Social Affairs emphasized: “Viet Nam still struggles to transform the provision of the CRPD into concrete policies, systems, and services. For this UN joint project, it is a great pleasure for us to be a key partner in capacity-building activities and to work together on the essential ‘pre-conditions’ that are indispensable for addressing the needs and opportunities of people with disabilities in public policymaking and programming across all sectors”.


During the formulation of this joint project, UNDP has led the UNPRPD situation analysis in Viet Nam which highlighted significant challenges related to the limited participation of OPDs in the planning, implementation, monitoring, and evaluation of national programs. In the next two years, UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF will work towards the following three outcomes:


  • Building the capacity of organizations of persons with disabilities and policymakers on CRPD-compliant policy making and implementation;
  • Identifying and addressing gaps in the achievement of essential building blocks or preconditions to CRPD implementation in development and humanitarian programmes; and
  • Strengthening the disability-inclusive monitoring and accountability of Viet Nam’s National Socio-Economic Development Plan 2021-2025 through the lenses of the CRPD framework.


People with disability account for 7 percent of Viet Nam’s population. We as UN agencies recognize persons with disabilities as key partners in our efforts toward sustainable development in Viet Nam, not just as beneficiaries.” said UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen. “Persons with disabilities should not be only engaged in disability-focused policies, their rights and voices should be integrated into Viet Nam’s programs for implementing the National Socio-Economic Development Strategy. As the coordinator of the joint UN project, UNDP will work closely with all partners to empower people with disability to enable their full participation in the law-making process from the planning stages.  Together we will act to leverage a multi-sectoral approach that addresses fundamental issues needed to drive systemic and effective changes towards disability inclusion”.


For her part, UNFPA Representative in Viet Nam Naomi Kitahara said: “I personally and strongly believe in the power of people with disabilities, as a solution for societal change, as a solution for policy agenda, as a solution to lead Viet Nam to achieve SDGs, and as a solution to protect and promote the rights of persons with disabilities. Their access to sexual and reproductive health information and services, as well as comprehensive sexuality education and life skills education, would be essential, so as not to leave them behind in SDGs agenda.”


“UNICEF has been working for over 4 decades in Viet Nam to promote the rights of children with a disability, including their rights to access quality and inclusive services and support, wherever they live, in times of stability as well as during emergencies,” said UNICEF Deputy Representative in Viet Nam Lesley Miller. “We are confident that this project will advance our work further, by building capacity to transform Viet Nam’s commitment to the UN Convention into a reality through inclusive policies, systems and services that benefit all men, women and children with disabilities”.


The project is implemented in a favorable legal environment where Viet Nam’s government is strongly committed to ensuring that people with disabilities can fully participate in society and equally enjoy their fundamental rights. The Government has enacted the Law on Persons with Disabilities since 2010 and is going to revise it in upcoming years.  Viet Nam also ratified the CRPD in 2015, and various master plans and policies have been issued to guide the CRPD and the Law implementation.




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