US$5.6 million project launched to support Vietnam in utilising population data

Tuesday, 2017-12-19 17:13:31
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The collaboration was signed by UNFPA and GSO, aimed at supporting Vietnam in providing and utilising quality population and development data and evidence.
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NDO – A new collaboration was signed in Hanoi, on December 19, between representatives from the Vietnamese Government and the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) to support Vietnamese agencies in providing and utilising quality population and development data for the country's socio-economic development policies.

Under the project, UNFPA will provide support to the General Statistics Office (GSO) of Vietnam, and other partners at national and sub-national levels, in utilising quality population data and evidence to develop and monitor development strategies and plans, as well as the Sustainable Development Goals during 2017-2021.

Addressing the ceremony, GSO General Director Nguyen Bich Lam said that over the past 40 years of corporation between Vietnam and UNFPA, the GSO has showed its professional capacity in effectively receiving the technical assistance from UNFPA.

He also expressed his agency’s commitment to implement the activities during the 2017-2021 period at its highest capacity towards the implementation of the Vietnam Statistical Strategy and the Sustainable Development Goals.

With a total budget of US$5.6 million for the four years from 2017 to 2021, of which US$4.3 million was funded by UNFPA, the project aims to provide technical support for Vietnam in collecting and utilising quality population related data and evidence for development, amendment, implementation and monitoring of socio-economic policies in order to achieve sustainable and harmonious development of the population, economy, society and environment.

The project is co-implemented by GSO in cooperation with the relevant domestic ministries and authorities under technical assistance from UNFPA. The collaboration is part of the One Strategic Plan jointly delivered by the Government of Vietnam and the UN for the 2017-2021 period.

Astrid Bant, UNFPA Representative in Vietnam, said that the project, through multi-sectorial coordination, is expected to play a key role in strengthening the capacity of GSO and the relevant partners in collecting, analysing, disseminating, and utilising information or data on population, reproductive health and gender, thus contributing to the implementation and monitoring of socio-economic development policies and the Plan of Action of SDGs.

Delegates at the launch also stated that the project is set to boost Vietnam’s achievement of its socio-economic development plan in the period 2016-2020 and the Vietnam Sustainable Development Goals.