US$5.3 million project launched to support youth policy deployment in Vietnam

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Representatives from MOHA and UNFPA sign the new cooperation project on youth policy deployment, Hanoi, December 21.
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NDO – A new project aimed at supporting youth policy development and implementation in Vietnam was launched by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) on December 21.

The project aims at facilitating the development and monitoring of the implementation of National Policies on Comprehensive Youth Development during 2017-2021.

With a total budget of US$5.3 million, of which US$5.1 million is being funded by UNFPA, the project will be pivotal in providing technical and financial support from the international community to MOHA and other relevant agencies in the development and monitoring of the implementation of policies on youth development.

Executed from 2017 to 2021 by the MOHA and the relevant authorities, the project will focus on several key activities, including developing/revising the Youth Law and youth related policies and programmes, building a youth data system and comprehensive youth development index, and strengthening the role of the National Assembly and People’s Council in the monitoring and implementation of youth development policies.

It will also enhance the active participation of diverse youth groups in the development and monitoring of the implementation of the laws, programmes and policies related to youth development, while developing comprehensive sexual education programmes for adolescents and youth.

During the project implementation, UNFPA will support MOHA and the other relevant agencies to develop and revise evidence based youth related laws and policies, while effectively monitoring the implementation of these laws and policies and carrying out comprehensive youth development programmes.

Addressing the signing ceremony, Nguyen Trong Thua, Deputy Minister of MOHA said that according to the Vietnam Youth Development Strategy 2011-2020, Comprehensive Youth Development includes education, vocational training and employment, culture, health and life skills to create young, high quality human resources in order to meet the needs of the accelerated industrialisation, modernisation and international integration. The investment in comprehensive youth development in the near future will open opportunities for Vietnam to utilise its golden population period towards socio-economic development.

With the largest population of young people ever in its history, Vietnam should act swiftly to invest in young people strategically and compassionately, and reach those left furthest behind first, to make the most of its demographic dividend, suggested Astrid Bant, UNFPA Representative in Vietnam.

Vietnam has been experiencing a period of demographic dividend and currently has the highest percentage of young people in its history. According to the Vietnam Population Change and Family Planning Survey 2015, adolescents and youth aged between10-29 account for approximately 30% of the total population.