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Interior Minister Pham Thi Thanh Tra (right) and UNFPA Representative in Vietnam Naomi Kitahara (left) at the launch of the project on April 29 (Photo: UNFPA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Ministry of Interior and the
United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) Vietnam launched a new project on April 29 to support the implementation and monitoring of laws and policies for comprehensive development and youth participation, including during natural disasters and pandemics.

Interior Minister Pham Thi Thanh Tra said one of the objectives of the VNM10P01 project is to create an enabling environment to support youth development, in which the focus is on life skills, gender education and a mechanism to promote the participation of young people in policies and programs responding to emergencies, natural disasters and epidemics. The project follows UNFPA’s priorities, as well as the country’s socio-economic development and the current situation and needs of Vietnamese youth in the coming years, she added.

The Minister appreciated the UNFPAwhich will help nurture and develop youth and help Vietnam achieve its Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.

Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam, cited the 2019 population and housing census as showing that the country has the highest proportion of young people in its history, creating the potential for a demographic dividend to accelerate socio-economic growth. The 20.4 million young people, aged 10 to 24, represent 21% of the total population.

“The demographic window of opportunity, first identified in 2007, is expected to last until 2041, providing Vietnam with a unique opportunity to advance sustainable development,” she said, adding that UNFPA Vietnam recognizes and appreciates the government’s efforts to invest in adolescents and young people. and promote their participation in the socio-economic development of the country.

According to Kitahara, the availability of life skills education and comprehensive sex education for adolescents in school, including vocational training centers, colleges and universities, must be there, and adolescents and young people not schooling must be categorically targeted to ensure that young Vietnamese are able to make informed and wise decisions about their health and life, including when and with whom they can start a family, while balancing them with educational pathways and professionals.

With a total budget of USD 3.1 million, the project will be implemented from 2022 to 2026.

It will focus on the implementation of the Youth Law, the Vietnam Youth Development Strategy and other youth-related policies and programs; strengthen monitoring of the implementation of youth law, youth development policies and programs, including in humanitarian crises such as natural disasters and pandemics; develop platforms/mechanisms and policies to strengthen the active participation of young people, especially vulnerable young people, in the development and monitoring of laws and programs./.

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