NA Chairwoman:Sustainable development an inevitable path

VOV.VN - National Assembly (NA) Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed that sustainable development is an inevitable path for Vietnam at a conference on parliaments’ role in realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), opened in the central city of Danang on December 17.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivers a speech at the conference
The conference is an important event, showing the will and commitment of the Vietnam National Assembly to the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The 2030 Agenda covers 17 SDGs and 169 targets, including those on poverty reduction, ensuring health care, education and security, and building peaceful and inclusive societies. They demonstrate all countries’ determination to create a better future for people worldwide so that they can live in a cooperative, peaceful and prosperous environment.

In her address at the two-day event, hosted by the Vietnam National Assembly (NA), the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the top Vietnamese legislator said the SDGs are both the targets and opportunities for lawmakers to demonstrate their commitments to improving people’s lives and protecting the planet.

To achieve them, the involvement of the NA, parliamentarians and members of all-level People’s Councils on whom the people entrust their aspirations and power is crucially important, especially in refining legal frameworks and supervising the implementation and allocation of budget for activities to realise the SDGs, Ngan noted.

For more than 15 years, since Vietnam started to implement the Millennium Development Goals – the foundation of the SDGs, its legislative body has established and fine-tuned important legal frameworks for the sake of sustainable development, including more than 300 laws and the 2013 Constitution.

Through bilateral and multilateral diplomatic activities, Vietnamese lawmakers have shared experience in relevant fields, thus indicating the NA’s active role in carrying out the SDGs.

Attention has been paid to improving public awareness of the SDGs and turn them into national goals in the long run, and pooling resources to and people’s participation in this work, she said, adding that the Vietnamese law-making body greatly values the coordination between the IPU and the UNDP in developing a self-assessment toolkit for parliaments in respect of SDGs implementation.

IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong hailed the Vietnamese NA’s efforts to achieve the SDGs, while highlighting Vietnam as the first Asian-Pacific nation to have held a meeting on this issue and showing his confidence that with the Vietnamese parliament’s fruitful cooperation and outcomes will be obtained in the time ahead.

The IPU Secretary General also assured the IPU’s pledge to support its member parliaments, including the Vietnamese NA, in fulfilling the UN’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Meanwhile, UN Resident Coordinator and head of UN representative agencies in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra underlined the need to take international joint actions with the participation of the entire governments and societies and emphasized global priorities for sustainable development.

Vietnam has made strong commitments to translating the SDGs into action plans, which earned international plaudits.

With regard to parliaments’ role in ensuring law promulgation, budget approval and effective implementation of the commitments, the UN official stressed that the participation of parliaments is the driving force behind the achievement of the SDGs by 2030.

 At the conference, IPU Secretary General Martin Chungong presented the Vietnamese version of the SDGs self-assessment toolkit for parliaments to NA Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan.