Vietnam empowering youth through national policies

A consultation workshop on National Youth Development Strategy 2021-2030 was held in Ho Chi Minh city on November 11 by the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA) in collaboration with the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) in Vietnam.

Vice Minister of Home Affairs Tran Anh Tuan speaks at the event. Photo: Mai Phan/MOHA

The workshop was co-chaired by Tran Anh Tuan, Vice Minister of Home Affairs;  Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative; and  Hoang Quoc Long, Director of Youth Affairs Department.

In 2018, the UN Secretary General approved the UN Strategy on Youth, which reiterates the UN’s strong commitment to support young people below the age of 30 years. To operationalize it, UNFPA developed its global strategy for youth called “My Body, My Life, My World”. It puts young people - their talents, hopes, perspectives and unique needs - at the very center of sustainable development. The Strategy outlines a set of key programming principles that are applied to all the UNFPA’s work on adolescent and youth, and offers a new mentality and mode of programme delivery with and for young people.

Vietnam is in the phase of demographic transition with the largest population of young people ever in Vietnam’s history, in which the “population dividend” can be tapped into for national development. In the 2019 Census, Vietnam recorded the highest proportion of young people in Vietnam’s history with 20.4 million young people aged 10 – 24, which accounts for 21 percent of the population. The demographic window of opportunity, which was first identified in 2007 and is projected to last until 2041, presents Vietnam with a unique opportunity for developing a generation of drivers of economic, social, and environmental progress.

Addressing the workshop, MOHA Vice Minister Tran Anh Tuan emphasized that youth is the nation's future, an important resource for the country's socio-economic development, and youth development in the new phase requires strategic and long-term tasks. The Vietnam Youth Development Strategy for the period 2021 - 2030 is built on the achieved results, acquiring the experiences and lessons of success in implementing the Vietnam Youth Development Strategy in the period 2011 - 2020 to apply in accordance with the country's development practice in the coming years. The strategy's viewpoints and principles should follow the Party's directions and guidelines and the State's laws and policies on Youth.

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On behalf of the UNFPA in Vietnam, Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA Representative highly appreciated the political will and commitment on youth affairs of the Communist Party and the Government of Vietnam at all levels, and hoped that “this Strategy will provide a firm framework and appropriate approaches for all sectors, ministries and local authorities to jointly take an action and implement the Youth Law 2020 in addressing young people's rights and needs, including their sexual and reproductive health needs, and contributing to achieving Vietnam’s socio-economic development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030."

"Evidence shows that working in partnership with young people is an essential component of any successful national strategies for young people. In the Vietnamese context, we recommend the new Youth Strategy to provide substantial efforts and take concrete actions to create an enabling environment and dynamic mechanisms to allow youth participation. This includes the need to establish innovative platforms that encourage more young people, especially vulnerable youth groups, to participate in policy development, implementation and monitoring," Kithara said.

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