Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on May 20 signed Directive 13/CT-TTg on sustainable development, asserting that sustainable development is a consistent policy of the Party and State of Vietnam.
The Government issued Vietnam Agenda 21 in 2004, the sustainable development strategy for the 2011-20 period in 2012, and recently the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030 for sustainable development with 17 goals and 115 specific targets covering economics, social affairs and environmental protection through 2030.
The viewpoint on sustainable development has been mainstreamed in the 2011-20 socio-economic development strategy and the 2011-15 and 2016-20 socio-economic development plans, the Directive points out.
The country has attained sustainable development achievements in the economic, social and environmental domains, however, many state agencies, businesses and people have not yet had complete and comprehensive awareness about sustainable development, and socio-economic policies favored fast economic growth and social stability while paying inadequate attention to the sustainability of natural resources and environmental protection, it notes.
|A conference titled “National Assembly and Sustainable Development Goals” held by the National Assembly in coordination with the Inter-Parliamentary Union and UN Development Programme in Da Nang__Photo: VGP|
To address these limitations and facilitate the successful implementation of the country’s sustainable development strategy towards 2030, the PM asks the Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI) to host the coordination between ministries, sectors, localities and stakeholders to effectively perform the tasks set forth in the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030.
The MPI is also required to provide instructions on the incorporation of sustainable development goals in national socio-economic development plans and guiding the monitoring and assessment of sustainable development goals. It will take responsibility for monitoring, supervising and reporting on implementation results of the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030 and sustainable development goals to the Government and the National Assembly annually.
The cabinet head directs ministries, sectors and provincial-level People’s Committees to make the achievement of sustainable development goals part of their socio-economic development plans while promptly launching support policies for disadvantaged people, ethnic minorities, social policy beneficiaries, and other vulnerable groups.
The National Council on Sustainable Development and Competitiveness Enhancement is asked to advise the Government and Prime Minister on the formulation and implementation of policies, strategies, plans, programs, tasks and solutions to carry out productively the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030.
The Prime Minister asks the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee and mass organizations to improve their oversight over the execution of sustainable development goals, focusing on policies and mechanisms to be implemented in ministries, sectors and localities along with encouraging the involvement and contribution of local and foreign organizations, development partners, business community and people in the effort.
The Vietnam Chamber of Commerce and Industry and the Vietnam Business Council for Sustainable Development (VBCSD) are required to continue promoting their role in assisting businesses in achieving sustainable development goals, and advising the Government on solutions to responding to challenges in the public-private partnership (PPP) investment model to get the business community involved in realizing the country’s sustainable development goals.
The Vietnam Association of Small- and Medium-Sized Enterprises (SMEs) will actively disseminate and guide its enterprise members to successfully implement the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030 and proactively coordinate with ministries, agencies and domestic and foreign organizations in making the best use of funding supports for SMEs enterprises to achieve the targets mentioned in the national action plan to implement Agenda 2030.- (VLLF)