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Working across sectors to promote nurturing and sustainable environments for young children


On December 04th, 2019, in Hanoi, Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs (MOLISA) in cooperation with Asia - Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood held the Asia - Pacific Regional  Conference on Early Childhood Development 2019. The Conference with the theme "Working across sectors to promote nurturing and sustainable environments for young children". Attending the Conference were Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam, Chairman of the National Committee for children; Minister of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs Dao Ngoc Dung; Director of East Asia - Pacific UNICEF Karin Hulshof; Director of Asia - Pacific Regional Network for Early Childhood Sheldon Shaeffer; Director of Asia - Pacific UNESCO Shigeru Aoyagi; and the Ministers, Head of the Delegations from the countries, territories in the Asia - Pacific region; 530 representatives from 35 countries and territories in the Region; 44 international organization, NGOs, experts, researchers. 

The three-day conference aims to raise awareness among policymakers and practitioners of the substantial threats to children’s present and future environments, as well as opportunities to protect these environments.

Delegates will share experience in multi-sectoral models and programmes to mitigate the impact of toxic environment on children, promote a nurturing environment for them and increase multi-sectoral partnership in the field.
Speaking at the opening ceremony, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam said laws and policies of countries, including Vietnam, always give priority to children. According to the Deputy Prime Minister, the event was held in the meaningful moment when the whole of the world has celebrated the 30th anniversary of the Conference on the right of children.

He called for joint work between the State, organisations, business community and families to raise awareness among parents and future parents of the responsibility and necessary skills to give birth to and raise children.

On this occasion, on behalf of Vietnam's Government, Deputy Prime Minister Vu Duc Dam thanked for the support and cooperation of the United Nation's units, international organizations, the countries, and enterprises community and the organizations, individuals who have accompanied with Vietnam's Government to give the best priorities and cares for Vietnamese children during the past years.

Speaking at the event, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung emphasized the main theme of the conference: "Working across sectors to promote nurturing and sustainable environments for young children" showed the inevitable trend of the comprehensive development action for children  which is the intervention and comprehensive support on the basis of multi-sectoral and multi-field cooperation. The conference will discuss on the responsibilities of each country in issuing a legal framework, strategy, policy and multilateral cooperation on the comprehensive development of children. The Minister hoped that the Conference would be a place for the representatives sharing experiences and learning from each other to better implement children's rights, especially children's comprehensive development right at the early childhood.

Vietnam hopes to learn from international friends’ experiences to better enforce rights of the child and take effective measures in child work, he said, adding that the event marks an important step in the implementation of the Global Agenda for Sustainable Development, especially Target 4.2.
Participants will hold working sessions with Vietnamese departments and agencies to share experience in laws and programme for children, extensively discuss environment’s threats to the health and development of children, and solutions to them. Besides, they will discuss countries’ responsibilities for issuing legal framework, multilateral strategies and policies on comprehensive child development.