On August 20, 2019, at the headquarters of the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung had a cordial meeting with Mrs. Rana Flowers, Chief Representative of the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) in Vietnam. Attending the meeting were representatives of Leadership from Department of International Cooperation, Department of Child Affairs, Department of Social Assistants and representatives of related units.
Welcome the Head Representative of UNICEF Viet Nam to work at the Ministry, Minister Dao Ngoc Dung thanks UNICEF Vietnam for the support and accompany for the past years. The Minister says that Vietnam always consider UNICEF as a friend and companion in the care and protection of children
Speaking at the meeting, Mrs. Rana Flowers thanks the Minister for this meeting. She appreciates the long-term relationship,the trust between UNICEF and Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs for many years. Although she has just received the new position, she has realized her responsibility to contribute to help Vietnamese women and children. UNICEF wants to help disadvantaged groups, ensure equality and reduce inequality for women, children and disadvantaged groups. At the meeting, the UNICEF's Head Representative in Vietnam hoped that in the period of 2021 - 2030, Vietnam will mainstream strongly the indicators related to children into socio-economic development objectives. UNICEF wishes to cooperate and provide technical support to MOLISA and the Department of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs to mainstream these indicators from the central level to the grassroots level. She expects the support of the Minister to promote the review of the results in the implementation of the national program on children in the period of 2012-2020 and develop a new plan for 2020 - 2030 in the direction of developing National strategies about children in a comprehensive method.
She also appreciates the coordination mechanism of the National Committee for Children of Vietnam for Vietnam's ministries and agencies on issues related to children and children's rights. UNICEF wishes to cooperate and provide technical support to strengthen strategic dialogue in the spirit of building up for the Vietnam National Committee for Children. At the meeting, Ms. Rana Flowers proposes on strengthening human resources, the capacity of social work force, a team of professionally trained and qualified at the local level to work on prevention and solution the cases of child abuse. UNICEF wishes to cooperate with the Government to have an interdisciplinary approach to child protection issues, as well as to strengthen and build a Vietnamese child protection system. At the same time, she hopes UNICEF and the Ministry of Labour - Invalids and Social Affairs will work together to agree on priority activities in the coming time.
Especially in this meeting, UNICEF’s Head Representative in Viet Nam also presents some key activities in the celebration of the 30th year of Convention on the Rights of the Child, and the celebration will take place on worldwide on November 20, 2019. In the framework of the 30th anniversary of the Convention on the Rights of the Child, Vietnam is one of six countries have been invited to the UN’s Summit on Children’s Right in New York in September and have given the speech as the first country in Asia and the second country on the world ratifying the Convention on the Rights of Children. She hopes the Minister will support these activities and will help UNICEF in organizing this event to celebrate this significant event.