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.
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.