43 million Vietnamese escaped poverty

(VOVworld) – The government and the UN released a report saying that 43 million Vietnamese have been lifted out of poverty over the past 15 years. The report, released at a meeting to review the implementation of the UN millennium development goals in Vietnam on Monday, showed that Vietnam obtained rather high economic growth rates, particularly 7% from 2000 to 2008.

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A meeting to review the implementation of the UN millennium development goals in Vietnam opens on Monday,

Vietnam has fulfilled its MDGs in eliminating extreme poverty, universalizing primary education, enhancing gender equality, and achieving positive results in healthcare such as lower maternal and child mortality rates, and malaria and TB under control.

Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung said: “In the post-2015 period when the MDGs program concludes, Vietnam will head towards sustainable development goals and improve the quality of its activities. Vietnam needs to mobilize resources to obtain higher results in economic growth, poverty reduction, improving productivity, and renovating policies, to ensure inclusive and equal development.”

Pratibha Mehta, UN coordinator in Vietnam, said Vietnam should continue to pursue its targets. The UN will maintain its support for the Vietnamese government, social organizations, and the private sector to obtain SDGs and realize new achievements.

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