Vietnam shares experience in poverty eradication at UN Commission on Social Development

VOV.VN- Sustainable poverty alleviation can only be achieved if threats to food security are resolved together, stated Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, at the 60th session of the UN Committee on Social Development, which is running from February 7 to February.

As part of his remarks at the event, the Vietnamese diplomat stressed that the post-COVID-19 recovery remains uneven across the globe, with the process of implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs) by 2030 also being disrupted, especially with regard to the goals of eradicating poverty and hunger.

As a means of addressing these challenges, Ambassador Quy affirmed that sustainable poverty eradication can only be achieved providing that threats to food security are addressed in a unified manner. Therefore, relevant legal and policy frameworks must focus on reducing poverty and inequality, improving capacity, whilst also ensuring sustainable livelihoods for all.

Simultaneously, to ensure food security, which is an important foundation for hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, countries must increase their overall investment in science, technology, and agricultural innovation to boost productivity, resilience, and sustainability.

On this occasion, the local Ambassador also reaffirmed the nation’s willingness to join the UN's co-operation frameworks, with strong aspirations to develop into a regional food innovation hub.

Furthermore, as a way of dealing with the causes of poverty and inequality, countries must step up education and training, create jobs, and improve the coherence between social welfare and agricultural policies.

Regarding international co-operation, he called on the international community and development partners to enhance multilateral co-operation, fulfill ODA commitments, and mobilise resources for a comprehensive recovery and conclusive resolution to the debt crisis.

The Vietnamese diplomat went on to reiterate the nation’s comprehensive measures and achievements in hunger eradication, poverty reduction, and food security.  Indeed, the country is fully committed to fully implementing SDGs for a sustainable future for all, he added.

According to the UN Secretary-General's report, the COVID-19 pandemic has reversed recent global achievements in reducing poverty and inequality, while exacerbating the vulnerability of many disadvantaged groups.

Amid this context, the UN chief stated that recovering from COVID-19 represents an opportunity for countries to build and develop long-term policy frameworks to achieve SDGs.

During the meeting, various countries shared their experience and initiatives on social policies to deal with the impact of the pandemic, especially in terms of hunger eradication, poverty alleviation, and addressing challenges relating to food security.