The criteria will involve socio-cultural, environment-urbanisation, health care-education, political and economic aspects.
Tran Anh Tuan, Acting Director of the Ho Chi Minh City Institute for Development Studies (HIDS), said the criteria are based on the global comparative base – a strategic policy tool to monitor the progress of meeting the criteria.
Nguyen Minh Hoa, Dean of the Urban Science Faculty from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Social Sciences and Humanity (USSH), said the criteria should be comprehensive and flexible in each field.
Director of the Hoa Sen University’s Centre for Gender and Social Studies Thai Thi Ngoc Du suggested adding non-discrimination against immigrants, women and those of unusual sexual trends into the criteria.
Underscoring the safety factor in people’s lives, Tran Ngoc Them from the USSH said the criteria should be people-centred and develop cultured, honest and law-abiding people.
The public voice must be respected and their lives should be ensured in terms of economic and social security, he said.
The seminar is co-hosted by the HIDS and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).