The VNM9P04 project has a total budget of US$5.3 million for 2017-2021, including US$5.1 million funded by the UNFPA. It will provide assistance for the Ministry of Home Affairs of Vietnam and relevant agencies to build and implement policies for youths to ensure their comprehensive development.
This coordination is part of the joint plan between the Vietnamese Government and the UN in Vietnam for 2017-2020.
The project focuses on helping the Vietnamese Government build the revised law on youths and policies and programmes relating to youth development in addition to updating, analysing and using national data system on youngsters to build appropriate policies and plans.
It looks to involve youngsters in building and supervising the implementation of legal regulations, policies and programmes on youths, and developing a comprehensive sexual education programme for adolescents and youngsters.
The project is expected to help the Government address challenges in youth development and national sustainable growth.
Speaking at the launching ceremony, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Nguyen Trong Thua affirmed that the Vietnamese Government has paid attention to the development of young people.
Over the years, the country has promulgated several policies and programmes to support youth development, he said, adding that in the national youth development strategy in 2011-2020, Vietnam will concentrate on providing vocational training and job generation, culture, health care and social skills for youngsters to create high-quality young human resources meeting the country’s targets of industrialisation, modernisation and international integration.
Astrid Bant, Chief Representative of the UNFPA in Vietnam, said young population is a big advantage of Vietnam.
The country should make use of the “golden population” structure to develop youngsters as a leading factor to boost local development, she suggested.