The Socialist Republic of Vietnam
Hanoi, January 06, 2017
Welcome Address to the 9th Asia Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR) in
Vietnam, Nov 27-30, 2017
On behalf of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, I would like to extend my warmest welcome to all distinguished delegates from throughout the Asia-Pacific region attending the 9th Asian Pacific Conference on Reproductive and Sexual Health and Rights (APCRSHR).
I am well aware that APCRSHR is the biggest scientific forum on Reproductive and Sexual Health in the Asia-Pacific region. After eight conferences held in the Philippines (two times), Thailand, Malaysia, India, China, Indonesia, and Myanmar and in 2017, it is planned to be hosted in Halong Bay, Vietnam.
The Conference’s objectives are to assess the progress, and to take stock of the Asia-Pacific countries’ many good practices, lessons, as well as the constraints encountered in meeting our commitments to the Program of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development, Millennium goals and sustainable development goals related to reproductive, sexual health and rights, especially among youth groups and specific populations.
Vietnam is among 179 countries adopting the Program of Action of the 1994 International Conference on Population and Development (ICPD) in Cairo, which emphasized improvement in living standards, gender equity assurance, economic growth and sustainable development.
Over the last few years, the Vietnamese Communist Party and Government have always shown great concern by enacting many policies and legal documents as well as effectively allocating resources for family planning, and reproductive & sexual health, and have achieved many important outcomes. The indexes in this field are relatively good compared to other countries with the same level of per capita income.
Nonetheless, akin to other nations, Vietnam is now facing many new challenges which hinder the implementation of the objectives of 2011-2020 Population & Health Strategies and 2015-2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
I am optimistic that this conference in Vietnam will provide an excellent platform for scientists, researchers and program officers in Vietnam to meet, listen, share experiences and come up with comprehensive solutions to the aforementioned problems, and to attain the conference’s goals. From that, we can lay a good foundation for similar events and conferences, both regional and international, held in Vietnam in the near future. I also believe that during the conference, delegates will have memorable experiences about Vietnamese cultures and peoples.
Once again, I warmly welcome all distinguished delegates and wish you all good health and happiness. I wish the conference great success.
Dang Thi Ngoc Thinh
Vice President of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
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