Vietnam Academy Of Social Sciences

Workshop: “Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in Vietnam”


In order to promote the cooperation of UNESCO and within the framework of the Program of Management of Social Transformation (UNESCO – MOST) and the Sub- committee on Social Sciences of the Academy of Social Sciences of Vietnam (the Academy- VASS) is the core, in the morning of October 18, 2018, in Hanoi, VASS cooperated with UNESCO Vietnam National Committee and the UNESCO Hanoi Office to organize the workshop "Promoting sustainable and inclusive growth in Vietnam".

Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh delivered the opening speech at the workshop

Attending the workshop: Prof.Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Vice President of the Academy, Vice Chairman of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee, Head of Sub-committees of Social Science; Mr. Toshiyuki Matsumoto, UNESCO representative in Vietnam; Mr. Cung Duc Han, representative of UNESCO Vietnam National Committee; Mr. Nguyen Tien Phong, UNDP Vietnam expert and the scientists from Royal Academy of Cambodia, the Lao Academy of Social Sciences; Representatives of international organizations in Hanoi; Representatives of management, research and education agencies (National Assembly Office, Ministry of Labor, War Invalids and Social Affairs, Ministry of Information and Communications, Ho Chi Minh National Political Academy, National University Hanoi) with experts and scientists from academic institutes of the Academy.

Since 2013, this is the 5th time, the Program of Management of Social Transformation (UNESCO – MOST) and the Sub- committee on Social Sciences of UNESCO in Vietnam organizes capacity building conferences to improve knowledge and policy dialogue on social inclusion, with the participation of policymakers, administrators, scientific experts and business community.

Sustainable development is both the goal and the enduring demand in the process of the country’s development. This is an important opportunity as well as challenge for countries today. At the APEC High Level Forum is Da Nang one year ago, leaders of Asia – Pacific economics affirmed the necessity for sustainable and inclusive development in the changing and shifting regional context. Following this, the World Economic Forum in Davos (Switzerland) in 2018 continues to affirm the goal and significance of social inclusion in the process of the development of different countries, regardless of wealth, poverty, political system, geographical location…

However, the rising economic inequality, concentration of the fruits of growth in the hands of the rich is threatening the sustainable development. The US- China trade war is strained while global trade is declining, urbanization and population aging are accelerating in many countries, in the context of natural disasters and climate change, environment degradation…. poses challenges as well as demand for the development model.

On behalf of Academic Leaders, opening remarked at the workshop, Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh warmly welcomed the participation of the participants; also emphasizes the purpose of the workshop to look at the need for sustainable and inclusive in the development model of Vietnam. From the theoretical and practical point of view, the papers at the Conference presented by the leading experts would  focus on economic, social, cultural and environmental issues from a sustainable and inclusive perspective.

Vice President appreciate the cooperation between UNESCO Vietnam National Committee and the relevant ministries and sub- committees, including the Sub- committee on Social Sciences, to strengthen the responsibility of social sciences in the implementation of the sustainable development goal. This is also one of the important tasks of Social Sciences with its function of policy consultation which is closely linked with important tasks being implemented by VASS and UNESCO Sub- committee on Social Science over the past years.

Mr Toshiyuki Matsumoto delivered the welcome speech at the workshop   Panorama of the workshop

Welcome speech at the workshop, Mr. Toshiyuki Matsumoto emphasized that growth is the foundation for social development, the cornerstone of all nations in the country's development. But for sustainable growth it is necessary to promote the participation of the whole community, especially the promotion of women's participation. At present, UNESCO has many the programs to promote sustainable development in Vietnam. In the coming time, UNESCO would support Vietnam to expand the activities in many fields to create employment for people.

Representing the UNESCO Vietnam National Committee, Mr. Cung Duc Han said that through the Program of Management of Social Transformation (UNESCO – MOST), UNESCO promoted the knowledge about social development, ensuring that all members of society would be benefit from general development and ensuring that no one is left behind.

After 30 years of Doi Moi, Vietnam had many socio-economic achievements, but the country is facing on many challenges in terms of socio-economic growth, especially in the context of globalization and Industrial Revolution 4.0. In order to achieve the goal of sustainable development, Mr. Cung Duc Han emphasized that Vietnam should have the solutions in all the fields (economic, cultural and social); affirmed the importance of the workshop theme would be an opportunity for the participants to share sustainable development issues and  analyze the link between sustainability and coverage, labor and employment, green growth, cultural and development.

Participants took a photo at the workshop

The workshop received five speeches by speakers (Prof. Dr. Dang Nguyen Anh, Mr. Nguyen Tien Phong, UNDP Vietnam, Dr. Vu Quoc Huy, Vietnam Institute of Economics, Dr. Tran Ngoc Ngoan, Director Institute of Human Geography, Assoc. Prof. Dr. Nguyen Van Chinh, Faculty of Anthropology, University of Social Sciences and Humanities). The presentations focused on the issues related to sustainable and inclusive development of labour forces in Vietnam; growth and sustainable development towards zero poverty, protected biodiversity, reduced emissions, good work, health services, good education, clean energy for everyone, equality, economic growth ...; Green growth adapts to climate change; Culture and sustainable development viewed from anthropological perspective.

At the workshop, delegates exchanged, shared and discussed current issues on key pillars of sustainable development framework, the concept and the link between sustainability and inclusiveness, thereby proposes  necessary institutional interventions and adjustments for development while at the same time helps in narrowing the social inequality gap.

The workshop is a useful academic exchange forum, giving scientists and scientists a broader perspective on sustainable and inclusive development issues and society to propose effective solutions for the scientific experts and policymakers. Therefore, it not only promotes the researchers network of national and international, but also strengthens the cooperative relationship between VASS and UNESCO Vietnam National Committee, contributing to the industrialization, modernization and development of the country in the next time.

Nguyen Thu Trang

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