$1.9 million population data project launched

May 06, 2022 | 15:05
On May 5, the General Statistics Office (GSO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) launched a project to support the production and utilisation of quality population data and evidence. This information is to be used for the evaluation, formulation, and implementation of the country's socioeconomic development policies and the monitoring of its sustainable development goals.
$1.9 million project launched on population data
GSO director general Nguyen Thi Huong and UNFPA representative Naomi Kitahara releasing the report

With a total budget of $1.9 million, the project will be carried out for five years, applying technologies and new communication platforms to collect and analyse data.

Vietnam is in the midst of rapid transformation and socioeconomic growth. The country has been implementing strategies and plans to achieve its Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) by 2030. To support this, reliable statistics are fundamental to formulate, monitor, and assess the country’s progress in achieving its socioeconomic and SDG targets.

The 2030 Agenda stresses the importance of having high-quality population data. The commitment to leaving no one behind means that everyone must be counted, so everyone can be reached. Consistent and comparable data is a crucial element in making this a reality.

Nguyen Thi Huong, GSO director-general said that during 45 years of collaboration between Vietnam and UNFPA, the capacity of the GSO has been improved significantly.

"We will utilise the resources of the project for further development to provide data of the highest quality as soon as possible, thus contributing to policymaking and socioeconomic development," she added.

Naomi Kitahara, UNFPA representative in Vietnam said, “We are now entering into the tenth new country programme and GSO is one of the most important partners for UNFPA Vietnam. As we always say, countries with quality data are the ones that achieve the most impressive growth. Better Data, Better Lives.”

The project focuses on enhancing the capacity for collecting, analysing, and populating data. It will look into population and health, reproductive health, data management and use, and provide evidence on investment performance to improve the knowledge and skills of policymakers.

The report on the State of the World Population 2022 – Seeing the Unseen: The case for action in the neglected crisis of unintended pregnancy – was also released yesterday. The report highlights the seriousness of unintended pregnancies and their harmful consequences on sustainable development.

Globally, nearly a quarter of women are unable to make decisions about their own health care, and nearly 10 per cent are unable to make decisions about contraception.

For the women affected, the most life-altering reproductive choice – whether or not to become pregnant – is no choice at all. No country is spared as unintended pregnancies take place everywhere, highlighted the report.

The SDG survey conducted by Vietnam’s General Statistic Office in 2021, in collaboration with UNFPA and UNICEF, showed that only 72 per cent of married women are satisfied with modern contraceptives, and this percentage drops even further to 50 per cent for unmarried women. The problem seems to be acute among young people, whose unmet need for family planning is estimated to be four times higher than for married women.

Kitahara said, "Today and every day, we are calling on policymakers and community leaders to prioritise women’s and girls’ rights and to expand their choices. These include universal access to safe and effective contraceptives and making sure that every young person – including boys – is fully aware of the risks of unintended pregnancies and means of avoiding them. We need to listen to the voices of women, better understand their needs, and echo their calls for equality in every sphere."

"The 2030 SDGs call for ending the unmet need for contraception, achieving gender equality, and advancing bodily autonomy. We must redouble our commitment to achieve these goals and we must add the prevention of unintended pregnancies to our priorities," she added.

By Nguyen Huong

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