Following the adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in May 2017, Viet Nam was one of the first countries in the Asia–Pacific region to issue a National Action Plan for the implementation of the United Nation’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. This was followed by the adoption of a Natural Resources and Environment (NRE) Action Plan for the implementation of NRE-related SDG targets in December 2018.
A review of Viet Nam’s NRE-related SDG targets and indicators, supported by an Asian Development Bank technical assistance, revealed a lack of coordination with social and economic targets, as well as insufficient data collection and management, at the national and provincial level. Guidance on improving policy coherence and data management was developed with the support of the Institute of Strategy and Policy on Natural Resources and Environment (ISPONRE) for the Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment (MONRE) who are mandated to lead on NRE-related SDG target implementation.
Original article published at Development Asia