On 14 – 20 April 2013, a Vietnamese delegation consisting of high-level Governmental officials and Members of the Vietnamese National Assembly visited Norway to learn more about Norway’s efforts in making children and their best interests visible in law and policymaking.
The Government of Vietnam is currently undertaking a revision of the constitution and of the Law on Protection, Care and Education of Children. The country is searching for strategies in implementing recently approved law amendments that are important milestones for early childhood development, in particular relating to extended maternity leave and the ban on advertisement of breast-milk substitutes.
To support this development, the Royal Norwegian Embassy in Vietnam, in cooperation with the UNICEF Country office and Vietnamese authorities prepared a study visit to Norway for a delegation consisting of high-level Governmental officials and members of the Vietnamese National Assembly.
The Vietnamese delegation carried out an extensive programme of meetings and visits with governmental officials, parliamentarians and practitioners in Oslo and Porsgrunn. The aim of the study visit was to provide the opportunity for ministerial staff and Vietnamese National Assembly members to learn more about Norway’s efforts in making children and their best interests visible in law and policymaking.
On the return to Vietnam the delegation expressed that the study visit will inspire the current reform process in Vietnam in strengthening children’s rights, and the delegates were encouraged by the prominent position children have in Norway as nation- and democracy-builders.