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[Excerpt] At the 14th Asian Regional Meeting in September 2006, representatives of governments and employers' and workers' organizations from Viet Nam and other Asia-Pacific member States of the International Labour Organization (ILO) committed themselves to an Asian Decent Work Decade - for the period up to 2015. Decent work involves not only whether women and men have any job but refers also to productive employment that provides an adequate income to keep them and their families out of poverty, security in times of adversity, good working conditions and a voice in decisions that affect their lives and livelihoods.

Labour and Social Trends in Viet Nam 2009/10 is a rich information source that can be used as an advocacy tool for advancing decentwork in Viet Nam. The report provides an overview of recent labour market trends in the country, followed by thematic chapters on the impacts of the global economic crisis and labour market issues for Viet Nam during the Asian Decent Work Decade. It also includes an annex of internationally comparable and sex-disaggregated labour market statistics. In addition, the report provides a number of policy considerations for the Government of Viet Nam in planning the Socio-Economic Development Strategy for 2011-2020 as well as the Socio-Economic Development Plan for 2011-2015.