Vietnam, UN sign new cooperation framework for 2017-2021

Wednesday, 2017-07-05 16:31:11
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Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung (R) and UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra sign the new One Strategic Plan 2017-21 in the presence of representatives from relevant Vietnamese ministries and agencies, the UN, development partners and other organisations, Hanoi, July 5, 2017. (Credit: NDO)
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NDO – A key new systematic and strategic framework for delivering United Nations support to Vietnam was reached between the two sides on July 5, highlighting the strong commitment of both the UN and the Government of Vietnam to the National Action Plan for the implementation of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development (SDGs).

As assigned by the Prime Minister, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung and UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra, on behalf of the UN, signed the new Joint One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the 2017-2021 period, between the Government of Vietnam and 18 UN agencies.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Dung said that since 2006, Vietnam alongside seven other countries have jointly piloted the global ‘Delivering as One’ reform initiative initiated by the UN, with the OSP is one of the cornerstones of this initiative.

Over the past ten years, Vietnam has made remarkable achievements in socio-economic development and environmental protection, particularly in achieving the Millennium Development Goals and now the 2030 Agenda, with 17 goals for sustainable development. With its achievements under cooperation with the UN, Vietnam has been recognised as a role model and an active UN member, making concerted efforts in the UN reform process, Dung added.

The Vietnamese minister stated that the OSP has been signed and implemented at the same time as Vietnam begins to implement the National Action Plan for execution of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

He stressed that the nation will apply synchronous measures for curbing inflation, stabilising the macro economy and ensuring social security, whilst at the same time, implementing drastic and effective solutions to restructure the economy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner.

The Government has been doing its upmost to improve the institutional and policy framework in order to mobilise the resources from all of the economic sectors to boost the country’s growth, Dung said.

The strategic plan aims to mobilise, manage and effectively use the provided UN resources to serve Vietnam's socio-economic development in line with UN goals. The document is also an important strategic framework for the UN and its agencies to identify specific programmes and projects for the continuous implementation of the Delivering as One initiative, while identifying more effective collaborative areas, limiting duplication, whilst reducing the time and cost of participating parties.

Praising the UN’s important role in assisting Vietnam during its development, Minister Dung affirmed that, together with other development partners, the UN has supported Vietnam’s development, integration and active participation in the global development context, through the provision of policy advice and technical support provided to Vietnam, sharing its experiences with other developing countries, and the introduction of professional experiences that has helped to ensure a sustainable and green growth economy, with a balance between social and economic development.

According to UN Resident Coordinator, Kamal Malhotra, through the new OSP 2017-2021, the UN will continue to build on its comparative advantages in providing Vietnam with integrated solutions to complex multidimensional development challenges, by drawing on collective regional and global knowledge; supporting a normative voice on human rights, prioritising equity and citizen-centred reforms; and strengthening South-South cooperation.

With an estimated budget of US$423 million, the OSP 2017-2021 prioritises four focus areas, shaped by the central themes of the SDGs (People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace). It is built on the three principles of inclusion, equity and sustainability, and is well aligned with Vietnam’s Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020, its Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020, the 2030 SDGs, as well as Vietnam’s international human rights commitments.

The OSP 2017-2021 also advances common ground for the expansion of partnerships between the UN, the Government, private sector actors and development partners, as well as legally established non-state organisations and groups.

The global ‘Delivering as One’ reform initiative was launched in 2006 when the governments of eight countries – Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Vietnam – volunteered to become Delivering as One pilot countries. The eight countries agreed to capitalise on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family and look at ways to increase the impact of the UN system.

In Vietnam, the initiative brings together the expertise, experience and capacities of all UN agencies in the country to provide more coordinated and effective assistance, focusing on six pillars of reform, including One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Set of Management Practices, One Voice and the Green One UN House.