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Signing of UN - Government Harmonised Programme and Project Management Guidelines

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hppmg_pr_front_pageHanoi, 6 May 2010 – The first ever Harmonised Programme and Project Management Guide (HPPMG) has been signed today between the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations in Viet Nam. Aiming at harmonizing and simplifying the programme and project management procedures of the three UN ExCom agencies (UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA) as well as aligning them better with the Government’s current system, the HPPMG is expected to reduce transaction costs for the key partners and improve aid effectiveness.

The HPPMG is a key element of the One Set of Management Practices – one of the five pillars of the One United Nations Initiative being piloted in Viet Nam. It is also a joint response by the Government and the three UN agencies to the Paris Declaration and Ha Noi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness. Alignment with Government systems, harmonization of management practices and country ownership are important guiding principles in these documents and they have been duly incorporated in the HPPMG.

As the result of a long and challenging, but also constructive, process of consultations and negotiations between the participating parties, the HPPMG represents the trusted partnership between the Government and UN agencies.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Mr Vo Hong Phuc, Minister of Planning and Investment, expressed his sincere, profound thanks to the managers and staff of three UN ExCom agencies for their trusted partnership and patient efforts during the very difficult process of preparing the HPPMG.  “Contributions of UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA to the HPPMG have, indeed, represented a worthwhile, pioneering effort for other partners to follow in our joint endeavours to implement the aid effectiveness agenda in Viet Nam”, said Minister Phuc.

Never within the UN System, in Viet Nam or elsewhere in the world, has there been a joint set of programme and project management practices that embodies such a high degree of alignment and harmonization,” said John Hendra, UN Resident Coordinator at the signing ceremony. “It is my strong belief that the guide will help reduce the transaction costs for all the parties involved and improve aid effectiveness.”

The HPPMG sets out clear lines of accountability between the parties involved in UN-supported programmes and projects by using a two-track governance system. This means that Government rules are applied when the Government implements project activities and UN agency-specific rules are applied when a UN agency implements project activities.

It is agreed that the HPPMG will be tested in practice over the next couple of years. A revised version of the document will incorporate lessons learnt in this testing period.

The HPPMG will be applied to projects and programmes supported by the three UN ExCom agencies. It is expected that other UN agencies will consider the possibility of adopting the HPPMG over the coming years.

For further information, please contact:

Nguyen Thi Thanh Huong, One UN Communication Office, Tel. 84 4 38224383 ext 118; Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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