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Governments, donors and UN keep up momentum towards Delivering as One at global conference in Viet Nam

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rose_and_phucHa Noi, 16 June 2010 – After three working days, the ‘High Level Tripartite Conference on Delivering as One: Lessons from Country-led Evaluation and Way Forward' has come to a successful conclusion.

“This High-level Tripartite Conference demonstrated the realized outcome of a strong partnership between the Government, the United Nations and the donor community,” Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc noted.

“Pilot countries lead the way in operationalising the vision of the UN system at the country level,” said Dr. Rose-Asha Migiro, the United Nations Deputy Secretary General. “Many of the successful changes need to be institutionalized in order to be sustainable.”

The event brought together over 260 participants from eight countries piloting the ‘Delivering as One’ approach, eight counties having voluntarily adopted the Delivering as One approach and seven countries that were invited to exchange experiences, 22 countries that have funded and are interested in the UN reform process, and delegates from the UN, international organizations and diplomatic missions in Viet Nam.

The Delivering as One initiative was launched in 2007 to respond to global challenges and experiment with how the UN can provide more coordinate development assistance in the nations which volunteered to become pilot cases: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam.

Together with the world body, these nations are experimenting with ways to increase the UN’s impact through more coherent programmes, and accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline.

During the first day, participants at the conference took note of the findings, lessons and recommendations of the country-led evaluations carried out in Albania, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam, and Malawi, acknowledging that the Delivering as One approach is ensuring better coherence and aid-effectiveness through improved strategic focus and simplified programming at the country level.

On 15 June, participants took part in parallel workshops on various themes, including:

  1. National ownership and leadership and coherence of the contributions of the UN system;
  2. Responsiveness of the UN system to national needs and priorities;
  3. Effectiveness of the UN system;
  4. Business practices; and
  5. Funding.

The five main pillars of the Delivering as One initiative - One Plan/One Programme; One Fund; One Set of Management Practices/One House; One Leader and One Voice - were discussed in parallel thematic workshops with a view to adopting an action agenda for further improvements in implementing these pillars in pilot countries, as well as in voluntary countries.

During the opening ceremony of the high level segment of the conference on June 16, His Excellence Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Viet Nam, stated: “Reform is always a long and challenging process which requires great, persevering and strong commitment and efforts by all nations, as well as the UN as a whole. The important thing is that the reforms' success would surely bring about enormous benefits to the realization of national development goals and improving people’s lives. As such, I have firm confidence that with the strong commitment by all the stakeholders involved in this process, the UN Initiative on Delivering as One will definitely produce the desired development results.”

During the conference, representatives of the UN and governments of countries that are piloting, have voluntarily adopted or are interested in the Delivering as One approach arrived at the Ha Noi Statement, which charts a clear way forward for the Delivering as One initiative. 

The Hanoi Statement reaffirms that the old way of doing business is no longer an option and calls upon the UN system to institutionalize business and management systems that enhance efficiency and effectiveness in programme countries. The Statement also calls upon donors to provide multi-year, predictable and unearmarked funding to programme countries to make the Delivering as One approach in pilot countries credible now, as well as relevant and applicable to all other Member states in their future development activities.

The Outcome Statement was complemented by a closing statement on behalf of the donors. 

“Donors appreciate the way Delivering as One countries have demonstrated national ownership and leadership, and stand ready to respond to Governments’ requests to work through the One UN programme," Mr Jostein Leiro, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway stated.

“The success of the conference will contribute to efforts to enhance coherence and effectiveness in UN operations, as stated in the resolutions of the General Assembly on UN system-wide coherence,” Vietnamese Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc concluded. “The outcome of this conference provides a significant source of information for independent evaluations on Delivering as One, which will be conducted in 2011, as well as for inter-governmental processes on system-wide coherence and professional activities to develop the UN system.”

For more information, please contact:

Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, One UN Communications team, Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ,
Tel: +84 438224383 ext: 121
Trieu Do Kien, Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment,
Tel: +84 08044928

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