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Unleashing the Potential of Partnerships and Reinforcing Joint Ownership of UN Assistance

Date added: 08/17/2016
Downloads: 4296
Unleashing the Potential of Partnerships and Reinforcing Joint Ownership of UN Assistance

Unleashing the Potential of Partnerships and Reinforcing Joint Ownership of UN Assistance to Lower Middle-Income Viet Nam

A background Paper on the UN’s Role and Modalities for Cooperation in preparation to the formulation of the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021 commissioned by the United Nations in Viet Nam in 2015/2016

The paper “Unleashing the Potential of Partnerships and Reinforcing Joint Ownership of UN Assistance to Viet Nam”, commissioned in 2015 and finalized in March 2016, serves as a Background Paper on the UN’s Role and Modalities for Cooperation in the context of Viet Nam as a lower middle-income country and with commitments to the 2030 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It provided inputs to the formulation of the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021.
This paper discusses the main direction for delivery of UN support to Viet Nam over the next five years through the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021. It outlines the UN’s commitment to relevant, responsive and effective assistance and summarizes the approaches and modalities that underpin a more flexible and agile response, with greater effectiveness and efficiency. The paper was developed through a consultative process with Government ministries, committees of the National Assembly, CEMA, VASS, Viet Nam Fatherland Front, one provincial People’s Committee, civil society organizations (national and international), prominent intellectuals, private sector representatives and development partners, including donors to the One UN, other bilateral and multilateral partners, and development banks.

Common Country Assessment for Viet Nam

Date added: 08/17/2016
Downloads: 4461
Common Country Assessment for Viet Nam


Commissioned by the United Nations in Viet Nam in 2015/2016 in preparation for the formulation of the One Strategic Plan 2017-2021

As a common instrument of the UN system in Viet Nam, this Common Country Assessment (CCA) provides a situational analysis of the country as it prepares to operationalize and implement its commitment to realizing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), globally adopted in September 2015 by UN Member States. The CCA is, therefore, a first attempt at consolidating the available official knowledge on Viet Nam’s development progress as well as the remaining challenges, embracing the new conceptual framework of the SDGs.

This CCA is also an initial step in the planning process for the One Strategic Plan for the new programming cycle of 2017-2021 (known as United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) in other countries). As the current One Plan 2012-2016 nears its end, the UN Country Team (UNCT) has initiated the planning process for the 2017-2021 period, following the guidance of the United Nations Development Group (UNDG) and the in-country experience gained during the development of the One Plan 2012-2016. This process will mark the first time that UN agencies embrace the SDGs in planning their support, “as one”, to the Government of Viet Nam.

The assessment was conducted by an external team of consultants - Tsamota Limited under close guidance by the UNCT. The CCA uses an innovative methodology that combines the issue of human rights with socio-economic analysis, with an explicit focus on equity, inclusion and vulnerability. The CCA was conducted through a systematic desk review and was based solely on sources and data in the public domain. All UN agencies in Viet Nam provided documentation and participated in the review process. The Government of Viet Nam and regional UN agency bodies also provided extensive comments to finalize the document in March 2016 and officially publish it in May 2016.

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Development finance for sustainable development goals in middle-income Viet Nam

Date added: 06/01/2015
Downloads: 5317
Development finance for sustainable development goals in middle-income Viet Nam

Financing Viet Nam's development: Meeting the new challenges

Vietnam has entered into a challenging new phase in its national development. After two decades of rapid progress, the pace of economic growth and poverty reduction has fallen away. The Government of Vietnam (GoV) has recognised that it needs new strategies to maintain its growth as a Middle-Income Country (MIC).
Vietnam is also entering a new phase in its development cooperation. Over the past decade, Vietnam has been one of the top recipients of official development assistance (ODA) in the world. Yet other funding sources, including domestic revenues, public borrowing and foreign direct investment (FDI), have grown much more quickly, making ODA an increasingly minor part of the overall development finance picture. Now that Vietnam is a MIC, ODA flows will decrease and become less concessional in nature.

This Development Finance and Aid Assessment (DFAA) was commissioned by Vietnam’s Ministry of Planning and Investment (MPI), with support from UNDP and the European Union, to examine the changing development
finance picture. It examines the various sources of development finance available to Vietnam, looking at how they have developed in recent years and their likely future trajectory. It assesses legal and institutional constraints on their mobilisation and effective use. It makes recommendations to the Government of Vietnam (GoV) and development partners on options for improving the complementarity of different sources of development finance, in keeping with the focus of the Busan Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation and the Vietnam Partnership Document on overall development effectiveness.

UN-EU Guidelines for financing of local costs in development co-operation with Viet Nam

Date added: 05/27/2015
Downloads: 7392
UN-EU Guidelines for financing of local costs in development co-operation with Viet Nam

In June 2009, the GoV, UN and EU for the first time introduced the common UN-EU Guidelines for Financing for Local Costs in Development Co-operation with Viet Nam (Version 2009). This all-encompassing concerted effort - based upon an open market approach - was considered a significant step towards gradual alignment of donor cost norms and GoV systems for ODA-funded programmes and projects in Viet Nam. It also signified the GoV's intention to progressively update its cost norms closer to market conditions.

Since 2009, the common UN-EU Guidelines approach has brought positive results for improving aid effectiveness and strengthening national ownership in Viet Nam and further facilitate the implementation of ODA-funded programmes and projects in Viet Nam.

Joint Country Analysis of Viet Nam

Date added: 01/11/2011
Downloads: 19047
Joint Country Analysis of Viet Nam

This study has been commissioned by the United Nations (UN) and a group of “like-minded” partners (LMDG) with the purpose of achieving a deeper knowledge of current key development challenges and policy choices facing Viet Nam. The study identifies development challenges, analyses potential barriers to maintaining rapid economic growth and explores the requirements of promoting broad-based improvements in living standards and welfare, inclusive of the most disadvantaged and vulnerable segments of Viet Nam?s population.

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1 December 2017

Michel Sidibé
Executive Director of UNAIDS
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations

This World AIDS Day, we are highlighting the importance of the right to health and the challenges that people living with and affected by HIV face in fulfilling that right.


Community spaces design contest for an exciting hanoi

Ha Noi, October 17/10/2017 - Aiming at improving the living environment and bringing culture and art to the community towards a better urban future, United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) successfully developed the project “Promote participatory, community-based and youth-led approach in safe, greening public spaces in Hoan Kiem district toward a pro-poor, inclusive and sustainable urban development” (hereinafter called Public Spaces project) under the Block by Block program with Mojang, the makers of the videogame Minecraft.


Deadline for round 1: From 17/10/2017 to 04/11/2017 Extended to 9 November 2017


Harsh punishment for child offenders doesn’t prevent further criminality

The age at which a child, can be held criminally liable is a controversial issue around the world. Within Viet Nam, this issue is currently being grappled with in the Penal Code amendments. Some argue that a "get tough on crime" approach is necessary to punish children to prevent further criminality.

However, international research shows that because of their developmental stages, labelling and treating children as criminals at an early age can have serious negative impacts on their development and successful rehabilitation.


New Year Greetings from the United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


On the occasion of New Year 2017, on behalf of the United Nations family in Viet Nam I wish to reiterate our appreciation and express our warmest wishes to our partners and friends throughout the country. We wish our partners and their families in Viet Nam peace, prosperity, good health and happiness in the coming year.

As we enter the second year of the Sustainable Development Goals era, we look forward to continuing our close cooperation for the sake of Viet Nam’s future development; one which is inclusive, equitable and sustainable, with no one left behind.

Youssouf Abdel-Jelil
United Nations Resident Coordinator a.i. in Viet Nam


UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s message for World AIDS Day, observed on 1 December


Thirty-five years since the emergence of AIDS, the international community can look back with some pride.  But we must also look ahead with resolve and commitment to reach our goal of ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030.

There has been real progress in tackling the disease. More people than ever are on treatment.  Since 2010, the number of children infected through mother to child transmission has dropped by half. Fewer people die of AIDS related causes each year.  And people living with HIV are living longer lives.

The number of people with access to life-saving medicines has doubled over the past five years, now topping 18 million. With the right investments, the world can get on the fast-track to achieve our target of 30 million people on treatment by 2030.  Access to HIV medicines to prevent mother to child transmission is now available to more than 75 per cent of those in need.

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