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Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations sign new One Plan for 2012-2016

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op3 signing mpi 01Ha Noi, 27 March 2012 – On behalf of the Government of Viet Nam, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh and representatives of the 16 UN agencies in Viet Nam and IOM today signed a new One Plan, covering the period 2012 to 2016. The new One Plan is the framework for cooperation programmes of UN agencies and IOM in Viet Nam over the next five years. It outlines a joint and strategic programme of work which will support Viet Nam in addressing its development priorities. The total budget for the One Plan is estimated at US$ 480 million.

The One Plan outlines three broad focus areas where the UN and the Government of Viet Nam will jointly implement work in the period from 2012 to 2016. This includes supporting the Government to achieve inclusive, equitable and sustainable growth; access to quality essential services and social protection; and enhanced governance and participation. Work in these areas responds to Viet Nam’s priorities, as outlined in the 2011-2020 Socio-Economic Development Strategy and the 2011-2015 Socio-Economic Development Plan.


UN, EU and Government of Viet Nam agree to updated UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Viet Nam - Version 2012

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The UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Viet Nam - Version 2012 updated today 28 March 2012Ha Noi, March 28, 2012 – Representatives of the United Nations, the European Commission, European Union Member States, the Delegation of the European Union, and the Government of Viet Nam have agreed to updated UN – EU Guidelines for Financing of Local Costs in Development Co-operation in Vietnam - Version 2012.

The 2012 Version provides clear and transparent guidelines for the management of Official Development Assistance (ODA) in Viet Nam and represents a tangible contribution to aid effectiveness in the context of the Hanoi Core Statement on Aid Effectiveness. The updatedUN-EU rates are to be used as reference guidelines by all national implementing partners and other counterparts in Viet Nam for the local costs of projects funded by UN agencies and the EU and its Member States’ missions in Viet Nam.


Approval of the revised One Plan marks a major milestone in Viet Nam's One UN Initiative

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One Plan 2 signing ceremonyOn June 20 the revised One Plan - which expands the number of participating UN organisations in the Plan from 6 to 14 - was approved by Viet Nam's Prime Minister and signed by Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc, as well as by UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra and the representatives of the 14 participating UN organizations: FAO, IFAD, ILO, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNIDO, UNESCO, UNICEF, UNIFEM, UNODC, UNV and WHO. One of the five pillars of the One UN Initiative in Viet Nam, the OP2  brings together into one coherent framework the programmes of 14 resident UN entities in order to better support Viet Nam in achieving the MDGs and its national development goals. 

Progress made with other aspects of the One UN Initiative

Progress on all aspects of the One UN Initiative was discussed at the Tripartite National Taskforce (TNTF) meeting on June 13 in Ha Noi.




The Secretary-General's message on World Habitat Day


5 October 2015 - Each year on World Habitat Day, we reflect on the state of human settlements and on what we want the cities of the future to look like.

This year’s observance follows the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development – an inspiring new framework that will guide our efforts to end poverty and ensure prosperity for all on a healthy planet.  

The new Sustainable Development Goals – which include SDG-11 to “make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable” – represent a broad international consensus that recognizes sustainable urban development as a transformational approach. As part of an integrated agenda, cities and human settlements have an important role to play across the entire spectrum of the 2030 Agenda.


The Secretary-General's message on The International Day of Older Persons


1 October 2015 - On the 25th anniversary of the International Day of Older Persons, we recognize that older persons are an enormous asset to society and make a significant contribution to global development.

On September 25 at United Nations Headquarters in New York, Heads of State and governments committed themselves to building a sustainable world where no one, regardless of their age or gender, is left behind. In implementing the newly adopted 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, we must account for the demographic changes of the next 15 years. These will have a direct bearing on the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals.


Remarks by the Secretary-General at summit for the adoption of the Post-2015 Development Agenda


New York, 25 September 2015

Esteemed co-Chairs of this post-2015 Summit,
Mr. President of the General Assembly,
Distinguished Heads of State and Government,
Distinguished guests,
Ladies and Gentlemen,

We have reached a defining moment in human history.

The people of the world have asked us to shine a light on a future of promise and opportunity.

Member States have responded with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The new agenda is a promise by leaders to all people everywhere.

It is a universal, integrated and transformative vision for a better world.

It is an agenda for people, to end poverty in all its forms.

An agenda for the planet, our common home.

An agenda for shared prosperity, peace and partnership.

It conveys the urgency of climate action.

It is rooted in gender equality and respect for the rights of all.

Above all, it pledges to leave no one behind.  


The Secretary-General's message on The International Day of Peace 2015


21 September 2015 - This year's International Day of Peace comes at a time of deadly violence and destabilizing conflicts around the world. Rather than succumbing to despair, we have a collective responsibility to demand an end to the brutality and impunity that prevail.

I call on all warring parties to lay down their weapons and observe a global ceasefire. To them I say: stop the killings and the destruction, and create space for lasting peace.

Although it may seem hopelessly distant, the dream of peace pulses in the lives of people everywhere.


The Secretary-General’s Message on the International Day For the preservation of the Ozone layer

16 September 2015 - Not so long ago, humanity stood on the brink of a self-inflicted catastrophe. Our use of ozone-depleting substances such as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) had torn a hole in the ozone layer that protects us from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation.

But we tackled this challenge. Thirty years ago, the international community signed the Vienna Convention for the Protection of the Ozone Layer. Under its Montreal Protocol, the world united to slash the production and consumption of CFCs and other ozone-depleting substances.