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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 the International Day For The Elimination of Violence Against Women


25 November 2015 - The atrocity crimes being committed against women and girls in conflict zones, along with the domestic abuse found in all countries, are grave threats to progress.

I am deeply concerned about the plight of women and girls living in conditions of armed conflict, who suffer various forms of violence, sexual assault, sexual slavery and trafficking. Violent extremists are perverting religious teachings to justify the mass subjugation and abuse of women. These are not random acts of violence, or the incidental fallout of war, but rather systematic efforts to deny women's freedoms and control their bodies. As the world strives to counter and prevent violence extremism, the protection and empowerment of women and girls must be a key consideration.


The Secretary-General's message on World Diabetes Day 2015


14 November 2015 - Close to 350 million people in the world have diabetes, and the prevalence is rising rapidly, particularly in low- and middle-income countries. There is much all of us can do to minimize our risk of getting the disease and, even if we do get it, to live long and healthy lives with it.

People who have diabetes lose their ability to properly regulate their blood sugar. Out-of-control blood sugar can lead to nerve damage, heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and lower-limb amputation.


The Secretary-General’s message on World Food Day 2015

16 October 2015 - This year's observance of World Food Day follows the landmark adoption by world leaders of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, including a set of 17 goals to guide our work towards a future of dignity and prosperity for all on a healthy planet.

How we choose to grow, process, distribute and consume the food we eat has a profound effect on people, planet, prosperity and peace. Delivering on the promise of the 2030 Agenda will not be possible without rapid progress towards ending hunger and undernutrition. In the same way, delivering on the commitment to end hunger forever, for all people, will not be possible without major gains across the new Agenda.


The Secretary-General’s message for The International Day For Disaster Reduction

13 October 2015 - This year's observance of the International Day for Disaster Reduction is dedicated to the power of traditional, indigenous and local knowledge.

In March 2015 in Sendai, Japan, I met with the President of Vanuatu,

His Excellency Baldwin Lonsdale, at the Third UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction. On that very day, his island nation was devastated by Cyclone Pam, one of the strongest storms ever to strike the Pacific.

The force of the storm led to expectations that there would be great loss of life. Thankfully, this was not the case. One reason was that cyclone shelters built in the traditional style from local materials, saved many lives.


The Secretary-General's message on the International Day of the girl child


New York, 11 October 2015 - The newly adopted Sustainable Development Goals rightly include key targets for gender equality and the empowerment of all women and girls. They offer an opportunity for a global commitment to breaking intergenerational transmission of poverty, violence, exclusion and discrimination – and realizing our vision of a life of dignity for all.

Our task now is to get to work on meeting the SDG targets and making good on our promises to give girls all the opportunities they deserve as they mature to adulthood by 2030. That means enabling them to avoid child marriage and unwanted pregnancy, protect against HIV transmission, stay safe from female genital mutilation, and acquire the education and skills they need to realize their potential. It also requires ensuring their sexual health and reproductive rights. Girls everywhere should be able to lead lives free from fear and violence. If we achieve this progress for girls, we will see advances across society.