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


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.

Speaking at the ceremony, Minister of Planning and Investment Bui Quang Vinh stated clearly: “We have agreed that the One Plan aims to mobilize, manage and use effectively the ODA provided by the UN to meet the social and economic development priorities of Viet Nam and in line with the comparative advantages of the UN. The One Plan 2012-2016 is an important guiding document for UN agencies and Vietnamese agencies to identify specific activities, continue to implement the Ha Noi Core Statement on aid effectiveness and implement the Delivering as One Initiative which will foster the joint programming of the UN, identify areas of better cooperation, minimize overlapping and reduce time as well as management costs of the involved stakeholders.”

UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Ms. Pratibha Mehta, said: “The One Plan 2012-2016 aims to support Viet Nam in promoting inclusive growth and tackling climate change, ensuring equitable service delivery and improving governance. The new One Plan also marks the beginning of a new five year phase of the Delivering as One Initiative in Viet Nam which will continue to strengthen the ‘six one’s’ and strive for inclusive and equitable sustainable development.”   

The new One Plan for 2012-2016 represents a significant pillar of the Delivering as One Initiative in Viet Nam. As one of eight global pilot countries, the Delivering as One Initiative aims for UN system wide coherence and greater efficiency and effectiveness at the country level. The signing of the new One Plan demonstrates the commitment of the Government of Viet Nam to remain at the forefront of UN reforms and of UN agencies to continue to ‘deliver as one’ to benefit the people of Viet Nam.

The success of the Delivering as One Initiative in Viet Nam is in large part due to the strong cooperation between the Government, donors and the UN.

Speaking on behalf of donors, Peter D’Huys, First Secretary for Development Cooperation from the Belgium Embassy and Co-Chair of the DaO Informal Donor Group in Viet Nam stressed the leadership provided by the Government to the UN reform process and that the tripartite spirit has been important to drive the process forward. He also noted that development partners will continue to work with the Government and UN to ensure the One Plan remains relevant to the needs of Viet Nam.  

There are 16 UN agencies – FAO, IFAD, ILO, ITC, UNAIDS, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-HABITAT, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UN Women and WHO – as well as IOM participating in the One Plan.  


Notes for editors:

The global ‘Delivering as One’ reform initiative was launched in 2006 when the governments of eight countries – Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam – volunteered to become Delivering as One pilot countries. The eight countries agreed to capitalize on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family and look at ways to increase the UN system’s impact.

In Viet Nam, the initiative brings together the expertise, experience and capacities of all UN agencies in the country to provide more coordinated and effective assistance. The six pillars of reform in Viet Nam include One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Set of Management Practices, One Voice and the Green One UN House.

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