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


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.

Since the last TNTF in January, the UN Country Team has signed a voluntary MoU outlining the enhanced authority and accountability framework for the Resident Coordinator (RC), with the RC having the final authority to allocate resources from the One Plan Fund.  The UNCT has also approved the One Plan Management Plan (OPMP), which is an internal tool that outlines how to better organize the UN at country level so as to successfully implement the One Plan 2006-2010 and other key elements of the One UN Initiative. An external capacity assessment of the UN is ongoing as per the OPMP plan.
A set of harmonized programme and project management guidelines – the HPPMG – will soon be established as a unique Viet Nam reform feature within the context of the Ha Noi Core Statement. A One UN Communications Team is established and an integrated Monitoring and Results Framework is in place. And the UNCT is developing a new institutional architecture – Programme Coordination Groups – for enhanced inter-agency collaboration. The 11 Programme Coordination Groups (PCGs) will:

Much progress has also been made on the Green One UN House. Viet Nam's President Nguyen Minh Triet personally received Norway’s pledge of USD 1.8 million toward construction of the House while on a State visit to Oslo June 4-5.  New pledges by New Zealand (NZD 500,000) and the UN Environment Programme (USD 750,000) on World Environment Day (5 June), as well as a previous commitment by the United Kingdom (USD 1 million), have brought the project much closer to initiation.

The ongoing change management process is moving ahead. Two ‘Townhall Meetings’ for all staff have been held, and recently a staff survey was conducted by external consultants. The results of the survey, which is an initiative from the Viet Nam pilot, highlight the importance staff attach to the UN reform, with their primary motive being the desire to contribute to more impact for the people of Viet Nam, and concerns on workload and future job security as obstacles that need to be addressed by staff and management together.

Finally, an independent stakeholder survey is being undertaken. The qualitative part of the survey has now been completed, and an online survey tool will soon be constructed to gauge the opinions of 300-400 of the UN stakeholders (donors, GACA and line ministries, other implementing partners such as NGOs, media). The results are expected mid September and will give the UN a strong sense of what the stakeholders think about the UN and the vision that is pursued.

See also the:

pdf One Plan (2): 2006-2010

pdf Snaphot of the One Plan

pdf Speech by Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc at the Signing Ceremony

Speech by UN Resident Coordinator John Hendra at the Signing Ceremony of the One Plan 2