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Deliver as One and Deliver green
The consolidation of all UN Agencies into one UN House is an important component of the UN Secretary General's reform programme. A single UN House fosters unity and co-ordination in all work at the country level. There are more than 60 UN Houses already in operation worldwide.

Currently the 16 UN organizations in Viet Nam are situated in 13 different locations in Ha Noi. Co-location into a Green One UN House  is considered a prerequisite to the full implementation of the One UN Initiative, being essential to overcoming the ‘silo mentality’ that comes with physical separation. Participating UN organizations and agencies in Viet Nam will co-locate and work together to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of the UN in Viet Nam to 'Deliver as One'.

In addition to ‘Delivering as One’, the UN in Viet Nam is keen to implement the call of the UN Secretary General to ‘Deliver Green’.  The Green One UN House represents a model for Viet Nam and other countries demonstrating the viability of innovative sustainable buildings and is an important component of the UN climate change advocacy.

It is clear that the eco-friendly and team-friendly Green One UN House for all UN organizations in Viet Nam is essential to integration, coordination and the realization of greater synergies.

Some history
The ambition to put in place a Green One UN House dates back to the very start of the joint vision of the Government and the UN for the One UN initiative in Viet Nam. From the outset, bringing all UN staff to work together in one building has been an integral part of the UN reforms and the political commitment for this is expressed in the Prime Minister’s decree issued in September 2009 on the establishment of the Green One UN House as an integral pillar of the One UN initiative in Viet Nam. At the end of December 2012, the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations reached a new milestone in advancing the UN reform effort by signing a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for the construction of the Green One UN House. This allowed the UN in Viet Nam to award a contract and to start the renovation works to create the House.

The Green One UN House is expected to be ready for UN agencies to move in during the last quarter of 2014.

Funding
The construction of the house is funded by the financial contribution provided by several donors to the Green One UN House, including Australia, Finland, Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Saudi Arabia, Spain, Switzerland, the UK and the United Nations Environment Programme. In addition to awarding the UN in Viet Nam a 99 plus 99 year lease on the land and the previous UN Apartment Building to renovate as the Green One UN House, the Government has also contributed to the financial viability of the project by granting a ten year rent-free benefit to all UN agencies participating in the Green One UN House.

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Watch the latest update videos on the Green One UN House bellow:

 

9 July Update

 

 

22 May Update

26 March 2014 Update

 

26 February 2014 update

2013 overview

November 2 - November 30


UNDP Administrator Helen Clark visits Green One UN house 

November 7 - Overview

October 5 - October 19

August 10 - August 25

July 16 - August 8

July 7 - July 15

June 22 - July 05

 June 13 - June 22

 May 25 - June 8

May 12 - May 25

April 28 - May 11.
 April 14-April 27
 
March 30 - April 13

Mar 16 - 30 /2013

Mar 03 - 16 /2013
Undergoes first facelift Feb 16 - Mar 02/2013
The groundbreaking

The Fly-Through animation video

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