UN, VN sign new cooperation framework plan for 2017-2021

Viet Nam and the United Nations (UN) signed a One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the 2017-2021 period in Ha Noi on July 5.

As assigned by the PM, Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung and UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam Kamal Malhotra, on behalf of the UN, signed the new Joint One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the 2017-2021 period, between the Government of Viet Nam and 18 UN agencies.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Dung said the OSP was signed and implemented when Viet Nam began to carry out its National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Along with other development partners, the UN plays an important role in supporting Vietnam's development, integration and engagement in the common development of the world through providing advice and policy support for the Vietnamese Government, sharing the country's experience with other developing nations, and introducing specialised experience in ensuring an economy with green and sustainable growth, he noted.

The Vietnamese minister stated that the OSP has been signed and implemented at the same time as Viet Nam begins to implement the National Action Plan for execution of the 2030 Agenda on Sustainable Development.

He stressed that the nation will apply synchronous measures for curbing inflation, stabilising the macro economy and ensuring social security, whilst at the same time, implementing drastic and effective solutions to restructure the economy in a comprehensive and inclusive manner.

The Government has been doing its upmost to improve the institutional and policy framework in order to mobilise the resources from all of the economic sectors to boost the country's growth, Dung said.

The strategic plan aims to mobilise, manage and effectively use the provided UN resources to serve VietNam's socio-economic development in line with UN goals. The document is also an important strategic framework for the UN and its agencies to identify specific programmes and projects for the continuous implementation of the Delivering as One initiative, while identifying more effective collaborative areas, limiting duplication, whilst reducing the time and cost of participating parties.

Praising the UN's important role in assisting Vietnam during its development, Minister Dung affirmed that, together with other development partners, the UN has supported Vietnam's development, integration and active participation in the global development context, through the provision of policy advice and technical support provided to Viet Nam, sharing its experience with other developing countries, and the introduction of professional experiences that has helped to ensure a sustainable and green growth economy, with a balance between social and economic development.

UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra said through the new OSP 2017-2021, the UN will continue to build on its comparative advantages in providing Viet Nam with integrated solutions to tackle complex multidimensional development challenges by drawing on collective regional and global knowledge, supporting a normative voice on human rights, prioritising equity and citizen-centered reforms, and strengthening South-South cooperation.

With an estimated budget of US$423 million, the OSP 2017-2021 prioritises four focus areas, shaped by the central themes of the SDGs (People, Planet, Prosperity and Peace). It is built on the three principles of inclusion, equity and sustainability, and is well aligned with Vietnam's Socio-Economic Development Strategy 2011-2020, its Socio-Economic Development Plan 2016-2020, the 2030 SDGs, as well as Vietnam's international human rights commitments.

The OSP 2017-2021 continues to develop the foundation for expanding partnerships among the UN, the Government, private partners, development partners, and legally established non-governmental organisations and groups.

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 Vietnam � volunteered to become Delivering as One pilot countries.

The eight countries agreed to capitalise on the strengths and comparative advantages of the different members of the UN family and look at ways to increase the impact of the UN system.

Source: Online Newspaper of the Government of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam