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 on March 27 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 plan provides common framework for projects funded by the UN and IOM in Viet Nam over the next five years to assist the country in resolving prioritized issues set in the 2011-2020 socio-economic development strategy and five year socio-economic development plan for the 2011-2015 period. Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam stressed that the plan will support Việt Nam to accelerate growth for all and adapt to climate change, develop qualified essential services and enhance public administration capacity.

Speaking at the signing ceremony, Minister Vinh said the plan was designed to mobilize, manage and use UN’s official development assistance resources effectively. The joint cooperation plan is also an important guiding document for the UN and Vietnamese agencies to identify the next concrete cooperative activities in order to reduce time and costs of the relevant parties.

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.

Based on the joint planning process undertaken by the UN Country Team in Viet Nam, One Plan 2012-2016 priorities, including the Focus Areas, Outcomes and Outputs, are directly reflected in: UN-HABITAT’s Medium Term Strategic and Institutional Plan policy framework and policy papers 2008-13; FAO’s Country Programme Framework; IFAD’s Results-Based Country Strategic Opportunities Programme 2013-17; ILO’s Decent Work Country Programme 2012-16; IOM’s Yearly Work Plan; UNAIDS’ Country Work Plan; the Common Country Programme Documents 2012-16 for UNDP, UNICEF and UNFPA; UNESCO’s Country Programming Document 2012-2016; UNIDO’s Five-year Country Programme 2012-16; UNODC’s Country Programme 2012-16; UNV’s Programme Strategy; UN Women’s Country Strategy 2012-2016 and WHO’s Biennium Cooperation Programme 2012-13; and nonresident organizations ITC’s Strategic Plan 2014-17 and UNEP’s Medium Term Development Strategy 2010-2013 and Programmes of Work 2010-2011 and 2012-2013.

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

Specifically, UN-Habitat is involving in:

Outcome 1.1: “By 2016, key national institutions formulate and monitor people-centred, green and evidence-based socio-economic development policies to ensure quality of growth as a middle-income country ” with outputs including Strategic options for development policies defined and considered by policy-makers to promote inclusive, green, people centered and equitable; Stengthen capacities of data producers, providers and users for green, people centred based economic development planning and decision making;

Outcome 1.3: “By 2016, key national and sub-national Agencies, in partnership with the private sector and communities, have established and monitor multi-sectoral strategies, mechanisms and resources to support implementation of relevant multilateral agreements and effectively address climate change adaptation, mitigation and disaster risk management” with outputs including: Resilience of at-risk and vulnerable groups to natural hazards is enhanced, and nationally relevant aspects of international agreements on disaster risk management are implemented; National long-term climate change strategy operationalized that is based on the national development vision (SEDS), while building on the National Target Programme Results.

Outcome 1.4: “By 2016, key national and sub-national Agencies, in partnership with the private sector and communities, implement and monitor laws, policies and programmes for more efficient use of natural resources and environmental management, and implement commitments under international conventions” with outputs including: Policies, regulations and fiscal tools for green economic development, natural resources management and cleaner production are formulated and applied; Regulations and fiscal tools formulated and operationalized to enhance rights of the land holders, improve land use and water resources management, and enhance access to decent and social housing by the poor and vulnerable groups.

Outcome 2.1: “By 2016, a more effective national social protection system provides increased coverage, quality, and equitable access for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups” with outputs including: Alternative legal, policy, targeting and financing options are available and considered by the Government for the expansion of integrated and adequate social assistance, social insurance and social welfare and protection services; Institutional and human resource capacity strengthened to design and deliver social assistance, social insurance and social welfare and protection services.

Outcome 2.2: “By 2016, increased quality and effective management of a comprehensive national health system, including health promotion and health protection, with a focus on ensuring more equitable access for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups” with outputs including: National and sub-national capacities enhanced to improve evidence and the equitable access to, and demand for, quality and sustainable water supply and hygienic sanitation.

Outcome 3.3: “By 2016, improved performance of the public sector institutions at national and sub-national levels, through enhanced coordination, accountability, transparency and anti-corruption efforts, will reduce disparities and ensure access to public services for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups” with outputs including: Government Agencies at the national and sub-national level are able to apply participatory, evidence based and cross-sectoral approaches in planning, implementation and monitoring the public services delivery for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups.