UNDP and Viet Nam Renew Programme Cooperation

27 Sep 2013

image Administrator of the UNDP, Helen Clark, and Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung witnessing the signing of the Memorandum of Intent on Programme Cooperation. Photo: Dylan Lowthian/UNDP

New partnership reinforces commitment to UN Delivering as One under middle-income country context

New York – The Administrator of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Helen Clark, and Viet Nam Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung renewed today the mutual commitment to the partnership in the middle-income country (MIC), and witnessed the signing of the memorandum that seals the commitment.

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung and Helen Clark also discussed the progress of “Delivering as One” (DaO) in the country. They analysed strategic policy interventions by UNDP to support structural reforms and re-orientation of Viet Nam’s economic growth towards a more sustainable and inclusive path. The event was held alongside the 68th session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Memorandum of Intent on Programme Cooperation reaffirms UNDP and Viet Nam’s commitment to continue and deepen cooperation under the priority programme directions within the current UN One Plan (2012-2016), including achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and reducing inequalities and vulnerabilities; sustainable development and climate change; and Governance and participation.

The Memorandum also highlights the priorities for cooperation in the MIC context: UNDP support will focus on addressing the needs of vulnerable groups, including ethnic minorities, in order to curb chronic poverty and to strengthen their voice in development planning; promoting public participation and engagement in policy-making and policy implementation; strengthening Viet Nam's institutional renovation and inclusive growth through international integration and south-south cooperation; promoting green growth and countering the negative effects of climate change; enhancing resilience to natural disasters; and promoting partnerships and sustainable solutions to overcome the legacy of war.

Flagship projects support, among others, MDG acceleration actions and poverty reduction among ethnic minority groups and in poorest communes; the implementation of the national Green Growth Strategy; and dialogue among various stakeholders to strengthen access to justice and protection of rights. More equitable human development is also promoted through a project to support the development of the next National Human Development Report on the topic of inclusive growth.

In Viet Nam, DaO is based on six complimentary and mutually reinforcing pillars that guide the way that the 17 UN Agencies work together in the country. With One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Set of Management Practices, One Voice and the One UN House currently under construction, DaO is already transforming the way the UN works, provides leadership, and delivers common messages about development challenges and potential solutions in the country.

The signatories to the Memorandum of Intent are Viet Nam’s Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Bui Quang Vinh, and UNDP Regional Director for Asia and the Pacific, Mr Haoliang Xu.

Contact Information:

UNDP New York: Joyce de Pina, Tel: +1 917 656 3459, joyce.depina@undp.org .
UNDP Viet Nam: Nguyen Viet Lan, Tel. 84-4-38224383 ext.121, nguyen.viet.lan@undp.org