|Ms. Pratibha Mehta, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam
HA NOI (VNS)— The Government, donors and United Nations yesterday reconfirmed their commitment for Viet Nam to continue as a leading global example of UN Reform.
The pledge was made at an annual review of United Nations support to Viet Nam,
By ‘Delivering as One' (DaO), the expertise, experience and capacities of 14 resident and two non-resident UN agencies in Viet Nam have been channelled together to provide development assistance in a more coordinated and effective way.
Through greater harm-onisation and alignment with Viet Nam's development priorities, the UN has been able to achieve more coherence, better results and greater impacts for the benefit of all people in Viet Nam, officials said.
Reasons for success
A UN statement said "last year was an important time for reflection and review of UN reforms, in the spirit of Viet Nam's active role in several assessments of its DaO experience during the past five years."
It said the Govern-ment's "strong ownership and determination to drive forward the UN reform process for greater harmonisation and development effectiveness are major factors behind DaO's in-country success."
Late last year, at a global level, Viet Nam's experience informed inter-governmental negotiations in the Quadrennial Comprehensive Policy Review (QCPR) of UN operational activities for development. This lead to UN General Assembly Resolution 67/226 confirming that member states wanted a strong UN development system that was strategically relevant, nimble, and ready and able to help deliver sustainable development.
They recognised DaO as an appropriate approach to move forward at a country level.
In Viet Nam, the six pillars of UN reform offer a new way of operating, guided by six ‘Ones' - One Plan, One Budget, One Leader, One Voice, One Set of Management Practices and One UN House.
DaO is transforming the way the UN operates in Viet Nam's lower middle-income context, the review meeting heard.
"By focusing on the UN's normative role and ability to convene, broker knowledge and pull in a wide range of expertise and resources from across the UN System, it ensures greater value addition to the socio-economic development of Viet Nam," the statement said.
"The Government's strong leadership of DaO is globally recognized," said Pratibha Mehta, the UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam.
"The UN has a vital role to play in supporting Viet Nam in its efforts to reduce poverty and accelerate progress to achieving Millennium Development Goals, especially as the 2015 deadline draws closer. By DaO, we are ensuring that the UN is fit for purpose to deliver on this agenda, and able to draw on the diverse strengths of its individual UN Agencies," she said. — VNS