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Date 23/03/2021-15:43:00 PM
Joint Government - UN Steering Committee Meeting on the Delivering as One Initiative
(MPI) - A Joint Steering Committee Meeting of the Government - United Nations on the Initiative for Unified Act in 2021 was held under the co-chair of Mr. Tran Quoc Phuong, Deputy Minister of Planning and Investment –and Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam at the head office of the Ministry of Planning and Investment on the afternoon of March 23rd 2021. Attending the meeting were representatives of the United Nations organizations in Vietnam and relevant ministries and line ministries of Vietnam.
Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong and United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam Kamal Malhotra co-chaired the meeting. Photo: MPI

Deputy Minister Mr. Tran Quoc Phuong said at the meeting that the Covid-19 epidemic broke out, spread rapidly around the world in 2020, causing a resonant effect which originated from the global economic decline since the end of 2019. The Covid-19 pandemic has been, is and will be, covering all socio-economic sectors of countries around the world and pushing the global economy into recession. Chain effects are likely to lead to crises in energy, fuel, and finance. The impact of the epidemic leads to changes and creates new structures, orders, needs, and development trends with new growth opportunities and drivers. This sets out the role of an institution, a strong government with the capacity to adapt and transform to ensure sustainable development as well as resources to protect the people’s health.

The Government of Viet Nam wishes to have innovative methods with the general goal of improving efficiency in development cooperation in the cooperation with the United Nations in particular, and with development partners in general, Deputy Minister Tran Quoc Phuong emphasized.

Kamal Malhotra, United Nations Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam congratulated the Government and the people of Vietnam on their control of the Covid-19 pandemic. Vietnam has had flexible ways to bounce back in a "new normal", not only in economic development but also in people's health care. These results are consistent with the United Nations' sustainable development plan for the period 2022-2026.

The United Nations hopes to share assessments with a unified plan of action to help Vietnam accelerate, be more flexible, and recover faster from the pandemic. The United Nations' Sustainable Development Plan for the period 2022-2026 will also rely on the goals of the 13th Communist Party Congress to not only overcome the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, but also strive to achieve the goals set out by the 13th Communist Party Congress.

Presenting the results of the implementation of One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the period 2017-2020, the representative of the UN’s Leadership Group said that OSP for the period 2017-2020 introduced international good and professional practices, the mission to implement and promote standards, to strengthen humanitarian development, to advance policy and provide neutral technical assistance to achieve SDG goals, to enhance technical and financial resources and creative partnership . They also pointed out ways to improve the capacity of the government, civil society and community, to put forward guidelines to assist in evidence-based planning, implementation, monitoring, and reporting to support the “all-social” and “all-government” approach to achieve the SDGs with a focus on “leaving no one behind”.

The UN’s cooperation for the period 2017-2020 focuses on four key areas: investing in people; ensuring climate resilience and environmental sustainability; fostering prosperity and partnership; promoting justice, peace, and inclusive governance.

Regarding investment in people, the United Nations focuses on hunger eradication and poverty reduction, strengthening social security systems, promoting health equality, and improving quality and inclusive education.

For climate resilience and environmental sustainability, the UN focuses on promoting a low-carbon economy, resource-efficient and energy-efficient production and usage, supporting the development of key legal and policy documents, enhancing capacity building, strengthening cooperation in disaster risk reduction (DRR) and combining the climate change adaptation (CCA) and DRR considering children and gender in strategies / plans.

In terms of fostering prosperity and partnership, the UN pays attention to contributions to macroeconomic development strategies/policies, strengthening the labor market and promoting sustainable employment, empowering workers and boosting collective bargaining, improving women's living and participation for greater resilience to natural disasters and climate change, creating favorable environment for business development.

With respect to promoting justice, peace and inclusive governance, the United Nations focuses on improving access to justice, implementing international human rights recommendations, enhancing women's role in preserving peace, strengthening the legal framework and ensuring participatory and transparent decision-making. The cross-cutting principles are that no one is left behind, human rights, gender equality, sustainability, and increased self-accountability.

Photo: MPI

Regarding the United Nations Sustainable Development Cooperation Framework (UNSDCF) for the period 2022-2026, the representative of the United Nations pointed out that the UNSDCF demonstrated the cooperation of the United Nations development system to implement Agenda 2030 in the host country. The UNSDCF for the period 2022-2026 will replace the One Strategic Plan (OSP) 2017-2021. The process of developing the UNSDCF requires the UN Group of Nations, the Government, and other partners to select and focus on areas with the greatest potential for innovative and inclusive development which can promote the comparative advantages of the United Nations development system.

UNSDCF is jointly owned and signed by the Government and the United Nations, and should comply with the Socio-Economic Development Strategy, the socio-economic development plan, and other national strategies/plans and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The key inputs in the development of the UNSDCF are the OSP assessments, the UN’s overall analysis of the country situation and the program assessments by the UN’s organizations.

For the consultation process, key partners include ministries/agencies of the Government of Vietnam, NGOs, mass organizations, development cooperation partners, private sector, academic and research experts.

UNSDCF provides information for the development of strategic planning documents by the UN’s organizations. The UNDP, UNFTA and UNICEF in Viet Nam will draft their country program documents (CPD) based on the cooperation framework, ensuring the CDP is fully consistent with the cooperation framework outcome areas.

Regarding the outputs of the cooperation framework, Vietnam will implement the goal of inclusive social development; adaptation to climate change, resilience to natural disasters and environmental sustainability; prosperity shared through economic innovation; good governance and access to justice by 2026.

Speaking at the meeting, representatives of the ministries and departments of Vietnam highly appreciated the comments, acknowledging the impressive results that the United Nations has achieved in Vietnam. Given appropriate development priorities and a network of experienced experts, the United Nations has made a positive contribution to Vietnam's socio-economic development. The United Nations was suggested to include assessments of difficulties and problems, and analysis of learned lessons, especially in relation to the project implementation process and procedures in order to have further contributions to Viet Nam./.

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