Global conference on efforts to improve United Nations support to countries’ development priorities hosted by Viet NamJun 14, 2010
Ha Noi – An international gathering on UN reform efforts at the country level – the‘High Level Tripartite Conference on Delivering as One: Lessons from Country-led Evaluation and Way Forward’ – is taking place in Ha Noi from 14-16 June. The event brings together over 260 participants from eight countries piloting the ‘Delivering as One’ approach, eight countries having voluntary adopted the Delivering as One approach and seven countries that were invited to exchange experiences , 22 countries that have funded and are interested in the UN reform process, delegates from the UN, international organizations and diplomatic missions in Viet Nam.
During the meeting, participants will share the findings and conclusions from the Country-Led Evaluations of the experiences drawn from pilot countries. Based on the lessons learned, the conference will set out an agenda for further actions required to enhance, deepen and expand the ‘Delivering as One’ approach. The Conference is also a forum to communicate to donors the progress as well as challenges in adopting the 'Delivering as One' approach.
In 2007 eight countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Pakistan, Mozambique, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam) agreed to become ‘Delivering as One’ pilots in an effort to improve the coherence, effectiveness and relevance of the United Nations system. Both pilot countries and UN country teams took on an ambitious task: to be the first to implement changes and demonstrate the benefits of closely coordinated actions across different UN agencies supporting each country. The ‘Delivering as One’ approach has since been voluntarily adopted by a growing number of other countries, and tremendous commitment and energy has gone into making this element of UN reform a reality.
The High-Level Tripartite Conference in Ha Noi reflects the commitment of the Government of Viet Nam in collaborating with the UN in promoting a more coherent, effective and efficient UN at the country level.
The High Level Tripartite Conference officially opened on 14 June under the chair of Mr Nguyen The Phuong, Vice-Minister for the Ministry of Planning and Investment of the Government of Viet Nam, and the Chair of the UN Development Group, Ms. Helen Clark. Pilot countries will present and share findings, lessons learnt and conclusions from country-led evaluations.
With five main pillars of the 'Delivering as One' initiative - One plan/ One programme; One fund; One set of management practice/ One house; One leader and One voice, participants will on 15 June take part in parallel thematic workshops with a view to adopting an action agenda for further improvements in implementing these pillars in pilot countries as well in voluntary countries. The themes are i) National ownership and leadership and coherence of the contribution of the UN system; ii) Responsiveness of the UN system to national needs and priorities; iii) Effectiveness of the UN system; iv) Business practices; and v) Funding.
On Wednesday 16 June, the Opening Ceremony of the High Level segment of the conference is expected to be attended by His Excellency Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Viet Nam; Minister of Planning and Investment, Mr Vo Hong Phuc; the United Nations Deputy Secretary General, Ms. Asha Rose Migiro, and high level leaders from other countries, national and international organizations.
The conference is expected to arrive at Ha Noi Statement charting a clear way forward for the "Delivering as One” initiative, reiterating the commitment of the Government of the pilot countries; countries voluntarily adopting 'Delivering as One' approach; donors and UN system in further action to ensure that the UN development system delivers as one more effectively at the country level.
Ms. Nguyen Viet Lan, One UN Communications team
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Trieu Do Kien, Foreign Economic Relations Department, Ministry of Planning and Investment,