Governments, donors and United Nations keep up momentum towards Delivering as One at Global Conference in Viet Nam
Ha Noi – After three working days, the "High Level Tripartite Conference on Delivering as One: Lessons from Country-led Evaluation and Way Forward“ has been a success. “This High-level Tripartite Conference demonstrated he realized outcome strong partnership among the Government, the United Nations and the donor community”. Minister of Planning and Investment Vo Hong Phuc noted. “Pilot countries lead the way in operationalising the vision of the UN system at country level”, said Dr. Rose-Asha Migiro, the United Nations Deputy Secretary General “Many of the successful changes need to be institutionalized in order to be sustainable.”
The event brought together over 260 participants from eight countries piloting the ‘Delivering as One’ approach, eight counties having voluntarily 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.
The "Delivering as One” scheme was launched in 2007 to respond to global challenges and experiment how the UN can provide more coordinate development assistance in the nations which volunteered to become pilot cases: Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, and Viet Nam. Together with the world body, these nations are experimenting with ways to increase the UN’s impact through more coherent programmes and accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline
During the first day, participants of the conference took note of the findings, lessons and recommendations of the country-led evaluations as carried out in Albania, Mozambique, Tanzania, Uruguay and Viet Nam, and Malawi acknowledging that the Delivering as One approach is ensuring coherence , improved strategic focus and simplified programming at a country level, ensuring aid-effectiveness.
On 15 June, participants took part in parallel workshops on various themes, including 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. The 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, were discussed 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.
During the opening ceremony of the High Level segment of the Conference on June 16, His Excellence Mr. Nguyen Tan Dung, Prime Minister of Viet Nam stated: “Reform is always a long and challenging process which requires great and persevering and strong commitment and efforts of all nations as well as the UN as a whole. The important thing is that success of the reform would surely bring about enormous benefits to the realization of national development goals and the improvement of the people’s life. As such, I have the firm confidence that with the strong commitment by all the stakeholders involved in this process, the UN Initiative on Delivering as One will definitely produce the desired development results.”
At the conference the representatives of the UN and the Governments of countries that are piloting, voluntary adopted or are interested in Delivering as One approach, arrived at the Ha Noi Statement which charts a clear way forward for the “Delivering as One” initiative.
The Hanoi Statement reaffirms that the old way of doing business is no longer an option and calls upon the UN system to institutionale business and magement systems that enhances efficiency and effectiveness in programme countries. The Statement also calls upon the donors to provide multi-year predictable unearmarked funding to programme countries to make the Delivering as One approach in pilot countries credible now and also relevant and applicale to all other Member states in their future development activities.
The Outcome statement was complemented by a closing statement on behalf of the donors. Mr Jostein Leiro, Deputy Director General, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Norway stated at the conference “Donors appreciate the way Delivering as One countries have demonstrated national ownership and leadership, and stand ready to respond to Governments’ requests to work through the One UN programme.”
"The success of the conference will contribute to the efforts to enhance the coherence and effectiveness in the UN operation as stated in the resolutions of the General Assembly’s resolutions on the system-wide coherence”, Minister of Planning and Investment concluded. "The outcome of this Conference provide a significant source of information for Independent evaluation on Delivering as One which to be conducted in 2011 as well as for intergovernmental processes on system-wide coherence and professional activities for the development of the UN system.”
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