by H.E. Ambassador Le Hoai Trung
Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations
at UNDP/UNFPA and UNOPS Executive Board Meeting – UNDP Segment
New York, 7 September 2011
I would like to express my sincere thanks to the Executive Board for giving me this opportunity to share Viet Nam's views as the Board considers the Common Country Program Document (CCPD) for Viet Nam and the cooperation between the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) with Viet Nam. I highly appreciate the excellent presentation of the CCPDs for a number of Asia Pacific countries, including Viet Nam that Mr. Ajay Chhibber, the UN Assistant Secretary-General, Assistant Administrator and Regional Director of UNDP for Asia and the Pacific has just had. I would like to thank the distinguished delegate of Ireland for the statement of support for the CCPD for Vietnam.
First of all, I am glad to highlight the fact that the CCPD is a common cooperation framework for UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF and is aligned with the One Plan for 2012-2016 for all the 17 participating United Nations organizations in Viet Nam. It is another significant outcome of a process, initially called the "One UN" that had been launched by the Government and the UN Country Team in Viet Nam during 2006, come to have the support of UN organizations, development partners and now proceeds along the same line with the efforts towards the UN system-wide coherence supported by the General Assembly in its Resolution 64/289. This process primarily derives from our common desire to make the cooperation more effective and bring into a larger play the comparative advantages of UN organizations. In the same vein, we would welcome future CCPD consideration at joint Board sessions,.
The CCPD and One Plan 2012-2016 have facilitated the joint work between the Government of Viet Nam and the United Nations with the active participation of other bilateral and multilateral development partners to contribute to the implementation of Viet Nam's development strategy and the 2011-2015 National Socio-Economic Development Plan. As it is recognized by the international community, Viet Nam has achieved a relatively high economic growth rate over the last two decades, brought down significantly the overall poverty rate, obtained most of the Millennium Development Goads (MDGs) and has travelled a long path towards international integration. However, Viet Nam still has to cope with significant challenges to maintain the growth momentum, sustain the hard-earned progress in socio-economic development and MDGs implementation, prevent a possible relapse into poverty in a number of areas, avoid the middle-income country trap, further enhance social protection, especially for the poor and ethnic minorities, improve the quality of its human resources, and effectively respond to climate change.
In this context, we would like to express our support for the orientations of cooperation reflected in the UNDP results and resources framework emphasizing UNDP's support for Viet Nam's efforts towards continued comprehensive reforms, which include the change of the economic growth model, the structure of the economy, legal and judicial reforms and institutional strengthening. We would also like to draw the Board's attention to the joint commitments made therein to the betterment of the social protection system, enhancement of gender equality, environmental protection and promotion of Viet Nam's international integration. We hope that there would be sufficient resources for the implementation of the framework. We share the view that at this stage of the joint Delivering-as-One process, the continued, effective coordination between UN organizations and the Government as well as among UN organizations in terms of planning, resources allocation and harmonization of procedures for substantive results are critical.
On behalf of the Government of Viet Nam, I would like to take this opportunity to express our deep gratitude to UNDP and all other international development partners for their precious support for Viet Nam's development efforts and for this CCPD. Viet Nam is determined to work with our partners in activities to implement the CCPD.
Thank you, Madame President.