Statement by H.E Ambassador Le Hoai Trung
Permanent Representative of Viet Nam to the United Nations
at UNDP/UNFPA and UNOPS Executive Board Meeting – UNFPA Segment
8 September 2011
I would like to thank the Executive Board for giving me the opportunity to speak before the Board for the second time during this session, and this time on the Common Country Program Document (CCPD) and its Results and Resources Framework of the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) for Viet Nam. In this connection, my delegation wishes to express its support for the views presented by Ms. Nobuko Horibe, Director for Asia and the Pacific Regional Office, on the Document.
As I had the opportunity to indicate to the Board on 7 September, 2011 during the UNDP Segment, the UNFPA-Viet Nam cooperation framework is part of the CCPD for UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF. The framework is established on the basis of the One Plan 2012-2016 which was developed in line with Viet Nam’s Socio-Economic Development Plan 2011-2015 and its development strategies in different sectors, UN organizations’ mandate and priorities and inputs from other international development partners. In collaboration with other UN organizations, the emphasis in UNFPA-Viet Nam cooperation will be on a number of outcomes in the three focus areas envisaged in the One Plan, namely sustainable growth, access to quality essential services and social protection, governance and participation. The framework reflects the recognition that Viet Nam has made encouraging progress in development, but remains faced with numerous difficulties. Viet Nam is willing to share with country members of the Board and others the experience that it has with the UN on this process.
In view of the fore-going, Viet Nam appreciates UNFPA’s envisaged contribution through the provision of quality data, research findings, international experience, policy advice, capacity support and the necessary intervention in UNFPA’s areas of expertise. We take particular note of joint activities among UNFPA, UNDP and UNICEF, e.g. in the implementation of Viet Nam Statistical Development Strategy, the promotion of universal access to quality and gender-sensitive health services, including sexual and reproductive health services, for the most vulnerable and disadvantaged groups and evidence-based advocacy with high-level parliamentarians and decision makers. We share the view of many delegations that the availability of resources is essential to the success of development cooperation. We hope that there would be continued substantial support from headquarters in the various aspects of the implementation of joint actions of the UN organizations in the country.
I would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to UNFPA and other development partners for the precious support over the years and in the preparation of the One Plan, CCPD and this UNFPA framework. Our cooperation has resulted tangible successes in Viet Nam for the well-being of the Vietnamese people and in the interests of international development cooperation. My delegation trusts that it will bring about further success in the new stage.
Thank you, Mr. President.