Ambassador Le Hoai Trung
Representative of the Socialist Republic of Viet Nam
Agenda Item 25: Operational
activities for development of the Second Committee of the 67th
Session of the United Nations General Assembly
York, October 15, 2012)
My delegation associates itself with
the statement made by the distinguished representative from Algeria on behalf of the Group of 77 and China
and the joint statement of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
Viet Nam would like to take this
opportunity to reiterate the primary importance of the development pillar in
the work of the United Nations. We believe that strengthening and intensifying
development co-operation is in the interest of all countries and critical to
the attainment of other purposes of the United Nations. The Quadrennial Comprehensive
Policy Review (QCPR) is an opportunity to reflect on the experience over the
past 5 years with a view to taking new steps and solutions to address new
developments and demands.
Viet Nam is concerned about the
decline in funding for UN operational activities for development. This poses
challenges to the operation of the UN development system, especially at the
country level where programming activities in development take place. We urge
that development partners would continue their commitment to ODA pledge to promote
the realization of internationally agreed development goals.
Viet Nam is strongly committed to
enhancing coherence, efficiency and effectiveness of the UN development system.
volunteered to be one of the 8 pilot countries of “Delivering as One” (DAO). It
is the continuation of the “One UN” reform in Viet Nam which was in fact
initiated before DAO. The “One UN” primarily
stemmed from Viet Nam’s
policy of making the most efficient use of all resources, in line with our view
that internal resources are decisive and external resources are important.
The Government of Viet Nam highly appreciates
the comparative advantages of UN
organizations, which contributed significantly to our country’s socio-economic
development throughout the post-war reconstruction and reform periods and in
our course of international integration. However, the Government of Viet Nam,
the UN Country Team and many development partners believe that to be relevant,
efficient, effective and given the limited resources, UN development
cooperation activities in Viet
Nam need to be more coherent in purpose,
more coordinated and focused in action and more harmonized in management.
Almost all the six components of the One UN-DAO
are now in place in Viet Nam.
One Plan (2012-2016) has been developed
based on key national priorities and UN comparative advantages and used as a
framework for Viet Nam
country programs of UNDP, UNFPA, UNICEF and several other UN organizations. A
One Plan Fund has been established to facilitate the mobilization of
un-earmarked and multi-year funding. The Resident Coordinator is provided with
more concrete responsibility for coordination in the different aspects of the One
UN. The One Set of Management Practices has been completed and important
guidelines approved by the Government and put into practice. Work is under way to build the Green One UN
The important factors in the promotion of the
One UN-DAO in Viet Nam
are the Government ownership, active participation of UN organizations,
especially the Country Team, support from development partners and hard efforts
to deal with various technical issues.
We respect the mandates and identities of different UN organizations
which allow them to respond to the diverse development needs. Now the One UN-DAO in Viet Nam has passed the stage of
setting in process and moved into the stage of working more for results. It has put in place a framework for the
possible reforms towards effective and efficiency in Viet Nam-UN development
cooperation. However there remain considerable challenges, including those
related to the shortage of resources and effective implementation of what has
been agreed upon. It thus requires further
support from headquarters of UN organizations and development partners.
Efforts to promote the effectiveness, efficiency
and relevance of UN development operational activities cannot substitute the
greatly needed resources and must not alter the principles guiding UN
development cooperation. These efforts are needed to enhance development
cooperation, which can have both immediate and profound impact on lives and
rights of people but at the same time regrettably has not always attracted the
level of attention it deserves in the work of the United Nations.
delegation of Viet Nam
looks forward fruitful discussions on the various aspects of UN development
Thank you for your kind attention.