Vietnam, United Nations sign one strategic plan for 2017-2021 hinh anh 1The Vietnamese Government and the United Nations signed ​the One Strategic Plan for 2017-2021 on July 5 (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The Vietnamese Government and the United Nations (UN) signed a One Strategic Plan (OSP) for the 2017-2021 period in Hanoi on July 5.

Minister of Planning and Investment Nguyen Chi Dung, assigned by the Vietnamese Prime Minister, and UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra, on behalf of the UN, inked the OSP between the Vietnamese Government and the 18 UN agencies of FAO, ILO, IOM, ITC, IAEA, UNAIDS, UNCTAD, UNDP, UNEP, UNESCO, UNFPA, UN-Habitat, UNICEF, UNIDO, UNODC, UNV, UN Women, and WHO.

Minister Dung said the OSP was signed and implemented when Vietnam began to carry out its National Action Plan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

Along with other development partners, the UN plays an important role in supporting Vietnam’s development, integration and engagement in the common development of the world through providing advice and policy support for the Vietnamese Government, sharing the country’s experience with other developing nations, and introducing specialised experience in ensuring an economy with green and sustainable growth, he noted.

UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malhotra said through the new OSP 2017-2021, the UN will continue to build on its comparative advantages in providing Vietnam with integrated solutions to tackle complex multidimensional development challenges by drawing on collective regional and global knowledge, supporting a normative voice on human rights, prioritising equity and citizen-centered reforms, and strengthening South-South cooperation.

The OSP 2017-2021 is based on the three principles of inclusion, equity and sustainability. It is aligned with the country’s socio-economic development strategy for 2011-2020, socio-economic development plan for 2016-2020, the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), as well as the international human rights commitments of Vietnam.

With an estimated budget of 423 million USD, the OSP 2017-2021 prioritises four focal areas shaped on the basis of the key themes of the SDGs (people, planet, prosperity and peace).

The OSP 2017-2021 continues to develop the foundation for expanding partnerships among the UN, the Government, private partners, development partners, and legally established non-governmental organisations and groups.-VNA