Viet Nam Common Country Programme Document successfully passes UNICEF Executive Board
HA NOI, Viet Nam – The UNICEF Executive Board on September 13 approved the Viet Nam Common Country Programme Document (CCPD) for the 2012-2016 Programming Cycle – a first-ever joint country programming effort by UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF within the context of the Delivering As One (DaO) initiative.
The introduction of the CCPD is considered a key milestone to the UN Reform process in Viet Nam to ensuring greater programmatic efficiency by improving existing harmonisation and simplification of UN procedures in the country. Developed under a tri-partite task force structure which brought together the Government, the UNCT and donors, the CCPD is tailored to align with national planning processes, particularly the Vietnam 2011-2015 Socio Economic Development Plan.
It is also fully aligned with the under finalisation One Plan 2012-2016 which represents the joint priorities and focus areas of the United Nations in Viet Nam. A shift towards high-quality policy work designed to support the Government in addressing and managing the challenges associated with middle-income country status, the Plan emphasizes high-quality technical assistance, capacity development at national and subnational levels, and the United Nations role in convening stakeholders and expanding partnerships.
By having all activities of the UNCT in one plan under one budget, it is expected to help strengthen the transparency and accountability of the UN to all stakeholders in Vietnam's development.
In 2010, Viet Nam attained middle-income country status, placing it among the countries that have achieved medium human development. Over the past two decades, Viet Nam has achieved rapid economic growth and reduced overall poverty rates, from 58.1 per cent in 1993 to 14.5 per cent in 2008, thereby raising the living standards of the population.
Yet, like other middle-income countries that have achieved rapid growth and reduced poverty, Viet Nam faces a number of challenges. The Socio-economic Development Strategy, 2011-2020, and an independent analysis by the United Nations acknowledged these challenges. The transformation of the national economic structure has highlighted the need to achieve better quality, sustainable growth and ensure a balance between economic growth and social, human and sustainable development goals so that all citizens, including the most vulnerable and disadvantaged, can benefit from the development process.
In 2010, within the context of DaO, the Executive Boards of the UNDP, UNFPA and UNICEF at their annual sessions, on exceptional basis accepted for Tanzania to submit a draft Common Country Programme Document (CCPD) instead of three separate CPDs. Subsequently, in July 2010, the General Assembly agreed for other countries to voluntarily adapt the same approach with the caveat that the CCPD is programmatically consistent with the United Nations Development Assistance Framework or in the case of Viet Nam, the One Plan.
Following this critical step, the three Agencies in Viet Nam have agreed that adapting the CCPD approach and submitting only one document to their respective Executive Boards for the 2012-2016 Programming Cycle would be of great significance to the UN Reform process in a MIC Viet Nam. The three agencies therefore sought and gained the Government of Viet Nam’s concurrence with this proposal, ensuring full integration and consistency of the CPD with the One Plan 2012-2016. – END