Hanoi Statement pushes unified UN approach further

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The United Nations and governments of eight countries piloting the One UN approach on June 16 adopted a Hanoi Statement, which pushes the initiative further ahead.

Launched in 2007, the One UN scheme aims at responding to global challenges and experiments with how the UN can provide more coordinated development assistance.

The Hanoi statement aims to help countries gain greater benefits from the UN's programs and accelerate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals and eight antipoverty targets by 2015.

The statement came after a three-day global conference that drew more than 260 participants from the eight piloting countries Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania and Vietnam. It calls upon donors to provide countries with predictable, unearmarked funding that lasts several years for future development activities.

Rose-Asha Migiro, UN Deputy Secretary General, said in closing remarks that experiences with the One Plan, One Budgetary Framework and One Fund have shown how the UN system can be more responsive to national needs and priorities.

"The foundation of a more coherent, more effective, and more efficient United Nations system at the country level has been laid," she said. "I'm pleased to note that interest in "˜delivering as one' continues to grow around the world."

Helen Clark, chair of the UN Development Group, said the UN Country Team in Vietnam has worked "˜as one' to help the government incorporate new social protection policies into its national development plans.

Alan Duncan, minister of state in the UK Department for International Development, said the One UN approach has shown that the UN can change.

"We now need to take it to the next level. The pace needs to speed up. UN politics must not be allowed to prevent changes that will benefit program countries," he said.

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