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Vietnam Urban Forum (Completed)

Background

The Vietnam Urban Forum was established at the initiative of the Government and UNDP in mid-2001. The Swiss Agency for Development Cooperation (SDC) took the lead role in sponsoring its secretariat in Hanoi. The first meeting of the Forum was held in Hanoi in May 2001 in which UN-HABITAT presented a research paper on urban transition in the country. Since then the Forum has assumed a central role in urban policy debate and consultation. In 2003 the “ownership” of the Forum was transferred to the Ministry of Construction, which is also the agency responsible for urban development. A number of consultation meetings have been held since then, and donors have eagerly utilised the Forum to present their views and the findings of the urban project they financed. Each year the Consultative Group on Vietnam convenes to deliberate on development issues and how best to channel external support. UN-HABITAT was asked by UNDP to prepare a summary of the two research-studies it did on urban transition in Vietnam with a view to table the same in the CG meeting to be held in Hanoi in December 2003.

Results

A report with policy bent was prepared in consultation with other donor partners.

Partners

Ministry of Construction, United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), SDC (Swiss Agency for Development & Cooperation), UN-HABITAT, The World Bank, Asian Development Bank, Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC), etc.


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