Vietnam Strongly Supports UN’s Role: Deputy PM

Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh has asserted Vietnam's strong support for and commitment to the UN's role in leading and coordinating multilateral efforts to respond to global challenges.

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Vietnam Strongly Supports UN's Role: Deputy PM
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh speaks at the event . Photo: VTV

The Deputy PM presided over a ceremony to mark Vietnam’s 77th National Day (September 2) and the 45th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to the United Nations (September 20), with the attendance of representatives from the UN as well as leaders, ministers and officials of member states, VietnamPlus said.

Speaking at the event on September 23 (local time), Minh briefed the participants on the country’s development journey over the past more than seven decades as well as its outstanding contributions since becoming the 149th member of the UN on September 20, 1977.

He stressed that the similarity of important values and principles has created the foundation for the cooperation and partnership between Vietnam and the UN. The values the UN has promoted are also the values generations of Vietnamese people have fought and sacrificed to protect – those are peace, national independence and justice, Minh stressed.

Vietnam Strongly Supports UN's Role: Deputy PM
At the ceremony marking Vietnam’s 77th National Day (September 2) and the 45th anniversary of Vietnam’s accession to the United Nations (September 20). Photo: VNA

Amid international uncertainties, the Deputy PM once again affirmed the essential role of international solidarity and multilateralism, with the UN at the centre. He also asserted Vietnam’s strong support for and commitment to the UN’s role in leading and coordinating multilateral efforts to respond to global challenges.

Minh expressed his hope that international friends will support Vietnam’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 term so that it can contribute more to the UN’s mission of ensuring and promoting human rights.

UN leaders and representatives of countries expressed their impression with the achievements of the Vietnamese people over the past 77 years, from the struggle for national liberation and reunification to socio- economic development in recent years.

They welcomed Vietnam’s achievements in implementing its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification as well as its active, balanced and responsible contributions to the common affairs of the UN and the international community.

Deputy PM meets UN Secretary-General

Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonió Guterres. (Photo: VGP)
Permanent Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh (L) and UN Secretary-General Antonió Guterres. Photo: VGP

On the sidelines of the high-level week of the 77th UN General Assembly (UNGA 77) in New York on September 23, Minh met with UN Secretary-General Antonió Guterres, according to Nhan dan (People) newspaper.

Guterres noted that the UN will continue paying attention to and support Vietnam’s development priorities towards green and sustainable orientations, and just transition, especially in terms of financial access.

He appreciated Vietnam’s active and responsible contributions to the common affairs of the largest global organisation in recent years, hoping that the country will promote its role and contribute more to addressing global issues.

Minh, for his part, emphasised that Vietnam always backs multilateralism and the central role of the United Nations in global governance and coordination of efforts to address common challenges.

More efforts should be made to help the UN operate more effectively and with sufficient resources to best meet the needs and expectations of member states, he said.

The Deputy PM reaffirmed Vietnam’s commitment to working with member countries and UN leaders to advance important common agendas, from the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals to peacekeeping operations in different regions of the world.

Vietnam is actively implementing its commitments at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) to net zero emissions by 2050, Minh stated, proposing the UN actively support the process of building the Just Energy Transition Partnership (JETP).

On this occasion, Minh had a meeting meeting with President of UNGA 77 Csaba Korosi, who said Vietnam is a role model of economic growth associated with environmental protection.

Vietnam merits seat at UN Human Rights Council: Washington Times

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), WTO and other international organisations in Geneva, attends the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. (Photo by VNA)
Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Permanent Mission of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), WTO and other international organisations in Geneva, attends the 51st session of the United Nations Human Rights Council. Photo by VNA

Vietnam continues to be appreciated at the UN with its appointment of officers to join the peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as its active participation in talks to achieve the UN’s priority sustainable development goals, according to the Washington Times.

According to the article, the Southeast Asian nation continues to be highly appreciated at the UN with its appointment of officers to join the peacekeeping missions in South Sudan and the Central African Republic, as well as its active participation in talks to achieve the UN’s priority sustainable development goals.

The article said Vietnam is currently the coordinator of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the UNHRC. It has fulfilled the second Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of the council and is making recommendations of the third UPR.

Vietnam has also paid special attention to international conventions on the protection and promotion of human rights. It is currently a party to 25 conventions of the International Labor Organisation (ILO) and by 2020, Vietnam was home to 43 organisations of 16 different religions.

In addition to joining the UNHRC and the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC), Vietnam has actively promoted the UN conventions against torture and other cruel and inhumane treatment or punishment, and on the elimination of all forms of discrimination against women.

The article said UN members generally recognised Vietnam’s important role in promoting the struggle for national independence, sovereignty and self-determination.

It affirmed that the country’s candidacy for the UN Human Rights Council will contribute to deepening its participation in the international system./.

Rosy Huong