Vietnam willing to make positive contribution to international joint efforts for peace, security, development and progress

Sunday, 2019-06-09 16:09:06
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc.
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NDO – As Vietnam has been elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has written an article, in which he affirmed that Vietnam is willing to contribute and actively promote peace, security, development and progress throughout the world.

According to the article, on June 7, 2019, within the framework of the 73th session of the UN General Assembly, Vietnam has been elected by high-trusting member countries as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term. Being elected as a member of the UN’s leading agency in maintaining peace and international security in its second term in more than 10 years is not only a recognition of the international community for Vietnam's position during its innovation and integration, but also a trust and expectation of Vietnam's contribution to regional and international peace and security in the coming years, PM Phuc wrote.

During Vietnams first spell participating in the work of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 term, Vietnam made great efforts and with support from other UN member states, it successfully undertook its tasks, contributing to the adherence to the principles of international law and the UN Charter, reducing stress and promoting cooperation and support to resolve peace and security issues around the world, while at the same time suggesting specific and substantive initiatives on content as well as improving the operational method of the UN Security Council.

With its foreign policy of peacefulness, independence, autonomy, multilateralism, diversifying international relations and willing to contribute responsibly and actively promote peace, security, development and progress in the world, Vietnam has actively participated in many important multilateral organisations and forums, such as the ASEAN, the Francophone Communities, the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), the World Trade Organisation (WTO) and the Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM), successfully presiding over multiple important international events, which recently is the 2017 APEC Year and the World Economic Forum on ASEAN 2018, thereby confirming Vietnam’s ability to actively participate in leading and shaping international mechanisms.

Vietnam has also actively participated in UN peacekeeping activities, successfully deploying a second level-2 field hospital for the first time to the UN Mission in South Sudan (October 2018) and recently successfully completed the host role of the second DPRK-US Summit (February 2019), while gradually promoting the role of "mediator" in addressing regional and international peace and security issues.

During the past three decades of comprehensive reform and global integration, Vietnam’s annual gross domestic product has grown by 6.67% on average, which rose to 7.08% last year, the PM wrote.

Vietnam was among a few countries to fulfil the UN millennial development goals 2015 ahead of schedule, especially in reducing poverty, according to the article.

The country also formed strategic and comprehensive partnerships with 28 countries around the world, including all five permanent members of the UNSC.

Amid the fourth industrial revolution, the emergence of nationalism and populism, and geo-political competition among major countries, the UN faces both challenges and opportunities, the PM wrote, adding that the UN needs to urge all countries, especially small and medium nations, to rally resources and seek long-term solutions to global challenges at present.

During the first year of serving as UNSC non-permanent member, Vietnam will also take over the role as the ASEAN Chair 2020, enabling the country to boost ties between the UN and regional and sub-regional organisations, including the ASEAN, he wrote.

The PM expressed his belief that with the experience gained during the 2008-2009 tenure, Vietnam is ready to successfully undertake the role of a UNSC non-permanent member for the 2020-2021 term, towards becoming an ambassador for sustainable peace.

The Vietnamese government leader also expressed his wish to receive more support from the UN and UNSC member countries.