UN leader hails Vietnam’s contributions to UN system

Saturday, 2015-05-23 17:54:29
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Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon (L) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R)
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NDO/VNA - Secretary General of the United Nations Ban Ki-moon has spoke of Vietnam’s responsible efforts and contributions at UN forums, including the country’s participation in the UN Human Rights Council during the 2014-2016 period and peace-keeping operations.

He had talks with Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in Hanoi on May 23, during which they agreed to further boost cooperation between the UN and Vietnam.

They emphasised the importance and necessity of adopting a post-2015 Development Agenda and Sustainable Development Goals in September, and reaching a new international agreement on climate change response in December this year.

As one of the developing countries affected most by climate change, particularly rising sea levels, Vietnam has been active in carrying out drastic measures to cope with the phenomenon, Minh stated.

He also appreciated the UN’s assistance to Vietnam, especially through the implementation of the “Delivering as One” initiative and the construction of the “One UN House” in Vietnam.

Regarding recent developments and tensions in the East Sea, the Deputy PM asked the United Nations to continue keeping a close watch on the issue and urging the parties concerned to address disputes by peaceful means in line with international law.

The Secretary General expressed his concern about the increasing tensions in the East Sea, affirming that the UN is willing to boost the settlement of the disputes by peaceful measures.

He also expressed his hope that ASEAN and China would soon conclude negotiations on a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.

After the meeting, both host and guest attended an inaugural ceremony of the “One UN House” and a conference reviewing one year of Vietnam’s participation in UN peace-keeping missions.