Vietnam joins the United Nations Security Council in an effective and substantive manner

December 31 marks the time when Vietnam completed its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 term.

The UN Security Council discusses international peace and security issues. (Photo: the UN)
The UN Security Council discusses international peace and security issues. (Photo: the UN)

Vietnam won the election to become a non-permanent member of the UNSC for 2020-2021 after receiving 192 votes from the 193 members of the UN General Assembly.

On this occasion, international friends shared the common view that, in this important position, Vietnam has promoted its proactive role and participated in the common work of the UNSC in the spirit of independence, self-reliance, responsibility and balance, effectively and substantively contributing to negotiation activities, seeking solutions, and meeting the common concerns of the international community.

In a phone call with Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres once affirmed that Vietnam was an important factor contributing to peace and stability in the region and around the world.

According to the Vietnam News Agency, sharing with the same view, Permanent Representative of the Lao People's Democratic Republic to the UN emphasised that Vietnam been playing an increasingly important role in UN activities, especially at the UN Security Council.

Permanent Representatives of France and Belgium also assessed that Vietnam is a “strong partner” of the UN and the country has gained the trust and confidence of the world.

According to the Ambassador of the UK, five permanent members of the UNSC (P5) and 10 non-permanent member countries (E10) jointly drafted resolutions, as well as shared the responsibility of the common work. Countries highly appreciated cooperation with the E10 group, especially with Vietnam, in resolving emerging crises.

Vietnam has been directly involved in solving many important issues, such as the role of women in peace and security, protecting civilians in conflict, or dealing with landmines... The contributions of Vietnam have had high value, helping to solve urgent problems for international peace and security.

In an interview with the VNA, Ambassador Enrique A. Manalo, Permanent Representative of the Philippines to the UN, said that Vietnam’s election as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and its fulfilment of the role over the past two years have marked a strong development step of the country and ASEAN as well.

In its capacity as non-permanent member and especially as rotating President of the UNSC, Vietnam has brought interests to the bloc while helping to consolidate relations between the UN and ASEAN, he added, noting that Vietnam has actively contributed to countries, particularly other ASEAN nations.

Meanwhile, Permanent Representative of India to the UN was particularly impressed with the proposals of Vietnamese Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh at the UNSC's virtual high-level open discussion on the topic of enhancing maritime security. He noted that the speech of the Vietnamese PM has helped raise awareness about the protection of oceans and marine resources.