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5/4/2016 12:23:09 PM

United Nations Deputy Secretary-General visits to Viet Nam

(VNF) - During the visit,  United Nations Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson will meet with leading government officials to discuss the evolving role of the United Nations in Viet Nam and the progress of ongoing UN reform.

Mr. Eliasson visits Vietnam on May 3rd – 6th 2016 to engage with senior government and United Nations officials on a range of issues, including implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, and the work on the World Humanitarian Summit and climate change.

He is expected to discuss the efforts that Viet Nam is making in disaster risk management. He will also visit Ben Tre, one of the areas currently affected by a severe El Nino related drought.

During his visit to Ha Noi he will also deliver a lecture to students at the Diplomatic Academy, and visit the National Pediatric Hospital, which has historic links to Olof Palme, the former Swedish Prime Minister.

The United Nations is helping Viet Nam foster inclusive, equitable and sustainable development; to ensure access to quality essential services and social protection and to enhance governance and inclusive participation. The UN in Viet Nam and Government are expected to sign a new 5 year plan of cooperation for Viet Nam for 2017-2021 in the coming months.

Mr Eliasson has had several decades of experience in diplomacy, conflict resolution and humanitarian action. Between 1980-1986, Mr Eliasson was part of the UN mediation missions in the war between Iran and Iraq, and served as mediator in the Nagorno-Karabakh and Darfur conflicts.

Mr Eliasson was appointed the first UN Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs in 1992. He later served as State Secretary of Foreign Affairs and Sweden’s Ambassador to the United States, and in 2006 was appointed Foreign Minister of Sweden.

In March 2012, he was appointed Deputy Secretary-General of the United Nations by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and took office on July 1st 2012./.

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