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9/19/2017 10:27:10 AM

Vietnam an active and responsible member of international community: President Tran Dai Quang

VNF - President Tran Dai Quang has granted the media an interview on the occasion of Vietnam’s 40-year membership in the United Nations. Vietnam Times would like to send reader the translation of the interview into English:

President Tran Dai Quang

In 2017, Vietnam marks 40-year membership in the United Nation. What do you think about the development of relations between Vietnam and UN in recent years?

Vietnam became an official member of the United Nations on 20 September, 1977. This is a significant event for our country, marking recognition of the world’s largest organization for a unified and peaceful Vietnam.

Over the past four decades, Vietnam and the UN have always strived to nuture and build stronger cooperative relationship based on great potential for development.  Many positive results have been achieved.

The State and people of Vietnam always respect the support and co-operation of the United Nations in the cause of building and developing the country, especially the precious and practical support in terms of finance, technology during Vietnam’s difficult years after the war as well as the siege, the embargo.

In the late 1970s- early 1980s, besides aid from socialist countries, UN assistance accounted for 60% of total aid to Vietnam. In the process of innovation, accelerated industrialization, modernization and international integration, the UN continues to actively support Vietnam with hundreds of millions of dollars annually. This is one of the important resources for our country to carry out its socio-economic development goals and contribute to making Vietnam one of the countries that fulfills the  UN Millennium Development Goals.

As an active and responsible member of the international community, Vietnam has always considered cooperation with the United Nations one of the top priorities of foreign policy. Since its earliest days of joining the United Nations, Viet Nam has been actively involved in actitivities of the organization.

International friends acknowledge and appreciate Vietnam’s role in promoting the struggle for national independence, sovereignty and national self-determination, the fight against arms race, supporting the disarmament process, as well as our active contribution to the process of formulating and implementing UN treaties and conventions.

Vietnam always attaches great importance to the UN’s central role in resolving international conflicts and disputes through peaceful means, maintaining international peace and security.

With great efforts and contributions to the activities and development of the United Nations, Viet Nam has been highly appreciated by the international community. This is most clearly demonstrated by the fact that representatives of Vietnam was elected to many UN agencies with high votes, namely the UN Security Council (2008-2009), Economic and Social Council (two terms 1998-2000 and 2016-2018), Human Rights Council (term 2014-2016), UNESCO  and the International Law Commission (2017-2021)

Could you tell us about the direction of cooperation between Vietnam and the United Nations in the coming time?

On the basis of good relations over the past 40 years, we are very optimistic about the future of Vietnam - United Nations relations.

Vietnam will strengthen its cooperation with the United Nations in a more effective way, contributing positively to the maintenance of peace, stability and sustainable development in the region and the world.

Vietnam with other member countries will uphold fundamental principles of the UN Charter and international law, promoting friendly, equitable and mutual advantageous relations among all countries, especially developing countries.

To enhance higher levels of participation in UN peacekeeping operations, striving to successfully implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Climate Change Agreement. To well fulfill its role as a member of the United Nations and take the lead in a number of initiatives in priority areas.

In particular, to actively campaign for election of non-permanent members of the Security Council 2020 – 2021 tenure. If elected to this position, Vietnam will certainly make positive and substantial contributions to maintain international peace and security; thereby further enhancing prestige of the country in the world.

Vietnam and the United Nations will focus on implementing the new Joint One Strategic Plan for the 2017-2021 period. The plan aims to mobilise, manage and effectively use the provided UN resources to serve Vietnam's socio-economic development in line with UN goals.

This is an important platform to implement specific cooperation activities between Vietnam and the United Nations in the coming years./.

 

Translated by Tran Ngoc  
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