Announcement
Màu đỏ Màu xanh nước biển Màu vàng Màu xanh lá cây
Thứ 6 - 26/02/2016
Vietnam - Laos relations: the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation
Celebrating the 132nd Birth Anniversary of Ho Chi Minh President ((19/5/1890 – 19/5/2022)
Celebrating the Labour Day 2022
Celebrating the 47th Anniversary of the Liberation of the South and the National Reunification Day (April 30, 1975 - April 30, 2022)
Celebrating the 71st Anniversary of the Traditional Day of the Vietnam Union of Friendship Organizations (November 17, 1950 - November 17, 2021)
10 outstanding hallmarks of Vietnam’s membership of the United Nations Security Council during its tenure
 

At the press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son highlighted 10 outstanding hallmarks made by Vietnam at the Unted Nations Security Council for the term 2020 – 2021.

Firstly, promoting multilateral approach and consistently upholding international law and the United Nations Charter.

During the first Presidency of the UNSC in January 2020, Viet Nam convened a High-level Open Debate on “Upholding the UN Charter” and presided over the adoption of a Presidential Statement on this theme. Such efforts underscored the long-standing values and major principles guiding synergized actions between the UNSC, the UN, and the international community.

A record number of 111 speakers representing member states and international organizations participated and made statements at this open debate. This demonstrates that Viet Nam’s interests also reflect and align with the common interests of the international community.

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Delegates and reporters from domestic and foreign news agencies and press attended the press conference. (Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA)

Secondly, seeking comprehensive solutions to achieve sustainable peace. This ranges from preventing to addressing the root causes of conflicts and dealing with the aftermaths of conflicts on the basis of respect for independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, non-interference in internal affairs, and peaceful resolution of disputes. These endeavors always take into account the legitimate interests of all parties concerned, strengthen humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians, and promote dialogue and negotiation, for peace and long-term development of all nations.

Thirdly, based on the own experience of the nation that have struggled for many years of war to have the peace and independence today, Vietnam has promoted humanitarian assistance and the protection of civilians in armed conflicts with concrete and tangible actions. Viet Nam took the lead on the issue as penholder of Resolution 2573 - the first UNSC Resolution on the protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population in conflict areas. It also identifies attacks against schools, hospitals, and water and energy infrastructures as violations of international humanitarian law. As one of the few resolutions co-sponsored by all 15 UNSC members, Resolution 2573 showed a high level of consensus by the Council on this matter.

Fourthly, Vietnam has turned the attention of the Security Council and the international community to the the long-term consequences of conflicts on people’s lives, in particular the issue of explosive remnants of war (ERW) and security and development of countries, including the problem of landmines and unexploded ordnance (explosives) left over from conflicts. Under Viet Nam’s Presidency of the Council in April 2021, and at Viet Nam’s initiative, the Council adopted a Presidential Statement stressing the need for further international cooperation to address the dire consequences of ERW that infringe upon the safety and sustainable livelihoods of peoples and communities.

Fifthly, Vietnam has made efforts to bolster meaningful cooperation between the UNSC and regional organizations, with particular emphasis on ASEAN and its centrality and visibility, especially the organization of the Security Council's first Open Discussion on cooperation between the United Nations and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) as well as the promotion of ASEAN's centrality and presence in the Security Council in solving regional issues, including Myanmar.

Sixthly, Vietnam champions advocacy and actions to support vulnerable groups in conflicts, particularly women and children, by advancing the women, peace and security and children in armed conflicts agendas. Viet Nam organized the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security and adopted its outcome document “the Hanoi Commitment to Action” (in December of 2020), convened the Open Debate on sexual violence in conflict against women and girls (in April 2021), and hosted the UNSC Arria-Formula Meeting on Addressing Challenges of Children without Parental Care in Conflict Situations (in December of 2021).

Seventhly, Vietnam intensifies joint efforts to address critical global challenges such as climate change, epidemics and maritime security. Particular focus was given to climate security, with Viet Nam making active contributions to the Like-Minded Group on Climate Security at the UNSC (LMG) and the Informal Expert Group (IEG) of Members of the Security Council on Climate and Security.

Eighthly, acting as a bridge-builder, advancing transparency, consensus building, and promoting dialogue and cooperation. This was particularly evident during Viet Nam’s Presidency of the Council (in January 2020 and April 2021), and as Chair of the Security Council Committee established pursuant to Resolution 2206 (2015) concerning South Sudan. Viet Nam also served as the Chair of the Informal Working Group on International Tribunals and took the lead in drafting Resolution 2529 on renewing the mandate of the International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals Prosecutor.

Ninthly, enhancing the status and voice of of non-permanent members of the United Nations Security Council. A notable highlight was Viet Nam’s efforts to the convening of the annual meeting (in November 2020, in collaboration with Norway and South Africa) between the ten non-permanent members of the UNSC and the five newly-elected members of the UNSC for the term 2021-2022 to exchange information and enhance coordination.

Tenthly, making substantial contributions to the common work of the UN in all pillars, Vietnam also has other contributions to the United Nations by increasing the sending of forces to the United Nations Peacekeeping Missions, chairing the periodical Resolution on United Nations - ASEAN cooperation; proposing the initiative of the United Nations General Assembly's Resolution on the International Day for Disease Prevention and Control, initiated the establishment of the Friends Group of the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS).

At the press conference, Minister of Foreign Affairs Bui Thanh Son also answered a number of questions from the press about Vietnam's success in its fulfillment of the role as a non - permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the term 2020-2021.

 

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