Ambassador affirms Vietnamese support for UN’s humanitarian efforts

VOV.VN - Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, has affirmed the importance of international humanitarian efforts, as well as the nation’s full commitment to contributing to these activities.

Upon addressing the three-day UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) Humanitarian Affairs Segment, which recently concluded, Ambassador Giang said that this year has seen the country donate US$500,000 to the UN’s humanitarian funds, in addition to US$1 million to the COVID-19 Vaccines Global Access (COVAX) mechanism.

The nation has also co-ordinated efforts with other ASEAN member states through the ASEAN Coordinating Centre for Humanitarian Assistance (AHA) and UN offices in order to provide humanitarian assistance for the people of Myanmar.

The Vietnamese diplomat affirmed that peace and stability continue to be prerequisites to ensure safe and uninterrupted humanitarian access for people in need.

Humanitarian activities should therefore be based on the principles of neutrality, impartiality, and independence, whilst they must fully uphold the UN Charter and international humanitarian law in line with the conditions, needs, and circumstances of each country, the Vietnamese diplomat emphasised.

Countries key roles and vital responsibilities in addressing the root causes of conflicts and humanitarian crises in a comprehensive way. They should seek to strengthen their capacity to prevent diseases, reduce climate and environmental risks, strengthen early warning systems and preparedness, as well as increase financing for adaptation and resilience, Ambassador Giang went on to say.

He also underscored the necessity of bolstering co-ordination and developing trust between UN offices, Governments, and stakeholders in action, finance, and data sharing to promptly respond to emerging global humanitarian challenges.
The Vietnamese diplomat used the occasion to extend his deep condolences to the Afghan people who were impacted by a deadly earthquake which hit Paktika province on June 22.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres stated that global trends are contributing factors in causing conflicts, climate disruption, hunger, and the rising cost of living.

“These challenges require us to step up our efforts to support a strong, flexible, well-resourced humanitarian system that is better equipped to reach and protect even the most isolated and marginalized people,” he added.

Colin Vixen Kelapile, president of the ECOSOC, emphasised that women and girls are more likely to be impacted during humanitarian crises, such as through gender-based violence, as well as limited access to education and development opportunities.

He therefore called on the wider international community to provide humanitarian assistance for those affected by the humanitarian crisis, thereby drawing lessons and creating innovate measures to maximise the effectiveness of humanitarian activities.