President Nguyen Xuan Phuc's upcoming attendance in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 76) shows Vietnam’s strong sense of responsibility and commitment as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) over the last two years.
Vietnamese Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy made the statement in an interview granted to Vietnam News Agency.
President Phuc is scheduled to attend the high-level General Debate of the UN General Assembly’s 76th session and three high-level meetings on global food security system, climate security and response to the COVID-19 pandemic; and meet with a number of heads of state and partners from the US, the diplomat revealed.
As the trip takes place amid the complex resurgence of the COVID-19 globally, it carries a very special meaning, the ambassador said, adding that it shows how Vietnam takes its responsibility very seriously and is strongly committed as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for the 2020 – 2021 term.
The meetings are expected to accelerate response to the pandemic, deal with its consequences and promote post-pandemic economic recovery, he continued. It also provides the president a chance to discuss with other heads of state about the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030.
He moved on to say that Vietnam has been highly regarded by the international community for its work in the UNSC and UN at large and the imprints it has left after accomplishing its role as President of the UNSC in January 2020 and April 2021.
Many countries held that Vietnam has fulfilled its commitments to the UNSC, foster the rule of law and enhance the role of the UN Charter and international laws, he noted, adding that one of Vietnam’s successes as President of the UNSC was to have the Resolution on protection of objects indispensable to the survival of the civilian population adopted. It was the first UN resolution initiated by Vietnam.