Vietnam calls on ASEAN to boost coordination at UN

VOV.VN - Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, permanent representative of Vietnam to the UN, has called for the enhancement of co-ordination among ASEAN member states at the UN.

He made the suggestion at a meeting held on December 1 by Cambodia, current chair of the ASEAN Committee in New York for 2022, during a review of the bloc’s activities during the year. 

The Vietnamese diplomat therefore suggested that the committee continue to study and look for possibilities to make more joint statements at key UN agencies, especially at the UN Security Council, the UN General Assembly, and at committees in charge of thematic issues of common interest to ASEAN countries. 
         
Amid the bloc entering a pivotal phase in the implementation of the 2025 ASEAN Vision and preparing for integration in the post-2025 period, the Ambassador suggested that next year the committee focus discussions on these processes.

This year has seen the ASEAN Committee in New York make an array of joint statements at the UN General Assembly and related committees. It has also built and pushed for the UN General Assembly's adoption of a resolution on ASEAN-UN co-operation which is co-sponsored by 115 members.

The committee has organised many thematic dialogues alongside partners, such as the UN Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) Executive Director, the Executive Secretary of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP), and the UN Secretary General's Special Envoy for Myanmar. It also held ceremonies to mark the founding anniversary of ASEAN on August 8, ASEAN Families Day, and many sports exchanges.

At the meeting, Cambodia transferred the position of chair of the committee to Indonesia, which will lead the committee ahead in 2023.
ASEAN members congratulated Cambodia on successfully accomplishing its role as chair of the ASEAN Committee in New York in 2022. Moving forward, members hope that Indonesia will continue to enhance the performance of the ASEAN Committee in New York, thereby promoting relations between the bloc and its partners to demonstrate the role and position of ASEAN in the region and the wider world.

The heads of ASEAN members' delegations to the UN also welcomed and looked forward to co-operating with the Timor Leste delegation to the UN.