Vietnamese Government chief meets with UN Secretary General

VOV.VN - Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh had a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres during a banquet hosted by the UK Prime Minister on November 1.

PM Chinh told the UN chief that Vietnam attaches great importance to and appreciates the central role of the UN and wishes to promote comprehensive cooperation with the organization.

Regarding the great impact of climate change on Vietnam, especially in the Mekong Delta, northern and central mountainous areas that cause flooding, droughts and landslides, the Vietnamese Government leader once again emphasized Vietnam's strong commitment in climate change response.

Antonio Guterres highly appreciated Vietnam's participation in international issues, including climate change response and the UN peacekeeping force.

He was also appreciative of Vietnam's commitment to net-zero emissions at the 26th United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP26), thus making a meaningful contribution to the global joint efforts to respond to the current climate crisis.

Antonio Guterres expressed his willingness to support Vietnam in its transition to a green, circular economy, and renewable energy development, and assist Vietnam and other countries in the Mekong River basin in dealing with issues relating to landslide, salinity intrusion, farming conversion, and sustainable use of water sources to ensure food security.

Also on late November 1, the Vietnamese cabinet leader met with British PM Boris Johnson, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and Croatian PM Andrej Plenkovic on the sidelines of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).

The leaders expressed their elation at Vietnam’s bilateral cooperation with the European countries, whose leaders spoke highly of PM Chinh’s speech at the COP26 and highlighted the nation as a good example for the international community.

They pledged to assist Vietnam and other countries in the Mekong River in handling land erosion, saltwater intrusion, and other issues to ensure food security and sustainable development. They said Vietnam’s commitments have helped consolidate investors’ trust, and that they are ready to support the country during the transition to a green and circular economy and renewable energy development.

The leaders of the UK, Germany, and Croatia assured their willingness to keep supporting Vietnam with vaccines and medical supplies in the time ahead.

On this occasion, PM Chinh extended sincere thanks to the British, German, and Croatian governments for donating COVID-19 vaccines to Vietnam.