|National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Gabriela Cuevas Barron (R)
Ngan told her host that the Vietnamese NA has sent its high-ranking delegations to IPU Assemblies and become involved in all activities of the event.
She expressed thanks the union’s members for electing Nguyen Van Giau, head of the Vietnamese NA Committee for External Relations, as Vice President of the IPU.
The Self-Assessment Toolkit for Parliaments, which evaluates the performance of parliaments in carrying out Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), has been launched in Vietnam, making the country the first to translate it into its national language and popularise it among localities.
If the toolkit is successfully applied in Son La, the province chosen to pilot it, the toolkit will be deployed across other localities. The UN in Vietnam will support a project to develop sustainable agriculture to promote livelihood for the locals in Son La, Ngan said.
Vietnamese NA members will make field trips to supervise the realization of SDGs basing on the toolkit, which is built by the IPU and the UN.
For her part, Gabriela Cuevas Barron applauded the Vietnamese NA’s active engagement in the IPU’s activities, showing her delight at Vietnam’s efforts to apply the toolkit at the national and local level.
Vietnam has become a model in realizing international commitments, she said.
The IPU leader pointed to numerous challenges in implementing international commitments at the local level, noting that understanding the practical demand of locals is always difficult. She congratulated Vietnam on its achievements in the realm with many effective initiatives.
She said she hopes to receive closer cooperation from the Vietnamese NA in seeking initiatives and recommendations. She also thanked Vietnam for its support for her as the IPU President.