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UN high-ranking official welcomed

Update: April, 01/2014 - 08:23
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh meets visiting UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Ha Noi yesterday.

HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam is highly appreciative and thankful to the United Nations' agencies, including the Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women), for their long standing support.

Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh made the statement while receiving visiting UN Under-Secretary-General and UN Women Executive Director Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka in Ha Noi yesterday.

The issue of gender equality was clearly stipulated in Viet Nam's Constitution, Minh noted, adding that the country was building and modifying its legal system related to the matter.

It was also implementing action plans to ensure gender equality and the rights of women and girls, he emphasised.

Minh also claimed that women's participation in the political system had improved, which is clearly apparent in the rising number of women deputies in the National Assembly and those in high professional positions.

Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka congratulated Viet Nam on its early completion of the UN Millennium Development Goals, including ensuring gender equality and reducing poverty.

She stressed that Viet Nam should share its experiences in social security with other countries as it is a matter of national concern.

She was also optimistic that Viet Nam will continue to support and cooperate closely with the UN women dignitaries in the future. — VNS

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