|UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon speaks at the ongoing ninth session of the 13th NA in Ha Noi on May 23. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam has been active in the forums and activities of the United Nations (UN) for a peaceful, prosperous world, said chairman of the National Assembly (NA) Nguyen Sinh Hung.
Hung made the statement while receiving UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in Ha Noi on Saturday and expressed his hope that the country's nation-building process will continue receiving UN support.
He also informed the guest of the key contents of the recently-passed Constitution, especially the points related to human rights, citizen rights, as well as orientations for national development integration.
The UN Secretary-General appreciated the contributions of Viet Nam and the NA in particular toward realising sustainable development goals and climate change adaptation.
He affirmed the UN's support for Viet Nam in realising the millennium development goals and commitments that are mentioned in the Ha Noi Declaration that was adopted at the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly.
Earlier, while attending the ongoing ninth session of the 13th NA, the UN Secretary-General praised Viet Nam as a leading country that can fulfil Millennium Development Goals. He noted that with its experience, Viet Nam will emerge as one of the pioneers to implement Sustainable Development Goals.
Acknowledging Viet Nam's efforts to participate in UN peacekeeping missions, the Secretary-General expressed his hope that the nation will maintain close coordination with the UN for carrying out this work.
Also on Saturday, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs (FM) Pham Binh Minh and Ban discussed UN's top priorities and the bilateral cooperation between Viet Nam and the organization.
Both sides underlined the importance and necessity of achieving a post-2015 development agenda, sustainable development goals, as well as a new international climate change agreement this year.
Minh observed that as one of the most vulnerable countries to climate change effects, Viet Nam has actively deployed a number of measures to cope with its impacts.
He affirmed that the country will continue its efforts to realize sustainable development goals.
The two sides also agreed to further strengthen their bilateral cooperation.
Minh took the occasion to appreciate the UN's effective assistance to Viet Nam, including the deployment of the Delivering as One and Green One UN House in the Southeast Asian country.
While discussing with the UN chief the recent developments and tensions in the East Sea, he urged the international organisation to continue striving for the peaceful settlement of disputes in accordance with international laws.
Ban expressed his concern that disputes over the East Sea have intensified tension in the region.
He stressed that the UN is ready to provide assistance to accelerate the peaceful settlement of disputes among relevant parties and called on ASEAN and China to quickly conclude a Code of Conduct in the East Sea.
On the same day, Minh and Ban attended a conference that reviewed Viet Nam's peacekeeping activities, one year after it joined the UN peacekeeping mission.
The UN Secretary-General praised Vietnamese peacekeeping staff for their outstanding efforts despite their austere condition.
He hoped that the Viet Nam Peacekeeping Centre will keep up its good work of training peacekeeping staff.
At the meeting, a project was unveiled for building a new headquarters of the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre on 7ha in Ha Noi's outlying district Thach That at an estimated cost of over VND215 billion (US$10.2 million).
One UN building
Ban and Minh also inaugurated Green One UN House in Ha Noi .
The building, which is the world's first certified UN House, is located at 304 Kim Ma Street and will house all of the UN organizations that are currently scattered across ten locations in Ha Noi. Its construction has been part of the UN's reform process to consolidate the operations of its offices to "deliver as one and deliver green."
Viet Nam is one of the eight countries piloting the UN's Delivering as One initiative, which seeks to provide more effective development assistance by consolidating its offices and programmes. One Office is part of the four pillars, namely One Leader, One Budget, One Programme, and One Office.
Ban concluded his official visit to Viet Nam later on Saturday. — VNS