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World's parliaments key to sustainability

Update: September, 01/2015 - 08:07
National Assembly Nguyen Sinh Hung delivers a speech at the fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in New York, US. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang

HA NOI (VNS) — President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Saber Chowdhury, yesterday emphasised the need for parliaments in all countries to carry out Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Chowdhury, who was speaking at the opening of the Fourth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament in New York, said that parliaments were critical to the success of their implementation.

Ban Ki-moon, United Nations's Secretary-General, said the world was now facing more and more crises in all fields. This required that all countries stay united and determined to foster peace and security as well as the sustainable development of human rights.

Vietnamese National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung said the event was an occasion to review the commitments made and to re-confirm them in a changing world.

He added that with such determination, member countries of the IPU approved the Ha Noi Declaration in March this year in Ha Noi at the Inter-parliamentary Union's (IPU-132) general assembly.

Hung also said that Viet Nam wanted to address conflicts peacefully based on respect for the UN Charter and for international laws and free from threats of using force. Viet Nam also strongly condemned violence and the threats of using force and terrorism.

On Sunday, Hung met Tadamori Oshima, the speaker of Japan's house of representatives.

The NA chairman spoke highly of the Japanese legis-lature's contribution to the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly held in Ha Noi as well as its support of the co-operation between the two countries.

The two nations should continue holding high-level meetings on a regular basis and ramp up exchange activities between the two parliaments, Hung said.

He hoped for the support of the National Diet, the name for Japan's house of representatives and house of councillors, in implementing economic agreements and urged the continued provision of development assistance from the Japanese government to help Viet Nam develop into an industrialised nation by 2020.

On the regional tension in the East Sea, Hung said that Viet Nam maintained its stance of settling the dispute via peaceful resolutions in accordance with international laws and hoped there would soon be an agreed code of conduct in the East Sea.

Viet Nam thanked Japan and its National Diet for support in this matter, he added.

Speaker Oshima praised the strong development of the Extensive Strategic Partnership for Peace and Prosperity in Asia between Viet Nam and Japan and reaffirmed that Japan treasured its relationship with Viet Nam—which is regarded as a key focus in its foreign policy.

The same day, Hung visited Vietnamese staff of the permanent mission of Viet Nam to the United Nations, who he congratulated on the the 70th anniversary of the founding of the diplomatic sector (August 28, 1945).

He hoped the permanent mission would work to unite the overseas Vietnamese community in New York and inspire love for their home country. — VNS

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