NEW YORK (VNS)— Viet Nam was determined to foster sustainable development as its regular and long-term orientation, President Truong Tan Sang said at a meeting with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Thursday.
|State President Truong Tan Sang meets United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in New York on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Le Duong
At the meeting, held to mark Sang's participation in the UN Summit, the Vietnamese leader told Ban Ki-moon Viet Nam had been including Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in national strategies and programmes centred around people.
He said an array of challenges faced Viet Nam as it had just become a middle-income country.
As an active and responsible member of the international community, Viet Nam was committed to joining global efforts in coping with climate change and paying concrete contributions to UN peace-keeping activities, he added.
Ban Ki-moon said he highly valued Viet Nam's active participation in the building of the Post-2015 Agenda and the UN Summit's agenda.
He said that as one of the eight nations taking the lead in carrying out the "One UN" initiative and also standing out in the MDGs realisation, Viet Nam would successfully achieve the SDGs by 2030.
He also appreciated Viet Nam's active support to bolstering the relationship between ASEAN and the UN.
President Sang spoke highly of the UN Secretary-General's viewpoint and positive and objective comments on the East Sea.
He asked Ban Ki-moon to further advocate and push for the peaceful handling of disputes in accordance with international law, particularly in the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (1982 UNCLOS) and the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC), along with efforts to shortly finalise a code of conduct in the waters (COC).
Ban also said that East Sea disputes must be solved through peaceful measures on the basis of the 1982 UNCLOS and DOC and endeavours to conclude a COC.
During the UN Summit from September 25 to 28, Sang is scheduled to attend the opening ceremony and deliver a speech at a plenary session.
He will also meet other leaders and attend a Viet Nam-US business dialogue on impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership agreement. — VNS