|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung attends the celebration of the UN's 70th founding anniversary in Ha Noi yesterday. — Photo VNA
HA NOI (VNS) — Viet Nam is willing to actively engage in and practically contribute to the United Nations (UN)'s activities around the globe, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said at the celebration of the UN's 70th founding anniversary in Ha Noi yesterday.
Addressing the event, the PM described the establishment of the UN on October 24, 1945 as a turning point in the world's history that had brought about massive changes to humankind's peace and progress.
Over the past seven decades, the UN had continually taken the lead in preventing and resolving conflicts, reducing war risks, maintaining peace and building a world that had attained numerous important achievements in the pillars of peace and security, development and human rights.
He appreciated the UN's valuable assistance to and effective co-operation with Viet Nam in national development and protection, noting that the Vietnamese people sincerely thanked the UN for its help in settling war consequences and the impact of economic embargos.
The UN had greatly assisted the country to improve its institutional capacity, administrative reform, poverty elimination, climate change response, sustainable development in the ongoing Doi moi (renewal), industrialisation and modernisation endeavours, he added.
The leader called on the organisation to speed up reforms in a comprehensive, balanced, transparent and equal fashion that meet its member nations' interests. The organisation should strengthen policies and resources supporting efforts to eradicate social unfairness and inequality, reduce poverty, narrow development gaps, and boost green economic growth, ultimately creating a sustainable foundation for peace, security and development.
He urged the UN Security Council to increase the number of members and renew its working method in order to effectively cope with global peace and security challenges. Meanwhile, UN agencies in Viet Nam also needed to update their operations to become the country's development partners, instead of sponsors, to promote equal and effective co-operation.
"Viet Nam always regards its collaboration with the UN as a priority in its foreign policy," the Prime Minister stressed, adding that bilateral relations would be enhanced in not only development co-operation but also in peacekeeping, conflict settlement, security maintenance, poverty elimination, environmental protection and climate change response.
On behalf of UN organisations, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam Pratibha Mehta welcomed the Southeast Asian nation's role and active participation in the UN for almost 40 years, especially as the UN Security Council President in 2008 and a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2013.
She congratulated Viet Nam on its election as a member of the Economic and Social Council in the 2016 to 2018 tenure as well as socio-economic accomplishments and strong commitments to realising the Millennium Development Goals.
"Viet Nam's leadership on UN reforms and Delivering as One approach to ensure greater UN coherence, harmonisation and effectiveness as well as its commitment to inter-government agreement such as MDGs is globally well-known," she said.
"The United Nations is proud to be a trusted partner of Viet Nam for 40 years, even before it officially became a member of the United Nations."
She noted that Viet Nam and the other 192 UN member countries signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, voicing her hope for Viet Nam's high level participation in UN Climate Change Conference COP 21 to ensure an ambitious and universal climate change agreement, which is the first real test for world's community to deliver on necessary policy tools for sustainable development.
Pratibha Mehta affirmed that the UN System in Viet Nam would stand fully committed to supporting the country in its post-2015 journey to ensure inclusive, equitable and sustainable development.
At the ceremony, a photo exhibition on the 40-year relationship between Viet Nam and the UN was opened, highlighting humanitarian support, rebuilding efforts, all-round reforms and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals.
The celebration was jointly held by the Foreign Ministry and the UN Resident Coordinator's Office. — VNS