NA Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng (centre) at the opening session of the annual hearing between the UN and the IPU in New York. — VNA/VNS Photo
NEW YORK — Maria Luiza Ribeiro Viotti, Chef de Cabinet to the United Nations Secretary General, praised Việt Nam’s role in the UN and the Vietnamese National Assembly’s (NA) participation in the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) while meeting NA Vice Chairwoman Tòng Thị Phóng in New York on Tuesday.
Phóng told the UN official that the Vietnamese NA has expanded external relations, integrating comprehensively into global socio-political life.
The Vietnamese NA has participated in regional inter-parliamentary co-operation mechanisms, including its successful organisation of the 132nd IPU General Assembly in March 2015 and will host an IPU seminar on sustainable development goals on climate change for the Asia-Pacific region in May, Phóng said.
She praised the UN for building regulations and norms of international law across sectors, addressing global challenges, and promoting international participation in global stability, sustainable development, climate change response and security issues.
Phóng also thanked the UN and other UN agencies in Việt Nam for working with the country to eradicate poverty, fight HIV/AIDS, and protect children.
She asked the UN official to convey the invitation to visit Việt Nam to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres this year for the APEC Economic Leaders’ Meeting and the 40th anniversary of Việt Nam’s joining of the UN (1977-2017).
Viotti said Việt Nam is one of the most dynamic economies in the region, and she hopes the country will do more to realise the sustainable development goals set in the 2030 Agenda.
The officials exchanged views on internal and external challenges to Việt Nam’s growth, with Ribeiro Viotti suggesting the country pursue good State governance, train high-quality human resources, and reform administrative procedures. — VNS