|Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the United Nations, on behalf of the State of Việt Nam, received from the UN Secretary-General António Guterres the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal for Lieutenant Colonel Đỗ Anh who died while on duty under the UN flag in 2022. — VNA/VNS Photo Quang Huy|
NEW YORK — Ambassador Đặng Hoàng Giang, Permanent Representative of Việt Nam to the United Nations, on May 25 (local time) chaired a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary of the International Day of United Nations Peacekeepers (May 29, 1948-2023).
The event gathered members of Vietnamese representative agencies in New York, commanders and officers of the Vietnamese army and police forces on duty at the UN peacekeeping missions in the Central African Republic, South Sudan, and Abyei region, and four Vietnamese peacekeeping officers on secondment at the UN headquarters.
In his remarks, Giang said that Việt Nam's active participation in peacekeeping since 2014 is an important policy and decision of the Party and State in the nation’s integration process, reflecting the new position and power of Việt Nam in the international arena.
He attributed Việt Nam's peacekeeping achievements to the efforts and contributions of all units involved, particularly officers and soldiers on duty at UN peacekeeping missions and headquarters.
The diplomat also noted that many UN leaders and international friends have highly appreciated the bravery, self-reliance, and flexible and creative approach of the Vietnamese peacekeeping forces in deploying their tasks and overcoming difficulties.
On the occasion, Giang expressed his gratitude to Lieutenant Colonel Đỗ Anh, the first Vietnamese peacekeeper to die on duty in the Central African Republic in early 2022. Participants observed a minute of silence to commemorate the more than 4,200 fallen UN peacekeepers over the past 75 years.
In the morning of the same day, a ceremony marking the 75th anniversary and honouring the contributions and sacrifices of the "green beret" forces was held at UN headquarters. UN Secretary-General António Guterres presented the Dag Hammarskjöld Medal for the cause of international peace to servicemen who died while on duty under the UN flag in 2022, including Lieutenant Colonel Đỗ Anh of Việt Nam. — VNS