|Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính and delegates at the ceremony. VNA photo|
NEW YORK - Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính chaired a ceremony celebrating Việt Nam's 78th National Day and the 46th anniversary of the country's accession to the United Nations (UN) at the UN headquarters in New York, the US, on September 22 evening.
The event was attended by President of the 78th UN General Assembly Dennis Francis, representatives from UN organisations and UN member states, international friends, leaders from Vietnamese ministries and sectors, and Vietnamese officials working in the US.
In his remarks, PM Chính highlighted that Việt Nam had contributed its efforts to realise the UN’s goals since it joined the organisation 46 years ago, just like what late President Hồ Chí Minh expressed in his letter to the President of the 1st session of the UN General Assembly, which says Việt Nam’s formation, struggle and development history is always associated with the UN’s values and principles, and is a part of the international community’s flow.
Briefing the guests on Việt Nam’s development journey, PM Chính stressed that Việt Nam had transformed from an aid recipient to a big rice exporter, and from a country ravaged by wars for decades to a nation with great strides in hunger eradication and poverty alleviation, and in the process to realise the UN’s Millennium Development Goals and Sustainable Development Goals.
"Việt Nam is now among the 40 leading economies in the world, and enters the global top 20 economies in terms of international trade," he said, saying Việt Nam stood ready to welcome international friends, tell stories of a peaceful and stable country as well as a people of industriousness, creativity and strong passion – the stories about an independent and resilient Việt Nam who is a trustworthy friend and partner, and a proactive and responsible member of the international community.
The Vietnamese Party and State would continue their care for, and make more efforts for a prosperous nation, he said, adding that Việt Nam would be willing to share its experience so as to make practical contributions to the UN.
Congratulating Việt Nam on its National Day, Francis said that after 78 years of gaining independence, Việt Nam had been developing extraordinarily from a poor nation to a middle-income, dynamic country with a strong startup spirit.
Việt Nam had worked actively to promote multilateralism, fully implemented and heightened the values of the UN Charter, while engaging in a wide range of the UN’s activities, which illustrated the nation’s commitment to the UN’s common goals, he said.
Francis expressed his hope that Việt Nam would continue to engage and make more contributions to the UN’s goals, and affirmed that he would support all of the UN member states, including Việt Nam, to implement the UN Charter and the sustainable development goals, and outline a roadmap towards the Summit of the Future. VNA/VNS