|National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung (right) receives Inter-Parliamentary Union President Saber Hossain Choudhury yesterday in Ha Noi. — VNA/VNS Photo Nhan Sang
HA NOI (VNS) — Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) President Saber Hossain Choudhury spoke highly of Viet Nam's preparations for the international event expected to bring thousands of international delegates to Ha Noi.
At a meeting yesterday with National Assembly Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung in Ha Noi, Choudhury said he believed that with thorough preparation, the 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union Assembly (IPU-132) could leave a deep impression on Viet Nam's international friends.
At the event parliamentarians will discuss important international issues such as water, network security and international law, Choudhury said.
For his part, Hung thanked the IPU for its support as Viet Nam prepared to host the event. He said the nation was ready to work closely with the international community and countries' parliaments to build a world of sustainable development in line with the IPU-312 theme – Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Action.
High unanimity in resolutions would lay a firm foundation for parliaments dealing with global issues like poverty reduction, water source protection, security and peace-keeping operations, Hung said.
Meeting with the PM
|Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung (right) receives Inter-Parliamentary Union President Saber Hossain Choudhury yesterday in Ha Noi.— VNA/VNS Photo Duc Tam
On the same day, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received Chowdhury at a reception in Ha Noi, where Dung assured him that Viet Nam would do its utmost to make IPU-312 a success.
The PM said Viet Nam highly valued the role of IPU, an international organisation and multilateral forum working for peace, security, friendship, co-operation, development, freedom, democracy, human rights, gender equality, progress and social justice, all of which were compatible with Viet Nam's development goals.
Viet Nam would act out its role as a responsible and active member of the IPU, and support the IPU's role in the UN General Assembly, he affirmed.
Chowdhury hailed Viet Nam for its thorough preparations for IPU-132. Viet Nam was an exemplary model in terms of sustainable development, poverty reduction, climate change response and disaster mitigation, he said, adding that IPU-132 and the pending Ha Noi Declaration's approval would contribute to the UN's policymaking and post-2015 sustainable development goals.
He said he had full confidence that IPU-132 would reach crucial consensus for the common development of the IPU and international community at large.
Nearly 400 volunteers
The Ho Chi Minh Communist Youth Union (HCYU) announced yesterday teams of volunteers that will work during the upcoming 132nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU-132) Assembly.
The Viet Nam Volunteer Centre selected 395 students from universities and academic institutes in Ha Noi who met requirements such as responsibility, good health and foreign language skills.
The teams were trained in communication and external relations, in line with Viet Nam's socio-economic, political and cultural situations.
The chosen students have been divided up between the IPU-132 Secretariat and five other working groups responsible for the event's content, protocols, information and communication, security, health care, finance and logistics.
Nguyen Phi Long, HCYU Secretary and Vice President of the Viet Nam Youth Federation, said the volunteers would contribute their youthful energy and strong enthusiasm to the event, which takes place in Ha Noi from March 28 to April 1. — VNS