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National Assembly leader attends conference of parliament speakers

Update: September, 03/2015 - 08:59
NA Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung meets with his Mozambican counterpart, Veronica Macamo. — Photo

NEW YORK (VNS) — Implementing sustainable development goals (SDGs) is the responsibility of the entire parliament, each member of parliament and the whole political system of each nation, stated National Assembly (NA) Chairman Nguyen Sinh Hung.

He made the statement when co-chairing a panel discussion at the fourth world conference of speakers of parliament in New York on Tuesday evening.

The Vietnamese legislator said that Viet Nam has, to date, successfully completed the millennium development goals, particularly those related to poverty reduction and is working hard to implement the SDGs.

The country is restructuring its agricultural sector, building new-style rural areas and facilitating economic development of the ethnic groups while addressing gender equality, income equality gaps, and social safety and order, he said.

As one of the nations most affected by climate change, Viet Nam is also attempting to adapt to the phenomenon with the hope of receiving assistance from the international community, he added.

He noted that legislative bodies holds an important role in distributing resources and urged parliaments to spread SDG information to the public and set criteria to achieve efficient implementation.

Meeting counterparts

On the same day, the Vietnamese NA leader met with his Mongolian and Mozambican counterparts.

He affirmed that Viet Nam wants to work with Mongolia to improve bilateral relations while meeting chairman of the Mongolian parliament Zandaakhuu Enkhbold.

Congratulating Mongolia on being chosen to host the 11th Asia-Europe meeting in 2016, NA Chairman Hung confirmed Viet Nam's willingness to help Mongolia organise the event, as well as expressing Viet Nam's wish to receive Mongolian support at international parliamentary forums.

Chairman Enkhbold affirmed that Mongolia is willing to co-operate with Viet Nam and hopes to begin political partnerships in Asia, including Viet Nam.

While meeting the speaker of the Mozambican parliament Veronica Macamo, Hung suggested the two countries continue creating favourable conditions for investors, maintain regular meetings and visits and intensify collaboration at regional and international forums and on issues of mutual concern.

The Mozambican parliament hoped for the early signing of a co-operation agreement with the Vietnamese NA, under which the two sides can share experience, Veronica Macamo said.

National Day banquet

Viet Nam's permanent delegation at the United Nations (UN) held a banquet at the UN headquarters in New York on September 1 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the August Revolution and National Day (September 2).

Chairman Hung presided over the event, held for the first time at UN headquarters, hosting many foreign diplomats.

High-profile guests included: President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Saber Chowdhury, President of the UN General Assembly Mogens Lykketoft and UN Deputy Secretary-General Jan Eliasson.

Speaking at the event, the chairman emphasised that 2015 is a special year for the UN and Viet Nam, as both are celebrating the 70th anniversary of their establishment.

Vietnamese people are grateful for the support and assistance from friends around the world, the UN and the IPU in the country's liberation and re-unification cause as well as in current national construction and defence, he said.

With regards to the Viet Nam-US relationship, Chairman Hung said the two countries had made great efforts over the last 40 years to reconcile differences and that their relationship is better than ever.

According to him, the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1995 and the Comprehensive Partnership Agreement in 2013 opened a new stage of development in Viet Nam-US ties on the principle of looking forward to a better future.

IPU President Saber Chowdhury congratulated Viet Nam on its socio-economic achievements and expressed his belief that Viet Nam and its people would have continued success.

As part of his tour to the US to attend the 4th world conference of speakers of parliament, the chairman visited the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City. — VNS

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