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Viet Nam commits to implementing development goals at UN summit

Update: September, 28/2015 - 08:48
President Truong Tan Sang delivers a speech at the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which opened at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday, local time. Sang said Viet Nam committed to implement the newly adopted sustainable development goals (SDGs). — VNA/VNS Photo Nguyen Khang

NEW YORK (VNS) — President Truong Tan Sang has attended the UN Summit to Adopt the Post-2015 Development Agenda, which opened at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday local time. During the event, he affirmed Viet Nam's strong commitment to successfully implement sustainable development goals (SDGs).

After the opening ceremony, the summit, which drew representatives from 193 UN member countries, including over 160 heads of State and Government, adopted the document "Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development," with its 17 goals and 169 targets.

In his statement, the Vietnamese State leader highlighted key challenges threatening peace, security and sustainable development, especially hunger and poverty, epidemics, social injustice, depletion of natural resources, environment degradation, climate change, conflicts and crises.

He stressed that the 2030 Agenda presents a new strategic vision that reflects the aspiration of humanity to live in a world of peace and prosperity, adding that it creates a framework and sets the direction for all nations to collectively respond to common challenges, in the three pillars - economic, social and environmental.

Viet Nam commits to doing its best to ensure its successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda, the President affirmed.

He also highlighted the country's key messages, stating that maintaining peace and security on the basis of respect for international law is a precondition for the successful implementation of the SDGs, successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda requires strong political will and full and effective mobilisation of domestic resources, and it is imperative to strengthen the global partnership for sustainable development.

The President informed about Viet Nam's efforts to realise the National Strategy on Sustainable Development for 2011-2020, which focuses on accelerating economic restructuring, guaranteeing social equality, preserving natural resources, protecting the environment and responding to climate change.

Viet Nam and other ASEAN member nations are working together to build an ASEAN Community by the year-end, the Vietnamese leader said, adding that ASEAN and its partners are engaged in common efforts to maintain and consolidate peace and security in the region.

He reiterated Viet Nam's consistent policy to resolve disputes in the East Sea by peaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law, including the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea, effective and full implementation of the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the East Sea (DOC) and early conclusion of the Code of Conduct (COC).

He expressed his hope that the 2030 Agenda will be implemented for the interest of all peoples of the world, for a safer and better life for the children of today and tomorrow. Viet Nam will make positive and responsible contributions to the process, he affirmed.

Rural development success

The President also shared Viet Nam's experience in developing agriculture and sustainable rural areas during a high-level event on the sidelines of the UN Summit on Saturday.

In his speech to the event – co-hosted by the United Nations Development Programme, the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development and the Republic of Korea – President Sang called on developing countries to outline rural development strategies that take their limited resources and budget into account, adding that with nearly 70 per cent of its population living in rural areas, Viet Nam has been implementing a national programme on new rural development with 19 criteria boosting infrastructure and income.

Sharing Viet Nam's relevant experience, the leader emphasised strong political commitment, community involvement, personnel training, diversification and utilisation of resources in an open and transparent manner and in the motto "known by the people, done by the people, inspected by the people and benefited by the people," as well as Government support to engage businesses and socio-political organisations in the endeavour.

Viet Nam has strongly advocated for adding the goal of increasing investment in rural infrastructure, animal and plant gene banks to improve the farming capacity of developing nations and bridge the income gap between rural and urban areas, he stated.

President meets country leaders in New York

NEW YORK — On the sidelines of the UN Summit, President Truong Tan Sang met with leaders from Norway, Sweden, Turkmenistan and Mozambique to discuss strengthening bilateral ties.

Sang asked Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Lofven and Norwegian Prime Minister Erna Solberg to hasten the EU's decision to approve the Viet Nam-EU free trade agreement and recognise Viet Nam's market economy regulations. The deal will boost economic co-operation between Viet Nam and the EU, and Sweden and Norway in particular, he said.

Turning to regional and global issues of shared concern, he requested Sweden and Norway support ASEAN and Viet Nam's position on the settlement of disputes by peaceful means in line with international law and the 1982 UN Convention on the Law of the Sea.

In another meeting with Mozambican President Filipe Jacinto Nyusi, the Vietnamese President asked for an increase in exchanges, especially by ministries, local authorities and businesses, to explore possibilities for collaboration through specific and practical means. He also said he would support joint-ventures, including those by telecoms provider Movitel and a project planting trees for harvest in Mozambique from 2013 to 2017.

President Sang also participated in a seminar with Vietnamese and US businesses on the impacts of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) on enterprises.

Both Vietnamese and US firms expressed their hopes that the two countries would continue creating favourable conditions for accessing each other's market.

US enterprises suggested that Vietnamese leaders maintain regular dialogues with the business community so they could understand their opinions and aspirations. This would help improve the country's market economy mechanism and investment environment.

The Vietnamese side proposed that US businesses ask the US government to recognise Viet Nam's market economy and remove barriers against Vietnamese products.

The US firms also lauded Viet Nam's determination during the TPP negotiations and efforts by the Vietnamese negotiating team. The firms also received answers to their questions on Viet Nam's restructuring of State-owned enterprises, infrastructure development and regulations on pharmaceutical management and copyright. — VNS

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