GENEVA (VNS) — Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Nguyen Quoc Cuong led a Vietnamese delegation to participate in a high-level segment of the UN Human Right Council's 28th session, which opened on Monday in Geneva, Switzerland.
The four-day meeting is the first in a series of council activities, including high-level working sessions, dialogues and seminars, which will take place from March 2 to 27.
In opening the high-level segment meeting, leaders of the UN and UN Human Right Council underlined challenges to the protection and promotion of human rights around the globe, especially armed violence, social inequality and discrimination.
They also highlighted the role of the council and the UN in addressing these difficulties, and called upon nations to enhance co-operation and follow the recommendations of the council and UN human rights mechanisms.
Aside from the high-level meeting, other thematic working sessions will be held during the opening week focusing on human rights in relation to the UN activities, climate change and capital punishment.
In the following weeks, nearly 90 reports by UN human rights mechanisms will be tabled for consideration. Five meetings will be held to look into the rights of children and people with disabilities, anti-racial discrimination, national policies and technical co-operation.
The UN Human Rights Council will also hold dialogues on religious freedom, cultural rights, environment, foreign debt, the rights to food and housing, situations in specific countries and technical support for some nations.
Nearly 40 draft resolutions on various issues will be introduced during the session, which will run until March 27.
Viet Nam is a member of the UN Human Rights Council in the 2014-2016 tenure. The country has also been re-elected as the co-coordinator of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) at the inter-governmental body. — VNS