April 1 (VNA)
- It is an honour and great responsibility for Vietnam when the
country assumes the rotating presidency of the UN Security Council (UNSC) this
month, the second time during its tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC
An honour and great
of the International Organisations Department at the Ministry of Foreign
Affairs Do Hung Viet said the assumption of UNSC presidency twice in a tenure provides
Vietnam with a significant opportunity to promote the orientations and policies
for external relations adopted by the 13th Communist Party of
It is also
an opportunity for Vietnam to demonstrate its commitment to making further efforts
to promote dialogue and contribute to common efforts of the UNSC in maintaining
international peace and security, seeking suitable solutions to issues of
common concern of the international community in line with international law
and the UN Charter while meeting the legitimate interests of member states.
diplomat underscored that with its experience from the past 2008-2009 tenure as
a UNSC non-permanent member and from the first year of the ongoing tenure on
the same post, Vietnam is ready for the role of Presidency this month.
to him, to promote its priorities during the month, Vietnam will organise a
series of events in the form of video conference. These events include a high-level
open discussion on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional organisations
in promoting trust building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution;
a ministerial meeting on overcoming the consequences of bombs and mines and
maintaining sustainable peace chaired by Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and
Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh, and a briefing on protecting
essential facilities for people's lives in armed conflict.
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN (third row from above, first right), and other delegates attend a virtual meeting of the UN Security Council (Source: UN)
addition, Vietnam will also chair UNSC meetings on issues that are attracting
great attention from the international community such as the situation of
Israel-Palestine, Syria, and Libya.
affirmed that Vietnam will perform its presidency on a balanced, objective,
constructive and consensus basis and actively propose initiatives to join
Security Council member countries in dealing with important international peace
and security issues. Throughout the remainder of the term, the nation will
continue to integrate its concerns and priorities into the council’s
discussions, negotiations and resolutions.
In April, the UNSC will have 30 official meetings, and deal
with 12 issues in its agenda on all regions from Africa, the Middle-East to
Europe, America, among others.
The Foreign Ministry and Vietnamese mission will show
active, positive and responsible engagement in performing this role in order to
ensure the objectiveness, transparency and flexibility in settling differences
that may arise among member countries, Viet said.
Three priorities of
Vietnam in April
Promoting the role of regional organisations in settling
disputes is one of the three priorities that Vietnam has set for April.
According to Viet, regional organisations are important
partners in addressing regional issues, because they have good understanding of
the relations between countries in the region as well as regional history and
culture. Therefore, they could make specific and practical contributions to the
search for solutions to regional problems.
Vietnam plans to organise a meeting with UNSC member
countries in both in-person and online formats, chaired by senior Vietnamese
leaders from Hanoi on April 19. The UN Secretary-General has confirmed
attendance, while leaders of leading regional organisations: ASEAN, the
European Union (EU), and the African Union (AU) have been invited. Vietnam will
work for building a UNSC document which is expected to be adopted at the event.
The second priority
is the settlement of bomb and mine consequences, which is both a global issue
and a matter of significance to Vietnam.
As the issue occurs in many countries in the world, it is
expected to draw attention of the UN and the international community, he said,
adding that Vietnam plans to organise a ministerial-level meeting chaired by
the Foreign Ministry on April 8.
The third priority
that Vietnam will focus on is the protection of necessary infrastructure that
is crucial for people’s life amid armed conflicts, including health care
facilities, power, water supply systems, food security, sanitation, and
Experiencing years of war in the past, Vietnam hopes to
promote the issue to draw greater attention from the UNSC, the UN and other
For this issue, a ministerial meeting is scheduled to be
held on April 27 with the participation of the Deputy Secretary General for
humanitarian affairs, leaders of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent
Organisations, he added.
On June 7, 2019, with a record approval rate of 192 out of 193 votes, Vietnam officially becomes a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council for the 2020-2021 tenure. (Photo: VNA)
When serving as chair of the UNSC for the first time during
the tenure in January 2020, Vietnam had skillfully and effectively handled the
differences among countries, following its foreign policy of independence,
self-reliance, diversification and multilateralisation, according to Viet.
He added that Vietnam has good relations with many countries
worldwide, including the UNSC permanent members. This is a favourable condition
for the nation to carry out missions of a UNSC president./.