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National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan and the high-level delegation of the National Assembly of Vietnam at the General Debate. Photo: VNA

The IPU-138 General Debate on the theme “Strengthening the Global Regime for Migrants and Refugees," was organized on 25 March in Geneva, Switzerland. At the General Debate, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan delivered an important speech.

The Chairwoman opened her speech emphasizing that the 138th IPU Assembly took place amid changes in the world situation causing complex issues, affecting people’s safety and well-being, especially migrants, women and children.

Recalling joint efforts in implementing the Sustainable Development Goals, in the spirit of “no one is left behind” and with the motto of turning words into action, the Chairwoman underscored the need to create a full legal framework to help protect human dignity and rights along with the fundamental freedoms of migrants, while promoting their contributions to the development of each nation in terms of not only the economy but also culture and knowledge.

The Chairwoman also said that as the world’s biggest inter-parliamentary organization, the IPU should continue taking lead in promoting cooperation for development among countries. It should encourage the participation of its member parliaments in promoting positive trends, representing and protecting the rights of people and contribute to coping with challenges and risks, particularly those relating to migration.

Meanwhile, the member parliaments also need to play an active role in building international and regional peace and security by requesting that their respective governments resolve disputes and conflicts through peaceful measures, not use or threaten to use force, and respect international law for peace, stability, prosperity and sustainable development.

National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan affirmed that in the process of national development and international integration, Vietnam has been consistent in its policy of ensuring all people are equal before the law and creating conditions for people to adopt the right to migrate and engage in socio-economic development, exchanges and community connectivity, ensure democratic rights and contribute to national development. This line is written in the Constitution and relevant legal documents and is enforced in practice.

At an international level, Vietnam supports legal migration activities, particularly labor migration, and resolutely fights against illegal migration, especially human trafficking and transnational crimes, as well as ensuring safe migration and the protection of the rights and legitimate interests of migrants during the migration process, especially during crisis.

"As an active and responsible member of the international community, Vietnam is willing to actively join global efforts in dealing with the migration issue in line with its development level, law and international treaties of which the country is a member, including the development of a Global Compact on Safe, Regular and Orderly Migration of the United Nations, demonstrating its responsibility to actively participate in and implement commitments, programs, and activities of the United Nations, especially the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, while creating a peaceful and stable environment for national development," she said.

Emphasizing Vietnam's concerns over illegal immigrants, especially the negative impact of the problem on women and children, the National Assembly chairwoman said to tackle the crisis it is necessary to promote cooperation at the global level, with active participation and close cooperation of nations and international organizations; peace and stability are the prerequisites for boosting socio-economic development and ensuring the fundamental rights and happiness of people in every country around the world which are the key to thoroughly addressing the current crises.

While suggesting solutions, Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan said the international community should continue to consolidate a peaceful and stable environment for sustainable development and prevent the seeds of conflicts and disputes. The international community should promote proper international legal frameworks with international commitments to ensure the rights and interests of legal migrants and to prevent illegal migration, human trafficking and transnational crimes.

At the same time, the role of parliaments and parliamentarians should be enhanced in building and perfecting the law and supervising the governments’ enforcement of policies and laws in this field. They need to ensure that people from all strata are treated equally without discrimination or bias and create conditions for migrants to integrate into society and benefit from healthcare, educational and social security policies and seek jobs like local people. The National Assembly Chairwoman stressed the need to strengthen the oversight of the implementation of the National Plan of Action to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, ensuring that no one is left behind. In this process, the role of the IPU, the United Nations and international organizations is essential to support and assist member parliaments to implement policy solutions.

Concluding her speech, Chairwoman Ngan affirmed that the National Assembly of Vietnam pledges to be a responsible member that is ready to work with the IPU and member parliaments to carry out the IPU’s resolutions and initiatives, thus contributing to peace and sustainable development in the interests of countries in the world.

On the sidelines of the IPU-138 General Assembly, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan met with IPU Secretary-General Martin Chungong, Bulgarian National Assembly President Tsveta Karaiancheva.

* Following the IPU-138, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan paid an official visit to the Kingdom of the Netherlands at the invitation of the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, Khadija Arib.

During the visit, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan held talks with Speaker Khadija Arib; talks with President of the Dutch Senate Ankie Broekers-Knol; paid a courtesy visit to Dutch Queen Máxima Zorreguieta Cerruti; met with Deputy Director of the Staff of the Delta Programme Commissioner Hermen Borst and the Board of Directors of the Dutch-Vietnamese Chamber of Commerce; visited the World Horti Center and worked with the Dutch Cooperative Organization (Agriterra); visited the Deltares Institute in the city of Delft, NACO Company, a subsidiary of Royal HaskoningDHV; met with the Vietnamese embassy staff and representatives of the Vietnamese community in the Netherlands.

At the talks, the two sides agreed that parliamentary cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands constantly developed. The two sides actively maintained the exchange of delegations at all levels, shared experiences in the areas of parliamentary activities, and met, coordinated and supported each other in multilateral forums. Accordingly, the two sides concurred to continue the exchange of delegations at high, committee, and agency levels of the National Assembly and parliamentarians in order to increase mutual understanding and trust as a basis for deepening the relations and making them more practical and effective in all areas; continue to promote consultation mechanisms and close coordination at multilateral forums, such as the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), the Asia-Europe Parliamentary Partnership (ASEP); coordinate to supervise the implementation of cooperation agreements signed by the two governments, and exchange information on parliamentary activities of each country.

On this occasion, National Assembly Chairwoman Nguyen Thi Kim Ngan expressed her hope that the visit would deepen the friendship and cooperation between Vietnam and the Netherlands in general, and with the Dutch Parliament in particular and open new prospects for bilateral cooperation, as well as cooperation between Vietnam and the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) and the European Union (EU).

The Netherlands highly appreciated Vietnam’s economic achievements since its joining ASEAN and maintained that the two countries had many similarities, and optimism and sense of compliance with international commitments brought the two sides close together. Given good and friendly relations between the two countries in the past 45 years (1973-2018), and political trust, the two sides affirmed to make more contribution to elevate bilateral ties to comprehensive strategic partnership.

Thu Phuong