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Vietnam is committed to be an active and responsible member of the international community
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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the High-level General Debate of the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly. Photo: VNA

Addressing leaders of 193 countries at the High-level General Debate under the theme “Making the United Nations Relevant to All People: Global Leadership and Shared Responsibilities for Peaceful, Equitable and Sustainable Societies,” Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the United Nations has played an enormous role, exerting tireless effort to preserve peace, prevent conflicts and wars and realize purposes and principles as codified in the United Nations Charter.

Vietnam has been a companion to the United Nations and contributed to the noble goals of the Organization over the last 70 years, and is one of the few countries to have achieved multiple 2015 Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations ahead of schedule, particularly on poverty reduction. It is Vietnam’s consistent policy to uphold the United Nations Charter and the fundamental principles of international law in the settlement of international disputes through peaceful means, including in the East Sea. Viet Nam is also making greater efforts to promote justice and sustainable development, foster equality and support for disadvantaged groups, protect the environment, and ensure rights for all citizens, while upholding the spirit of dialogue and cooperation in the area of human rights.

Emphasizing that the world is also faced with new, immense challenges, power politics with a focus on power, the use or threat of force and the rise of unilateral measures, the Prime Minister said, “No single nation, regardless of their might or wealth, can singlehandedly address these current enormous global challenges. This require common efforts and collaboration of all nations.” The Prime Minister suggested that a concept of "dual responsibility" be universally upheld. Each nation shall take additional responsibility for addressing global issues; and each individual shall take additional responsibility as a global citizen. He expressed his hope that major powers and developed countries, by taking, meaningful actions, will play an exemplary role in maintaining peace and fostering development. “The United Nations General Assembly should be the heart of cooperation among countries and peoples for peace, equality and sustainable development,” he said.

In the age of the Fourth Industrial Revolution, mankind's progress is measured not only by the feats of technological advancement, but peace and prosperity first and foremost; and even the smallest opportunity for peace must be cherished and nurtured. The voice of small nations and the aspirations of the disadvantaged must be respected, heard and shared. This is the foundation for sustainable and inclusive development, one that leaves no one behind. This is the foundation of social stability to guarantee the rights and harness the creativity of every person.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc said that the UN should engage in strong and comprehensive reforms towards improving its effectiveness, democracy and transparency to better fulfill its indispensable role in leading efforts to address global challenges. The UN should strengthen cooperation with regions, particularly the UN-ASEAN High-level Cooperation mechanism, highlighting the UN more within ASEAN, and ASEAN more within the UN.

Through his speech, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc conveyed to the debate the strong message that Vietnam is committed to do its utmost to make more effective contributions to the common efforts of the international community, realizing the common goals of the UN for a world of peace, cooperation and development, and an equal, democratic international political and economic order based on law, suitable of the country’s position and expectations of UN member countries.

The Prime Minister expressed heartfelt gratitude to the 53 countries of the Asia-Pacific for endorsing Vietnam as the sole candidate of the Group for non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for the 2020-2021 term, and other countries for their extensive support for Vietnam’s candidature. He called for and expressed hope to receive the support of all member states. “Vietnam is committed to be an active and responsible member of the international community and the United Nations”, he said.

On the sidelines of the debate, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc had meetings with President of the UN General Assembly Maria Fernanda Espinosa Garces and UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, President of the Cuban Council of State, Presidents of Croatia, Fiji, Saint Lucia, and Prime Minister of Bulgaria. The Prime Minister also received President of the Harbinger Foundation, former US Secretary of the Treasury, President of the Warburg Pincus Foundation; met and held talks with several US corporations, including those in the Top 500 Fortune such as GE, Walmart, Amazon, HSBC, Metlife, Medtronic, Gilead Sciences, among others.

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s participation in the 73rd General Assembly of the United Nations is of special important significance, confirming the role and commitment of Vietnam to together with other UN member countries address global challenges, reiterating the message to strengthen global partnership for a world of peace, equality and sustainable development for all people.

Nguyen Dong