PM instructs promoting multilateral diplomacy

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh gave the directions of promoting multilateral diplomacy in the conference held in both videoconference and in-person forms in Ha Noi on January 22 to review Viet Nam's performance during the two-year tenure of a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
Tổng kết hai năm Việt Nam đảm nhận cương vị Ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc
Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh gave the directions of promoting multilateral diplomacy at the conference. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh has underlined the need to further promote and scale up multilateral diplomacy, and external activities must be implemented with sincerity, trust, equality and respect, with willingness to listen for effective cooperation and common development, thus laying the foundation for making full use of international resources for national sustainable development.

The PM noted that Viet Nam's assumption of the position as a non-permanent member of the UNSC for a second time just over 10 years after completing its first tenure in the council, with a record high number of votes (192 out of 193 votes), showed the stature of the country and the high confidence of other countries in Viet Nam’s external policy.

Amid the complicated developments in the world and regional situation, the Government leader asked the diplomatic sector to continue to take the pioneering role in maintaining the peaceful and stable environment and contributing to the safeguarding of national independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity of the country in the new situation.

He required the sector to conduct comprehensive and synchronous multilateral diplomatic activities across the field while continuing to deepen bilateral partnerships with other countries and international organisations.

Tổng kết hai năm Việt Nam đảm nhận cương vị Ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc
PM and delegates at the event. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

At the same time, the sector should continue to play a main role in leading reconciliation and participate in the formation of rules at multilateral forums when conditions permit, through hosting big international events, running for important positions in international organisations and proactively putting forward ideas, thus creating positive imprints and enhancing Viet Nam's position and value in relations with other countries.

The PM also stressed the need for close coordination among diplomatic agencies for higher efficiency in implementing tasks in diplomacy and international integration.

According to Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, Viet Nam began its tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC in 2020-2021 when there were both advantages and challenges and difficulties in the world and the regional situation with unexpected developments, especially the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In such circumstances, in the last two years, the UNSC has handled a great workload with 840 meetings at ambassadorial level and thousands of consultations at different levels. It adopted a total of 254 documents of all kinds and discussed more than 60 issues related to situations on all continents and all non-traditional security matters, especially climate change, COVID-19 and maritime security.

Tổng kết hai năm Việt Nam đảm nhận cương vị Ủy viên không thường trực Hội đồng Bảo an Liên hợp quốc
Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son spoke at the conference. (Photo: Nguyen Hong)

The minister said with a consistent message of being “a partner for sustainable peace,” Viet Nam joined the council in an active, positive spirit with a high sense of responsibility, and made practical contributions to the council’s work.

Reviewing the imprints that Viet Nam left on the UNSC, Son said that Viet Nam helped promote the multilateral approach and uphold international law as well as fundamental principles of the UN Charter, while pushing the search for sustainable and comprehensive solutions to conflicts, including the settlement of conflict consequences for the long-term development of countries.

The country has worked to spread humanity and increase protection of civilians, especially vulnerable groups such as women and children, in conflicts, and to strengthen cooperation between the UN, the UNSC with regional organisations in maintaining peace and international security, as well as increasing the central role and presence of the ASEAN in the Council. Viet Nam actively proposed solutions to many global issues, especially non-traditional security matters such as climate change, maritime security, and pandemic response, said Son.

He affirmed that with those imprints, Viet Nam’s tenure as a non-permanent member of the UNSC was a step forward in implementing the diplomatic policy of independence, self-reliance, multilateralisation and diversification as well as active, extensive and effective international integration, thus further enhancing the position and prestige of Viet Nam in the world arena.

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(Source: VNA)