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Vietnam attends ASEM foreign ministers meeting in Luxembourg

Luxembourg, November 5 (VNA) - Deputy Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son is due to deliver a speech on climate change - the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development at the 12th ASEM Foreign Ministers Meeting (AFMM 12) in Luxembourg on November 5-6.

On the sidelines of the event, he is scheduled to have bilateral meetings with heads of delegations from Croatia, Slovenia, Austria, Luxembourg, India, Sweden, and Finland.

An agreement on visa exemption for citizens of Vietnam and Malta is expected to be signed during a meeting between Deputy Minister Son the Maltese Foreign Minister on this occasion.

The biennial AFMM, which takes place in Asia and Europe in turn, aims to put on table issues related to the two continents, as well as promote their dialogues.

This year event focuses on climate change which presents huge challenges for the implementation of the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

Participants will also connectivity and future of ASEM.

As one of the 26 co-founders, Vietnam has continuously and actively participated in the ASEM which was established in March 1996, with a number of initiatives and positive contributions.

The country is also one of the pioneers to register the issue-based leadership, including climate change, human resources development, HIV/AIDS prevention and epidemic outbreak control, and culture and tourism.

In the 11th event in India, Vietnam joined three cooperation groups in the fields of natural calamity management, water resources management, and vocational training.

ASEM now consists of 53 members. It represents 63 percent of the world’s population, accounts for 57 percent of the global GDP and 68 percent of trade value.
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