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Vietnam leaves a strong impression as an active, effective member of UNSC

Vietnam has completed its role as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 tenure, and received high commendations from international friends. Vietnam Pictorial is honored to present these commendations as follows:

Foreign Minister of Mozambique Verónica Nataniel commended Vietnam for substantive contributions to the UNSC, especially their competent handling of important and complex agendas regarding international peace and security in line with the UN Charter and international law.


In the two years 2020 - 2021, the UNSC handled a large workload with about 840 ambassador-level meetings, thousands of consultations, and approved more than 254 documents on 60 topics.

Ambassador Philippe Kridelka, Permanent Representative of Belgium to the UN, affirmed that Vietnam has a strong voice and has gained  trust from around the world, especially countries in Asia, Africa, Europe and the US.

 

Ambassador Nathalie Estival-Broadhurst, Deputy Permanent Representative of France to the UN said that Vietnam has been very successful in connecting ASEAN with the UNSC. Armida Salsiah Alisjahbana, UN Under-Secretary-General and Executive Secretary of the UN Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP) underscored Vietnam’s contributions in promoting the comprehensive partnership between ASEAN and the UN.

 




Party General Secretary, President Nguyen Phu Trong sent an important message to the High-level General Debate of the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Tri Dung/VNA



In his capacity as President of the United Nations Security Council in April 2021, Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc on April 19 chaired a High-level Open Debate on "Cooperation between the UN and regional organizations in enhancing confidence-building and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution", which was held online. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivered a statement at the general debate of the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York, the US, on September 23, 2021. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



Vietnamese President Nguyen Xuan Phuc met United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres in New York on September 21 on the sidelines of the high-level general debate of the United Nations General Assembly’s 76th session. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA



President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the High-Level General Discussion session of the 76th United Nations General Assembly. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA




Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended and spoke at the United Nations Security Council High-level Open Debate on "Enhancing Maritime Security: A Case for International Cooperation" held virtually in Hanoi on August 9, 2021. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA




Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chinh visited the headquarters of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris, France, and met with Director-General of UNESCO Audrey Azoulay on November 5, during his official visit to France. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA


National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue received outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra on August 12, 2021. Photo: Doan Tan/VNA



Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh presided over the Ministerial Open Debate of the United Nations Security Council entitled “Toward the 75th Anniversary of the United Nations: Upholding the UN Charter to Maintain International Peace and Security” in New York on January 9, 2020. Photo: Khac Hieu/VNA



Deputy Prime Minister  and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh delivered a speech at the UN General Assembly high-level meeting to commemorate and promote international day for the total elimination of nuclear weapons (September 26, 2021). Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA





United Nations Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra hands over the COVID-19 vaccine to Vietnam. Photo: Minh Quyet/VNA




On June 21, 2021, the United Nations Security Council met to discuss the situation in South Sudan and the activities of the United Nations Peacekeeping Mission in the country (UNMISS). At the meeting, Vietnam affirmed its support and continued contribution to UN activities in South Sudan. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, attended and spoke at a working session of the UNSC on the situation in Somalia on May 25, 2021. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA


A wide view of the Security Council meeting on cooperation between the UN and the European Union in maintaining international peace and security on June 10, 2021. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA


Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, attended a working session of the UNSC on the situation in Libya on July 15, 2021. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA




The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened on October 4, 2021 to review the implementation of Resolution 2118, issued in 2013, over chemical weapons in Syria. Vietnam stressed the need for respecting and fully implementing the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC). Photo: VNA



The United Nations Security Council has approved a Resolution to extend the mandate of the United Nations Mission for the Referendum in Western Sahara (MINURSO) until October 31, 2022. Vietnam is in favor of resolving the Western Sahara problem through peaceful negotiations between the parties directly concerned, on the basis of international law. Photo: Xinhua/VNA



Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the United Nations (UN), on April 29 chaired a meeting to review activities during the Month of Vietnam’s Presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in April. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA

 


Vietnam on November 17, 2021 was re-elected as a member of the Executive Board of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the 2021-2025 term, marking the 5th time it was selected to the board. Photo: Thu Ha/VNA



The Ministry of National Defence held a ceremony in Ho Chi Minh City on March 23 to bid farewell to the staff of the level-2 field hospital No. 3 setting off for Bentiu, South Sudan, to join the United Nations peacekeeping mission. Photo: Thanh Vu/VNA



Officers and soldiers of Level 2 Field Hospital No. 2 say goodbye to relatives and comrades before going on a mission in South Sudan. Photo: Duong Giang/VNA


UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres said that as the President of the council ( January through April 2020), Vietnam showed its ingenuity and the role of a mediator in supporting the settlement of conflicts, creating a peaceful atmosphere among world powers. Particularly, as the ASEAN Chair in 2020, and the only ASEAN representative at the UNSC, Vietnam upheld the central role of the association in coping with regional security issues as well as strengthening cooperation between ASEAN and the UNSC as well as the UN as a whole.
 

The UK Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Ambassador Barbara Woodward, reaffirmed, “Without Vietnam’s work, I think the UNSC might have been off track in the handling of some urgent issues, so Vietnam's contributions as a non-permanent member of the UNSC were very valuable. Even when their non-permanent membership ends, I know that Vietnam will continue strongly to pursue issues of interest in other forums such as the General Assembly or the UN’s committees.”



 

10 outstanding hallmarks left by Vietnam at the UNSC during its tenure:  

 

1/ Promoting multilateral approach, consistently upholding international law and the UN Charter.    

 

2/ Enhancing search for a sustainable and comprehensive solution to conflicts.

 

3/ Strengthening humanitarian actions, protecting civilians in wars in a practical way.

 

4/ Addressing the concern of the United Nations Security Council and the global community about the long-standing impacts of conflicts and wars, including the aftermath of landmines, on people. 

 

5/ Bridging and substantively promoting the cooperation among UN, UNSC, and regional organizations to maintain world peace and security.

 

6/ Promoting the interest and policy remedy towards vulnerable groups in conflicts, especially women and children.   

 

7/ Actively promoting common action on urgent non-traditional security issues.  

 

8/ Adopting a balanced approach, transparency, responsibility in the management and solution of problems of common interest, helping to smooth out the differences and enhancing conversation and cooperation.    

 

9/ Contributing to enhancing the role of non-permanent members of the UNSC.  

 

10/ Vietnam made a practical contribution to UN global problems.

 

(Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son)

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Story: Phong Thu - Photos: VNA Translated by Hong Hanh

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