Vietnam successfully fulfilled its role as UNSC presidency in April

Vietnam, for the second time, assumed the role of rotating President of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) for the 2020-2021 tenure in April. This made a new and important imprint of the country in the process of transforming from a participant to an active and proactive UN member.
Vietnam fulfilled its duties as a non-permanent UNSC member in the first year of its membership, including holding the UNSC Presidency for the first time in January 2020.

For the second time in its role as UNSC President, Vietnam has promoted three priorities. These include, fostering ties between the United Nations (UN) and regional organizations to promote trust-building and dialogue in preventing and settling disputes . This is the continuation of Vietnam’s efforts since the beginning of its tenure. For this issue, a high-level open debate was held on April 19 with the attendance of The UN Secretary-General, leaders of ASEAN, the European Union (EU), and the African Union (AU).

“I am confident that the “challenges” of climate change shall be “drivers” for solidarity and positive change as we move towards COP-26 in Glasgow, and contribute to a more sustainable future for generations to come”.

Excerpts from State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc’s speech at the Leaders’ Summit on Climate which was held virtually on April 22-23.

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 in online format. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc and delegates attend the High-level Open Debate. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The Vietnamese President and delegates at the debate. Photo: Thong Nhat/VNA

The second priority Vietnam focused on was settling bomb and landmine consequences and maintaining sustainable peace. For the issue, Vietnam held a ministerial-level meeting chaired by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on April 8. The UN Secretary-General attended the event with special guests, including a representative from the all-female landmine clearance team in the central province of Quang Tri. Actor Daniel Craig, famed for playing the titular role in the James Bond film series, who is also the UN Ambassador in addressing bomb and mine aftermath, sent a video message to the event.

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son, as Chair of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for April, presided over an in-person and online ministerial open debate of the council on the theme  “Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population” on April 27. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA

 Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son and ambassadors, representatives of embassies,
international organizations in Vietnam attend the debate in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son chairs the debate in Hanoi. Photo: Lam Khanh/VNA

The third priority Vietnam focused on was the protection of an infrastructure that is crucial for people’s life amid armed conflicts. For this issue, a ministerial meeting was held on April 27 with the participation of the Deputy Secretary-General for humanitarian affairs and leaders of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Organizations.

“With high resolve to promptly and effectively implement the Resolution of the 13th National Party Congress, and with the growing strength, fortune, stature, and prestige, Vietnam has successfully fulfilled its role as UNSC President in April 2021 with new contributions and hallmarks”.
Deputy Prime Minister Pham Binh Minh
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, said that Vietnam entered its UNSC presidency with both advantages and difficulties. Among the numerous challenges are the developments in Myanmar, Syria, Yemen, and Libya, and the nuclear issue on the Korean peninsula. Members of the Security Council have to be ready 24/7 to make timely and correct decisions in dealing with emerging issues.

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy affirmed that Vietnam received great support from members of the Security Council for this term. Recently, the major countries in the council made certain adjustments and improvements, thus creating some advantages for Vietnam.

Representatives of UNSC members attend a videoconference on developments
in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Photo: Huu Thanh / VNA

An online debate of the UNSC chaired by Vietnam
on the situation in Syria. Photo: Khac Hieu/VNA 

Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy on April 20 chaired the UNSC's informal interactive dialogue
on the situation in Somalia. Photo: Khac Hieu / VNA

Foreign Minister Bui Thanh Son on April 27 hosted the ministerial open debate of the council on
the theme “Protection of Objects Indispensable to the Survival of the Civilian Population”. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA

Delegates attend the UNSC's debate chaired by Vietnam on the situation in Syria. Photo: Huu Thanh/VNA

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