A UN Security Council (UNSC) teleconference, chaired by Vietnam, on the situation in Syria. (Photo: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) –
One of Vietnam’s top priorities in
its agenda as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council (UNSC) for 2020-2021 is to
strengthen the role of regional and sub-regional organisations, Ambassador Dang
Dinh Quy told the Vietnam News Agency on April 29.
Quy, who is also Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the
UN, made the statement following an April 29 meeting to review Vietnam’s rotating month-long
UNSC presidency in April.
During the first time serving as UNSC President last year, Vietnam successfully hosted an open debate on
partnership between the UN and ASEAN, he said.
Another virtual debate on beefing up cooperation between the
UN and regional organisations during the second presidency assumption was a
concrete action to fulfil Vietnam’s commitment, he noted, adding that it also
provided a chance to promote the image of ASEAN.
Since its inception in 1967, ASEAN has been highly regarded
as a grouping very successful in building trust and fostering dialogue, he explained.
Ambassador Dang Dinh Quy, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN. (Photo: VNA)
As UNSC President in April, Vietnam put forward four
initiatives, three of which adopted two presidential
statements and one resolution, the Vietnamese ambassador said.
He held that these initiatives have profound influence on
perception of the international community on the importance of a certain issue
and create new pushes for the international community to come up with measures
for the issue.
Compared to last year’s presidency, this time, Vietnam has
emerged as one of few countries able to fulfilling the twin goals of maintaining
positive economic growth and keeping the COVID-19 at bay, he continued. This has
helped the country propose initiatives with greater confidence and become more
proactive in organising consultations, he added.
According to Quy, Vietnam’s successful assumption of the role
as President of the UNSC in April is a vivid demonstration of the
implementation of the foreign policy set out in the 13th National Party Congress
at this important multilateral forum. In addition, during the month, Vietnam
performed well an orientation put forth at the congress which is to deepen the
country’s bilateral relationship with all countries inside and outside the UNSC,
especially those under the council’s discussions in April.
“We have had a very good relationship with those countries, paid attention to
their issues, held dialogues with them and left very good impressions on our
bilateral relations with them,” he said.
The ambassador went on to say that Vietnam’s greatest achievement when
joining the UNSC is to maintain its reputation as well as promote its prestige
and image in the hearts of international friends. Therefore, in the remaining eight
months of its tenure and beyond, Vietnam will continue efforts to contribute to
the general work of the council and the UN General Assembly as a whole./.