Vietnam's NA delegation attends a plenary session and the closing session of the 142nd International Parliamentary Union Assembly (Photo: VNA)
- Chairman of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs
Committee Vu Hai Ha led a delegation to attend a plenary session and the
closing session of the 142nd International Parliamentary Union (IPU)
Assembly, which were held via videoconference on May 27 evening under the chair
of IPU President Duarte Pacheco.
During the plenary session, delegates continued discussing many
issues related to the common theme of “Overcoming the pandemic today and
building a better tomorrow: the role of parliaments”. The session also approved
a resolution on parliamentary strategy to enhance peace and security against
risks and conflicts posed by climate change-related disasters and their
consequences, and a Resolution on integrating digitalisation and circular
economy to achieve sustainable development goals, especially responsible
consumption and production.
Regarding the resolution related to digitalisation and
circular economy, the Vietnamese NA delegation said that
education plays an important role in equipping people with knowledge about circular
economy to enable them to practice the circular economy and shape responsible consumption
habits from early on. At the same time, the ability to use digital tools,
digital skills, and the readiness to implement digitalisation must also be considered
as one of the basic contents of the educational curricula at all levels.
Vietnam shared the call in the resolution for the IPU to strengthen cooperative relationships with
member parliaments which are members of other organisations, including regional
parliamentary organisations, to collect evidence and information on the circular
economy, the environment and digitalisation, and to develop a guiding framework for
In addition, there should be economic and financial
incentives to promote more sustainable goods and services.
At the closing session, delegates emphasized the importance
and urgency of vaccination against COVID-19 globally, as well as the fair and
equal access to vaccines, and ensuring human rights and continuing to promote
the implementation of sustainable development goals in the context of the
IPU President Duarte Pacheco said that the 142nd IPU Assembly
is the first to be conducted in the form of videoconference, in the context of
the COVID-19 pandemic spreading around the world and developing complicatedly.
This assembly discussed many important parliamentary issues, highlighted the
parliaments’ role in overcoming the pandemic and building a better tomorrow, and
provided recommendations and solutions to strengthen international solidarity
and cooperation in response to the pandemic and post-pandemic recovery.
Within the framework of the assembly, IPU Committees also
discussed and the assembly issued resolutions on important issues in the field
of security – peace, sustainable economic development, and other contents
related to the United Nations, democracy and human rights, the role of young
parliamentarians in post-pandemic recovery, and promoting gender equality./.