President Nguyen Xuan Phuc delivers a speech at a high-level debate in the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York on September 22, 2021 (Photo: VNA)
2021, Vietnam has continued acting as an active and responsible member of the
international community as seen in its performance in many multilateral cooperation
During the year, aside from
making active and responsible contributions within many frameworks, the country
has successfully fulfilled its second term, 2020 -2021, as a non-permanent
member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC); been re-elected to the UN
International Law Commission for 2023 - 2027; and become a member of the UNESCO
Executive Board for 2021 - 2025.
Deputy Minister of Foreign
Affairs Dang Hoang Giang said Directive No. 25 issued by the Party Central
Committee’s Secretariat in 2018 and the guidelines for diplomacy issued at the
13th National Party Congress institutionalised a critically important
policy of promoting and elevating multilateral diplomacy to the next level.
He noted Vietnam has
consistently implemented the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance for
peace, friendship, cooperation, and development; multilateralising and diversifying
external relations; being a friend, a trustworthy partner, and an active and
responsible member in the international community; and ensuring the national
interests at the highest possible level on the basis of the fundamental
principles of the UN Charter and international law.
This year, the most outstanding
highlight of multilateral diplomacy is the country’s non-permanent UNSC membership.
Amid the fast-changing, complex, and unpredictable political - security and
socio-economic situation in the world over the last two years, Vietnam has
excellently fulfilled this role, according to Giang.
The Vietnamese delegation attends a plenary meeting of the 41st session of the UNESCO General Conference in Paris in November 2021 (Photo: VNA)
Do Hung Viet, Assistant to
the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Director of the Foreign Ministry’s Department
of International Organisations, said during its term at the UNSC, Vietnam has
always shown its principled stance of upholding international law and the UN
Charter while paying attention to the legitimate interests and opinions of the
Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao,
who was recently re-elected to the International Law Commission for 2023 -
2027, held that Vietnam’s largest contribution to the UNSC is to promote the
building of the UN peacekeeping force. It has also represented the voice of
developing countries in the settlement of conflicts in “hot spots”.
He attributed this success to
Vietnam’s persistence in the foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, and
being an active and responsible member of the international community, which
has helped maintain a peaceful and stable environment for developing the
country; firmly safeguarding independence, sovereignty, and territorial
integrity; and raising Vietnam’s stature and prestige.
Deputy Minister Giang added
the important factors in the success of this time’s non-permanent UNSC membership
are the entire political system’s engagement under the leadership and direct
participation of senior Party and State leaders, the persistence in principles
and flexibility in strategies, the close and harmonious coordination among
relevant ministries and sectors, the people’s support and consensus, along with
international friends’ trust and assistance./.