– Vietnam will strive to
outstandingly perform its role as the United Nations Security Council (UNSC)
President in April, significantly contributing to realising the foreign policy
set by the 13th National Party Congress.
The affirmation was made by Politburo member, Deputy
Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh in his recent article
published on the occasion of Vietnam assuming the rotating UNSC Presidency for
the second time during the 2020-2021 tenure.
“This is the first multilateral mission the country
has taken on following the 13th National Party Congress, which has
drawn up vision and major orientations and policies for national development,
including the foreign policy in the new period,” Minh wrote at the beginning of
imprint at UNSC – favourable condition for further success
Vietnamese military doctors hold the flags of the UN and Vietnam at Juba International Airport when arriving there to begin their duties at the UN peacekeeping mission in South Sudan (Photo: VNA)
Vietnam has joined the UNSC for the second time in
the context of complex developments of the global situation, increasing
competitions between powers, conflicts and uncertainties occurring in many
places worldwide, and the COVID-19 spreading, according to the article.
However, the country has effectively implemented
activities relating to the UNSC, completed the heavy workload in the first year
of the tenure, and created its own imprint at the UNSC – the most important
body of the UN in maintaining international peace and security.
“This is the imprint and characteristics of the foreign
policy of Vietnam, a country that loves peace, opposes all forms of war and the
use of force, upholds the UN Charter and observes international law,” Minh wrote.
Vietnam has demonstrated its responsibility as a
UNSC member that always works to promote consensus and makes efforts to seek
peaceful solutions to conflicts, he went on.
“We have persistently pursued the principles of
independence, self-reliance, protecting national interests in harmony with the
interests of the international community; made active, proactive, constructive
and responsible contributions, and properly handled complicated issues in the
UNSC agenda, while promoting Vietnam’s efforts and experience in national
reconstruction and development,” he said.
The Deputy PM and FM stressed that Vietnam has
actively put forward many initiatives and played a core and leading role in several
While holding the UNSC Presidency for the first time
in January 2020, Vietnam successfully chaired an open debate on upholding the
UN Charter to maintain international peace and security, and the first-ever
meeting on cooperation between the UN and the ASEAN, which well combined the
country’s dual role of UNSC non-permanent member and ASEAN Chair in 2020, thus
helping enhance the ASEAN’s solidarity and role, and strengthen connectivity
between the regional grouping and the UN and the UNSC.
Vietnam also hosted the International Conference on
Women, Peace and Security with the participation of more than 400 delegates
from nearly 90 countries and many international inter-governmental and
non-governmental organisations. Countries had supported and appreciated
Vietnam’s efforts and resolve to host such an event amidst the pandemic, and
lauded the country’s leading role in building the Hanoi Action Commitment that
promotes women’s role in peace process. The document was co-sponsored by 75
countries in the region, and circulated as an official document of the UN.
The international conferene on women, peace and security held by Vietnam in December 2020 (Photo: VNA)
Moreover, the country has made specific and
pragmatic contributions to maintaining stability, reconstruction and peace
building through engaging in UN peacekeeping operations in South Sudan and the
Central African Republic.
Vietnamese forces at the UN missions have worked
professionally, and completed their assigned tasks, receiving applause of the UN
and the international community, and winning love and trust of local residents,
Such achievements have contributed to maintaining
and consolidating a peaceful, stable and favourable environment for national
development, improving Vietnam’s prestige and position in the international
arena, and deepening multi-faceted cooperation between Vietnam and major
partners, thus combining bilateral and multilateral diplomacy, he stressed.
serving as UNSC President, bringing into play pioneering role of diplomacy
Entering the second year of its tenure as a
non-permanent member of the UNSC and acting as the council’s President for the
second time in the tenure, Vietnam is strongly implementing the foreign policy
set out by the 13th National Party Congress, especially bringing
into play the pioneering role of diplomacy and promoting multilateral diplomacy
and comprehensive and intensive international integration.
Minh stressed that the strategic orientations and
new mindset about foreign relations, along with the successes gained in the
first year of the UNSC membership have provided a favourable foundation for the
country to better perform the UNSC Presidency in the second time, in April
According to him, as the council’s President, Vietnam
is set to organise and chair about 30 UNSC meetings and represent the council
in the relations with non-UNSC member states, UN agencies, international
organisations, and the press in an active, proactive, and responsible manner,
aiming to concurrently ensure objectivity and transparency, flexibly and
harmoniously deal with and balance countries’ interest in discussed issues,
while enhancing cooperation and consensus in the UNSC.
Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh (R) chairs the UNSC open debate on promoting the compliance with the UN Charter in maintaining international peace and security in January 2020 (Photo: Ministry of Foreign Affairs)
Vietnam will promote the priorities and hallmark
events that match its commitment to boosting “partnership for sustainable
peace” during its membership. Accordingly, Vietnam will seek satisfactory and
sustainable solutions to conflicts, promote dialogue, resolve disputes by
peaceful means, foster the role of regional organisations, put people at the
centre, and promote humane policies towards vulnerable groups.
In that spirit, Vietnam is going to chair three
important events during the month of its UNSC Presidency.
The focal event is a high-level open debate slated
for April 19 on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional
organisations in promoting trust and dialogue in conflict prevention and
settlement. This is the continuation of Vietnam’s priority of fostering the
role of regional organisations and also an occasion for the country to join
other states to share experience and propose solutions to tighten links between
the UN and regional organisations in handling global challenges as well as
preventing and solving conflicts in certain regions – an extremely practical topic
that matches both Vietnam’s interest and the expectations of the international
Vietnam will organise a ministerial meeting (on
April 8) on settling bomb and landmine consequences and maintaining sustainable
peace. As a country hit hard by war-left bomb, landmine, and explosive
consequences, Vietnam will share experience and attract the UNSC’s attention to
this issue. Together with other states, it will show support for
humanitarianism and the necessity of reinforcing international cooperation in
settling UXO aftermath.
A ministerial-level open debate on the protection of
facilities essential to people’s life in armed conflicts will take place on
April 27. Protecting civilians in armed conflicts, especially the facilities
essential to their life like food production and distribution facilities, water
and power supply facilities, and hospitals, is an issue frequently discussed at
the UNSC and many other multilateral mechanisms and forums.
Deputy PM and FM Minh concluded that 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 the firm belief that it will successfully fulfill its
role as UNSC President in April 2021 with new contributions and hallmarks./.