Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh reiterated Vietnam’s commitment to ensuring and promoting human rights at the 25th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) in Geneva, Switzerland.
This was the first time Vietnam attended the event as a member of the UNHRC. Leading the Vietnamese delegation, Minh said that the country was “committed to playing its role with the highest level of responsibility” and would prove a “reliable partner.”
This was a precious opportunity for Vietnam to learn good practices and experience from the international community that could help further the national renewal as well as the promotion and protection of human rights domestically, he said.
Vietnam was willing to “work constructively on all matters related to human rights,” Minh told listeners, “from social security and sustainable development to the rights of vulnerable groups”.
He also said the country would “try to attract more attention from the Council to the specific needs and circumstances of developing countries facing new challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and the exhaustion of natural resources.”
Minh noted that Vietnam pursued a consistent policy of protecting and promoting human rights, considering the wellbeing of every person as the driving force of the national development, and that Vietnam stood ready to cooperate with all countries on this noble cause.-