Joining hands with the international community today is a new Vietnam that is confident and willing to shoulder international responsibilities for peace and sustainable development, President Nguyen Xuan Phuc said in a message on the occasion of Vietnam’s successful completion of its tenure as a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in 2020-2021.
In the message, the President recalled that at this time two years ago, entrusted by the international community with 192 approval votes out of 193 votes, the name plate “Vietnam” was placed in the meeting room of the UNSC, an agency of top importance to the maintenance of global peace and security.
"It was a great pride but also a challenge to Vietnam amid the complicated developments in the region and the world and serious impacts of COVID-19 pandemic," President Phuc said.
He went on to say that bringing into play the country's new position and strength and with great efforts of its own and support of the UN member states, Vietnam actively and proactively engaged in the work of the UNSC, proposed many initiatives and made substantive contributions to the UNSC’s work. The country followed the motto of “partnership for sustainable peace” in seeking solutions to prevent and settle conflicts, connecting the UNSC with ASEAN, responding to challenges to global peace and security based on the compliance with the UN Charter and international law, he said.
The President affirmed that while participating in the UNSC, Vietnam clearly demonstrated its foreign policy of independence, self-reliance for peace, friendship, cooperation and development, multilateralization and diversification of relations, and comprehensive and in-depth global integration. From a poor country receiving aid, Vietnam has risen up to become an active partner proactively making contribution and joining hands with the UN to settle many global issues related to peace, security and development in the world. Vietnam acts as a peace-loving, modest and humane country which respects justice throughout its glorious history of national construction and defense, thus establishing its own diplomatic characteristics of the Ho Chi Minh era, Phuc said.
Vietnam has also shown itself as a dynamic and innovative country with a strong message about vision and aspiration for a powerful country by 2045 as envisioned at the 13th National Party Congress.
According to the President, Vietnam’s efforts at the UNSC and the overall success of external work have contribute to maintaining a peaceful and stable environment conducive to the country's development and integration, improving its position and deepening ties with countries and important partners.
He remarked that Vietnam fulfilled its tenure at the UNSC with positive repercussions, in tune with the international community’s common aspiration for a world of sustainable peace without wars, conflicts, poverty and inequality. Such repercussions have strengthened confidence and created a new driving force for the country to step up and improve multilateral external relations in service of national development, President Phuc concluded.
"Joining hands with the international community today is a new Vietnam that is confident and willing to shoulder international responsibilities for peace and sustainable development," he said at the end of the message.- (VNA/VLLF)