PM delivers speech at U.N. General Assembly’s General Debate.

PM Pham Minh Chinh said Vietnam, which suffered severe pains, sacrifices and losses from wars as well as blockage and embargo in the previous century, understands and cherishes the values of peace, cooperation and development, adding with the spirit of “putting aside the past, overcoming differences, upholding similarities and looking towards the future,” Vietnam has spared no efforts to develop relations with foreign countries.

As the world is facing serious crises in terms of trust, multilateral cooperation, principles and resources, PM Pham Minh Chinh said that the world leaders should join hands to carry out five groups of measures with an inclusive and comprehensive approach.

First, it is necessary to build sincerity, reinforce strategic trust and call upon countries to uphold responsibility as the basis of the efforts, he said, in which the world’s powers should play a very important role in intensifying trust, and spreading sincerity and sense of responsibility.

Second, the world's leaders should stand shoulders by shoulders to devise a global solution to promoting solidarity, international cooperation and multilateralism, while heightening the U.N.’s central role, and supporting the plan to accelerate the realization of the sustainable development goals.

Third, people should be considered as the center, target, subject, motivation and resources of sustainable development in every process of policy making and actions, ensuring that no one is left behind, he said.

Fourth, overall solutions in the fields of economy, politics, and society should be accelerated to ensure stability, security and safety, with a focus placed on the transition to green economy, digital economy, circular economy, sharing economy and knowledge economy; promotion of innovation, startup, reduction of trade barriers; strengthening of free trade agreements; and improvement of fiscal-monetary institutions.

An overview of the event

Fifth, global leaders should join hands to remove bottlenecks, mobilize and effectively use resources, while capitalizing on their countries’ potential and strengths, PM Pham Minh Chinh said, adding developing and underdeveloped countries, particularly those hard hit by climate change and diseases should receive support in terms of finance, technology, human resources and management.

He went on to affirm that Vietnam persistently pursues a foreign policy of independence, self-reliance; multilateralization and diversification; being a good friend and trustworthy partner of all countries, and a proactive and responsible member of the international community.

Vietnam will make more contributions to the U.N.’s priorities, he said, stressing the country will increase its participation in U.N. peacekeeping activities, and work to achieve the net-zero greenhouse gas emission target by 2050, besides ensuring both domestic and global food security.

Recalling the development history and current position of the Southeast Asian region, PM Pham Minh Chinh pledged to join hands with countries both in and outside the region to maintain peace, stability, security, safety and freedom of navigation in the East Sea (South China Sea) based on international law, including the U.N. Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) 1982; exercise self-restraint, avoid unilateral actions, and settle disputes and differences via peaceful and cooperative measures, including diplomatic and legal processes. 

After PM Pham Minh Chinh concluded his speech, international friends congratulated the Vietnamese leader and expressed their appreciation for Vietnam’s positive and responsible contributions to the world, and spoke highly the role and position of the Southeast Asian country in the region and the world.

Source: VNA