In his speech, President Phuc put forth specific proposals to promote multilateral cooperation with the U.N. as the center and taking international law as the foundation to jointly cope with complex global challenges such as wars, conflicts, resource disputes, climate change, and the COVID-19 pandemic, which are negatively impacting peace, security and development in the world.

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President Nguyen Xuan Phuc speaks at the event.

The President said the most urgent issue right now is to control the COVID-19 pandemic through international cooperation. He noted that priority allocation of vaccines should be given to nations with a low vaccination rate, while developing countries should be enabled to engage in vaccine production and supply chains.

The key solution to contain the pandemic and foster economic recovery lies in each nation’s ability to strengthen its resilience, President Phuc said.

“Resilience can only be sustained if it is based upon cooperation and connectivity among nations, particularly at a time when non-traditional security challenges do not know borders and can impact any nation,” he said.

The leader informed that Vietnam is working closely with fellow ASEAN members to promote ASEAN centrality in the maintenance of peace, security and prosperity in Southeast Asia and the Asia-Pacific at large.

Vietnam shares ASEAN’s position and the international community’s common voice on the importance of peace, stability, maritime security and safety, freedom of navigation and overflight in the East Sea (South China Sea), he affirmed.

He called on parties involved to refrain from unilateral actions that may further complicate the situation, resolve disputes and differences through peaceful means in line with the U.N. Charter and international law, particularly the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea 1982 (UNCLOS 1982).

It is also necessary to fully observe the Declaration of Conduct (DOC) by parties in the East Sea, and soon achieve a substantial and effective Code of Conduct (COC) in line with international law, including UNCLOS 1982, the President said.

President Phuc also highlighted Vietnam’s aspiration for a strong and prosperous country, a law-governed state of the people, for the people and by the people, and an ability to invoke the patriotism, perseverance, great national solidarity and innovation of the entire nation.

“The path ahead will not be easy. But I am convinced that the world people’s hearts will beat as one. Vietnam will work with countries and people around the world so that together we can prevail over the pandemic, and build a world of peace, prosperity and happiness for all. And this will be a glorious victory for us all,” he concluded.

Source: VNA