Villegas made the remark this during his meeting with Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Do Hung Viet on the occasion of the Vietnamese official’s attendance at the third working week of the 50th regular session of the UNHRC from June 27 to July 1 in Geneva, Switzerland.

Villegas said that the message “Mutual Respect. Dialogue and Cooperation. Ensuring All Human Rights, for All.” for Vietnam's candidacy for a member of the UNHRC in the 2023-2025 term is the spirit that countries need to pursue when participating in the council.

Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs Do Hung Viet (right) and U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet

Viet also had working sessions with U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet, Director General of the U.N. Office at Geneva (UNOG) Tatiana Valovaya, and ambassadors, head of delegations from other countries attending the session. 

During the meetings, Viet briefed on Vietnam’s efforts and achievements in socio-economic development, protection and promotion of human rights, and responding to global problems.

He said Vietnam will continue to support and always make efforts to contribute to enhancing the role of multilateral mechanisms, including the U.N. in promoting cooperation in solving global issues.

Vietnam has just successfully completed its term of non-permanent member of the U.N. Security Council in 2020-2021 with many imprints and initiatives, contributed to U.N. peacekeeping operations and pioneered in promoting reform of the U.N. development system, the official said.

The Southeast Asian nation is currently running for membership of the UNHRC in the 2023-2025 term with many commitments and priorities.

UNOG General Director Valovaya appreciated Vietnamese senior leaders' recent attention and participation in international organisations within the U.N. system, affirming that UNOG will continue to support Vietnam in promoting the image of its land, people and cooperation potential at international organisations in Geneva.

Meanwhile, U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet said Vietnam’s socio-economic achievements have created a foundation for improving living standards and ensuring rights for Vietnamese people in recent years, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic and post-pandemic recovery period.

She hoped that Vietnam will continue to ensure the full participation of people, organizations, non-governmental organizations, scholars and development partners in the process of policy and law making.

Ambassadors and heads of delegations of countries spoke highly of Vietnam’s activities at the UNHRC’s 50th session, as well as the country’s efforts and achievements in promoting socio-economic development and ensuring human rights.

They also proposed new directions to promote bilateral relations of their countries with Vietnam.

Source: VNA