On behalf of the Vietnamese Defense Ministry, the Deputy Defense Minister thanked Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix for his visit to Vietnam to co-chair the international conference on women with the U.N. peacekeeping operations. His presence contributed to the success of the conference as well as the development of Vietnam-U.N. cooperation relations. 

Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien receiving the U.N. Under Secretary General

Affirming that the U.N. is Vietnam’s most important partner, Senior Lieutenant General Hoang Xuan Chien noted that Vietnam pays much importance to promoting cooperation with the U.N. He also hailed the U.N.’s role in building an international legal system, peacekeeping, preventing conflict, and responding to global challenges.

The Deputy Defense Minister also thanked the U.N. functional organs and the U.N. Under Secretary General for supporting the Vietnamese Defense Ministry, especially in U.N. peacekeeping operations. Since June, 2014, Vietnam has dispatched over 500 military troops and officers of the public security force to take part in the U.N. peacekeeping operations. Currently, the proportion of Vietnamese female soldiers participating in the U.N. peacekeeping operations is 13.6%. They all have made great and active contribution to the mission.

At the reception 

In the coming time, the Vietnamese Defense Ministry will promote the participation of Vietnamese female officers to this task, towards the goal of 20%, he stressed.

For his part, Mr. Jean-Pierre Lacroix highly appreciated the active participation of Vietnam in the U.N. peacekeeping operations, hoping that the country would make further contributions to the task while affirming that the U.N. wishes to strengthen cooperation with Vietnam.

Presenting gift to the U.N. Under Secretary General

He also spoke highly of the significance of the conference in further promoting the U.N.’s Women, Peace and Security agenda.

Translated by Minh Anh