Delegates in a joint photo

Speaking at the event, Vietnamese Deputy Minister of Science and Technology Nguyen Hoang Giang said since Vietnam gained independence on September 2, 1945, the Party, State and people of Vietnam have made constant efforts to protect national independence, sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity, as well as citizens’ right to freedom, happiness and prosperity.

Vietnam has also joined hands with the international community to deal with global issues such as post-COVID-19 recovery, poverty reduction, climate change response and fulfillment of the U.N. Sustainable Development Goals, he said.

He added that Vietnam gives priority to promoting gender equality, empowerment for women and protection of vulnerable groups, prevention of gender-based violence and discrimination, especially in the process of dealing with urgent global challenges such as COVID-19 and climate change, which are also Vietnam’s major priorities when running for a seat at the U.N. Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 tenure.

According to him, Vietnam maintained socio-economic stability in 2021 and the first half of this year. It is stepping up transition to digital economy, innovation, green and sustainable growth, harmonizing economic development with environment protection and ensuring welfare for citizens.

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai address the event.

Ambassador Le Thi Tuyet Mai, head of the Delegation of Vietnam in Geneva, stressed that Vietnam always upholds and supports multilateralism, the U.N. Charter and international law; promotes international cooperation to cope with global challenges more effectively.

Vietnam is ready to contribute more to the U.N.’s activities and running for a seat at the U.N. Human Rights Council for the 2023-2025 tenure, she said.

She reiterated Vietnam’s commitment to making further contribution at the U.N. and bolstering more effective cooperation with the U.N. for the cause of national construction and defense, and for peace, cooperation and development in the world.

Participants at the event were also treated with Vietnam’s traditional music and food.

Source: VNA