With its growing status and role in world politics, Vietnam has been nominated as the single candidate of the Asia-Pacific Group for the position.

Since its official admission to the UN on September 20, 1977, the relationship between Vietnam and the UN has been developing. It can be said that the cooperation between Vietnam and the UN is a typical example of development cooperation between the UN and its member states as well as of the UN’s role in promoting international cooperation to settle socio-economic, cultural and humanitarian issues in a member state.

The cooperation between Vietnam and the UN has reaped good outcomes while meeting Vietnam’s requirements for its socio-economic development in each period. These achievements have encouraged the two sides to join efforts to overcome existing shortcomings, expand their cooperation and improve their cooperation efficiency. They have also positively supported Vietnam’s national development cause and helped improve the UN’s role in the region and world.

Vietnamese Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc addresses the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly on September 27, 2018

Since its UN membership, Vietnam has received great support from UN’s organizations, and in return it has proved to be an active, proactive, and responsible member of this global organization. With its high sense of responsibility, Vietnam has actively participated in building and implementing the UN’s international treaties and contributed to the joint efforts to boost its role as the sole effective global multilateral institution that meets the common aspirations of mankind.

Vietnam has joined various important policy-making agencies of the UN, such as the UN Security Council in the 2008-2009 term, the UN Human Rights Council in the 2014-2016 term, the Economic and Social Council in the 1998-2000 term and in the 2016-2018 term, the Executive Council of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) for the 2013-2017 period.

Also, Vietnam has made positive contributions to disarmament and non-proliferation of nuclear and mass-destruction weapons movements.

In 2017, Vietnam was among the first 52 countries signing the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons. In 2018, Vietnam was the 10th country to ratify this treaty.

Especially, Vietnam has made great efforts and contributions to UN activities to promote international security and peace. Recently, Vietnam has deployed forces to participate in UN peacekeeping operations.

With its stable political situation, a safe and secure environment, Vietnam has had much experience in successfully hosting a number of international conferences. As the host of the second US-DPRK Summit in February 2019, Vietnam once again demonstrated its high sense of responsibility for international affairs and its effort to promote reconciliation and peace-building processes in the region and the world at large.

Implementing the Party’s foreign policy articulated in the 12th National Party Congress’s Resolution, particularly its viewpoint: “Actively participating and promoting its role in multilateral mechanisms, especially in ASEAN and the UN,” Vietnam will continue contributing actively to maintaining peace, stability, sustainable development in the region and the world, and strive to develop its cooperation and relationship with the UN in an intensive, practical and effective manner.

Translated by Mai Huong