The official said that the emerging of non-traditional challenges, including climate change, diseases, food security, water security, cyber security, terrorism and trans-national crime have required the country to raise the effectiveness of multilateral diplomacy to contribute to realize the national development aspiration in the new period and build and firmly protect the socialism.

At the meeting

Speaking at the meeting, themed “Multilateral Diplomacy: Promoting Vietnam’s Participation in and Contribution to Multilateral Forums on Dealing with Non-Traditional Challenges,” the deputy minister of foreign affairs highlighted the outcomes of multilateral diplomacy over the past time. He recalled that Vietnam has obtained achievements in three diplomacy channels, including Party diplomacy, State diplomacy and people-to-people diplomacy.

Notably, Vietnam successfully fulfilled its duties as ASEAN Chair in 2020 and non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council in the 2020-2021 term. In addition, the country successfully stood for election to many important U.N. agencies and is running for a member of the U.N. Human Right Council of the 2023-2025 tenure.

Those above-mentioned achievements have resulted from the efforts of the whole political system, the timely direction of senior leaders as well as efforts of relevant agencies and localities.

At the meeting, delegates agreed on some measures to promote multilateral diplomacy in general and to respond to non-traditional challenges in particular with a focus on accelerating research and strategic forecast and proposing initiatives at multilateral forums towards taking the core and leading role in the issue.

Regarding domestic mechanism, delegates emphasized the need to logically assign missions to ministries and agencies from central to local levels and promote close and harmonious coordination among them so as to take full advantage of the combined strength of the political system. 

In addition, participants agreed to further promote the role of the country’s representative offices in foreign countries, especially at multilateral forums, take advantage of international resources and strengthen cooperation in responding to non-traditional challenges. 

Translated by Tran Hoai