Vietnam places high importance on cooperation with UN
Vietnam attributes great importance to the cooperative ties with the UN, said Deputy Prime Minister Truong Hoa Binh at an 23 October reception in Hanoi for UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra and representatives of the UN in the country on the occasion of the UN Day (24 October).
The Deputy PM also underscored Vietnam’s stance of supporting the UN’s efforts to reform its development network to increase the efficiency of the development cooperation among countries across the globe, assist member states’ development priorities, and successfully realize the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Vietnam always regards the United Nations (UN) as a top priority in its external policy, Binh said while suggesting that the Resident Coordinator should focus resources for the goal of supporting socio-economic development, thus carrying out the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly poverty elimination.
He said he hopes that the coordinator will work to connect all UN organizations in undertaking entrusted missions while ensuring autonomy and comparative advantages of each agency.
The host asked the UN organizations to forecast and update new trends and possible crises in the region and the world and their impact on Vietnam.
The Vietnamese Government will push ahead with its cooperation activities with the UN, and offer favourable conditions for UN organizations, thus enabling them to implement projects and programmes in the country in the most effective manner, he said.
Binh urged the Government Office, the Ministries of Planning and Investment, Finance, and Foreign Affairs to work hand in hand with competent ministries and sectors to review and map out measures to simplify ODA management and reception procedures, as well as adopt non-refundable aid projects to make the most of international support.
On behalf of the UN organizations in Vietnam, Kamal Malhotra congratulated the country on its achievements and prestige in the international arena. He thanked the Vietnamese Foreign Ministry for its close coordination to hold the Meeting on the UN Development System Reform, and hoped that Vietnam will be a leading contributor to the system.
The UN will stand side by side with Vietnam on the way to achieve all SDGs and ensure that no one is left behind, he said.
He also assured his organization’s support for the Southeast Asian country in policies of improving labour capacity and competitiveness to avoid the mid-income trap.