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Prime Minister leads the UN’s 70th Anniversary Celebrations

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Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung received the SDGs flag from the UN Viet Nam Country Team at the event!H.E Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung receives the SDGs flag from the UN Viet Nam Country Team at the event! Photo: UN Viet Nam\2015\Truong Viet HungHa Noi, 27 Oct 2015 - At a celebration of the UN's 70th Anniversary Viet Nam in Ha Noi on October 27th, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung reaffirmed Viet Nam's willingness to actively engage in and contribute to the United Nations's activities around the globe.

Addressing the event, the Prime Minister described the founding of the UN on October 24th, 1945 as a turning point in world history that has brought about massive changes to the humankind's peace and progress.

Over the past seven decades, the UN has consistently taken the lead in preventing and resolving conflicts, reducing war risks, maintaining peace. The UN has helped the world make numerous important achievements in the pillars of peace-security, development and human rights.

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Prime Minister appreciated the UN's valuable assistance to and effective cooperation with Viet Nam in the national development and protection, noting that the Vietnamese people sincerely thank the UN for its help in settling war consequences and impacts of economic embargos. Over the past four decades the UN has greatly assisted the country to improve its institutional capacity, administrative reform, poverty elimination, climate change response and sustainable development in the ongoing Doi Moi (renewal), industrialisation and modernisation endeavours, he added.

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Viet Nam's leader called on UN to speed up reforms in a comprehensive, balanced, transparent and equal fashion that meet its member nations' interests. The UN should strengthen policies and resources to support efforts to eradicate social unfairness and inequality, reduce poverty, narrow development gap, and boost green economic growth, ultimately creating a sustainable foundation for peace, security and development.

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He also urged the UN Security Council to shortly increase the member number and renovate its methods to effectively cope with global peace and security challenges. At the same time, he also called for UN agencies in Viet Nam to update their operations to become the country's development partners, instead of sponsors, to promote equal and effective cooperation.

The Prime Minister also stressed that Viet Nam regards its collaboration with the UN as a priority in its foreign policy, adding that bilateral relations will be enhanced in not only development cooperation but also in peacekeeping, conflict settlement, security maintenance, poverty elimination, environmental protection and climate change response.

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On behalf of the UN, UN Resident Coordinator in Viet Nam, Pratibha Mehta welcomed the Southeast Asian nation's role and actively participation in the UN for almost 40 years, especially as the UN Security Council President in 2008 and a member of the UN Human Rights Council in 2013. She congratulated Viet Nam on its election as a member of the Economic and Social Council in the 2016-2018 tenure as well as socio-economic accomplishments and strong commitments to realising the Millennium Development Goals. "Viet Nam's leadership on UN reforms and Delivering as One approach to ensure greater UN coherence, harmonisation and effectiveness as well as its commitment to inter – government agreement such as MDGs is globally well known," she said.

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"The United Nations is proud to be a trusted partner of Viet Nam for 40 years, even before it officially became a member of the United Nations." She noted that Viet Nam and other 192 UN member countries signed up to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals, voicing her hope for Viet Nam's high level participation in UN Climate Change Conference COP 21 to ensure an ambitious and universal climate change agreement, which is the first real test for world's community to deliver on necessary policy tools for sustainable development.

Ms Prabha Mehta affirmed that the UN System in Viet Nam stands fully committed to supporting the country in its post-2015 journey to ensure inclusive, equitable and sustainable development. At the ceremony, a photo exhibition on the 40-year relationship between Viet Nam and the UN was opened, highlighting humanitarian supports, rebuilding efforts, all-round reforms and the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals. The celebration was jointly held by the Foreign Ministry and the UN Country Team.

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