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UN relationship growing deepers, says PM Dung

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Ha Noi (Viet Nam News 23 Oct 2010) — The United Nations is Viet Nam's top partner, said Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung yesterday during an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the founding of the UN.

"The relationship between Viet Nam and the UN is increasingly growing deeper and more effective with a major focus on poverty reduction, environmental protection and millennium development goals (MDGs)," he said.

At a reception for chief representatives of UN bodies in Viet Nam, Dung expressed his thanks for their co-operation with the country so far.

"Viet Nam always stands side by side with the UN in realising the One UN Initiative as well as other works to help the organisation play a more active role in ensuring world peace and security."

"Since its founding, the UN has made considerable contributions to all areas of international life.

"The UN is central in dealing with global challenges, especially in areas related to maintaining international peace and security, food and energy and in efforts to counter the global economic crisis," he said.

The leader said he also highly appreciated the contribution of the UN Resident Co-ordinator John Hendra to accelerating Viet Nam's ties with other international organisations.

Hendra affirmed that the UN was willing to assist Viet Nam in the coming time, especially in the implementation of the 2010-20 Socio-economic Development Strategy and in efforts to reduce poverty and battle climate change.

On behalf of other chief representatives, Hendra presented their condolences to the victims of flooding in central Viet Nam.

He praised Viet Nam's co-operation with UN bodies and the country's role in the world arena at a time when Viet Nam was a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations.

He also hailed Viet Nam for completing the MDGs ahead of time and for sharing experiences in implementing action programmes at UN conferences on social development, the environment, food security, finance for development, housing, human rights, population and development, women, children, and work on reducing racial discrimination and HIV/AIDS prejudice.

Dung highlighted the four major challenges facing Viet Nam in the Sustainable Development Strategy in the next 10 years. These challenges included climate change, the need to develop infrastructure, training of high-quality human resources and management of a modern nation in the market-oriented economy, he said.

To that end, Dung said, Viet Nam looked forward to support from the UN and other partners, especially in economic development investment, policy consultancy, poverty alleviation, the fight against HIV/AIDs and environmental protection.

Also yesterday,Dung held a reception for the Embassador to Viet Nam Yasuaki Tanizaki. - VNS

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