Pro-actively contributing to global sustainable development

Thursday, 2015-09-24 04:16:57
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State President Truong Tan Sang (R) with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon during the Secretary General 's Vietnam visit in May.
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NDO – State President Truong Tan Sang is heading a Vietnamese high-level delegation to attend the United Nations (UN) Summit for the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development from September 24-28 in New York at the invitation of UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon.

The summit - the largest UN conference since the 2000 UN Summit to adopt the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) - coincides with the 70th anniversary of the UN’s establishment, along with other big global events, including the UN World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction, the International Conference on Financing for Development and the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21).

Over 170 State and government leaders from around the world will gather at the summit to adopt a new global development agenda, laying a framework and strategic direction for global sustainable development. To-be-adopted documents at the summit comprise 17 goals and 169 targets of sustainable development, resulting from active negotiations among UN member nations over the last two years, and are assumed to meet all members’ interests, particularly developing countries.

Vietnam officially became a UN member on September 20, 1977. Sharing and striving for the UN’s ideals of peace, autonomy and equality among nations, Vietnam always pro-actively takes part in the UN’s activities and makes practical contributions to promoting peace, security, development and human rights.

Vietnam was elected as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council during the 2008-2009 term and completed the term outstandingly. The country was also elected as a member of the UN Human Rights Committee for the 2014-2016 term. Vietnam’s active participation in the UN’s activities, particularly development co-operation and peace keeping, has been highly valued, and the country is considered by international friends as a trustworthy and responsible partner and friend.

The country has recently made many important achievements in socio-economic development: the macro-economy and the monetary market are stable; the gross domestic product (GDP) growth in the first half of the year reached 6.28%, the highest growth during the past five years; and Vietnam has been internationally recognised to have fulfilled the UN’s MDGs earlier than scheduled, especially in hunger eradication and poverty reduction.

Regarding external relations, Vietnam has strengthened and tightened multi-faceted co-operation with big counties and important partners while boosting regional connectivity and enhancing relations with the UN. Notably, the country has actively taken part in negotiations and preparations for the summit’s documents and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The UN and other member countries are looking forward to Vietnam’s experience sharing in realising MDGs and expect the country to continue its pro-active role in discussions and adoption of the UN’s new development directions.

The participation of the President and his entourage at the summit is aimed at realising the country’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, peace and development; pro-active international integration; multi-lateralisation and diversification of international relations; being a reliable friend and partner in the international community.

Attending the event, Vietnam shows its commitment and determination to realising sustainable development goals, sharing experiences in the field and enhancing the legitimate interests of developing countries.

May the President’s trip be a great success, contributing to promoting co-operation between Vietnam and the UN, as well as the common activities of the international community for global peace, co-operation and sustainable development.

NHAN DAN