President Tran Dai Quang (R) and UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson (Source: VNA)
Hanoi (VNA) – President Tran Dai Quang reaffirmed Vietnam’s commitment to joining the United Nations’ efforts for a peaceful world and sustainable development during a reception for UN Deputy Secretary General Jan Eliasson in Hanoi on May 4.

Vietnam wants the UN to continue upholding its role in maintaining global peace, security and helping member states successfully realise agreements of historic significance adopted last year, including the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Paris Agreement on Climate Change, he said.

President Quang thanked the UN agencies in Vietnam for their joint work to devise the 2017-2021 Vietnam – UN Joint Cooperation Plan as well as the urgent humanitarian assistance for victims of drought and saltwater intrusion in the south central region, Central Highlands and the Mekong Delta, including adding Vietnam into the list of 22 countries in need of global support.

Eliasson, in reply, hailed Vietnam for supporting the initiative “One UN” and its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 tenure, adding that he backs the country’s bid for the same position for 2020-2021.

He wished that Vietnam would continue integrating the UN sustainable development goals into its socio-economic development and achieve more successes.

The UN Deputy Secretary General stated that the UN is fully aware of difficulties caused by drought and saline intrusion in Vietnam and the UN will join hands with Vietnam to cope with the adverse impacts of climate change.

The guest also spoke highly of Vietnam’s efforts in exercising human rights and respecting the UN Charter.-VNA