Vietnam will continue acting as a responsible member of the United Nations’ organisations and actively contributing to the building of the UN’s strategies and action programmes, Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung told UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on the sidelines of the 25 th ASEAN Summit in Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar, on November 12.

The Vietnamese leader elaborated that his country will actively engage in building the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development goals and integrating them into its national socio-economic targets.

It will also involve itself more in negotiations within the UN’s Framework Convention on Climate Change to help speed up the conclusion of a new global legally binding agreement in 2015, he added.

The PM stated that Vietnam hopes for further policy consultation and practical assistance from the UN in all fields, especially in sustainable poverty reduction, HIV/AIDS prevention and control, and climate change adaptation.

The country expects the UN will support its bid to become a member of the UN Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) in the 2016-2018 tenure and a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in 2020-2021.

For his part, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon spoke highly of Vietnam ’s attainments in fulfilling the Millennium Development Goals, which he said made the country one of the economies with the fastest economic growth in the region.

He thanked Vietnam for supporting the “One UN” initiative and valued its participation in the UN’s peace-keeping forces. He congratulated the country on its election as a member of the UN Human Rights Council and acknowledged its contributions to the building of the UN’s post-2015 sustainable development goals.

The Secretary-General also looked forward to a visit to Vietnam in the near future to further cooperation between the UN and the country.

Regarding the East Sea situation, Ban Ki-moon affirmed the UN’s viewpoint that all sovereign disputes in the waters need to be settled through dialogues, and all concerned parties must avoid actions that may cause tensions.

He said he hopes regional meetings will offer opportunities for parties involved to solve the issue, and the UN is willing to provide assistance to these efforts.-VNA