Participants at the workshop (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) –
An international workshop was held in Hanoi on April 2 under the theme “Vietnam in the UN Security Council: Strengthening partnership for sustainable peace”.

Opening the function, Deputy Foreign Minister Le Hoai Trung said Vietnam first played the role of a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 period, adding this came from the country’s desire of becoming a responsible member of the international community as well as integrating into the world.

Vietnam has made practical contributions such as presiding over the compilation and negotiations to help the council pass Resolution 1889 on women, peace and security, as well as launching an initiative to consult with other UN members to build the council’s annual report in a more comprehensive and pragmatic manner.

According to Trung, right after concluding the 2008-2009 tenure, Vietnam continued running for the post of a non-permanent member of the council for the 2020-2021 tenure.

Over the past 30 years of reforms, the role and position of Vietnam in the international arena have been raised. In the field of peace and international security, Vietnam has made practical contributions and taken an active part in multilateral mechanisms on disarmament and non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Particularly, Vietnam was one of the first 10 countries to ratify the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (Nuclear Weapon Ban Treaty).

Since 2014, Vietnam has sent forces to the UN peacekeeping mission in the Central African Republic and South Sudan. Vietnam’s second bid for a seat at the UN Security Council is a continuous affirmation of the country’s policy of becoming an active member and a reliable and responsible partner in the international community.

It also presents an opportunity for Vietnam to contribute to ensuring peace, stability and development in the region and the world.

German’s Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung (KAS) Foundation’s representative in Vietnam Peter Girke said he hoped Vietnam will fulfill its missions of building and ensuring security and peace in the region and beyond if it is elected to this position.-VNA