Vietnam attends IPU-UN parliamentary hearing hinh anh 1Head of the NA’s Committee for External Relations Nguyen Van Giau at the hearing (Source: VNA)

New York (VNA) - Head of the NA’s Committee for External Relations Nguyen Van Giau is leading a Vietnamese delegation to attend the 2019 Parliamentary Hearing – Emerging Challenges to Multilateralism between the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) and the UN, which opened on February 21 at the UN Headquarters.

Speaking at the event, Giau appreciated efforts of the UN in maintaining peace, global security and development of nations, stressing that Vietnam will continue joining actively, proactively and responsibly in activities of the two organisations.

He said that nations, especially big countries, need to maintain strong political commitments, take concrete actions on multilateralism, respect order based on rules and fundamental principles of the UN Chapter, abide by and implement UN resolutions and programmes in a fair, equal and responsible way.

Giau expressed his hope that the UN will be further reformed in the coming time, and it will build standards for new fields related to the environment, aerospace and water security, as well as pay due attention to developing countries.

Regarding IPU activities, Giau said the organization needs to work closely with member parliaments to implement its recommendations, and join the UN, regional and sub-regional organizations to continue building solutions to strengthen trust, promote preventive diplomacy, seek sustainable solutions to prolonged conflicts, prevent arms races and spread of weapons of mass destruction, thus contributing to maintaining peace in the world.

He said Vietnam has promoted international integration comprehensively and deeply across fields.

According to Giau, since joining the UN in 1977, Vietnam has always been an active member, and was elected to the Security Council, the Economic and Social Council, the International Law Commission, the Human Rights Council of the UN, and the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization(UNESCO). The nation is also participating in UN peacekeeping activities.

The Vietnamese National Assembly, a member of the IPU for the past 40 years, has participated responsibly and actively in activities of the organization, contributed to the amendment of the IPU’s charter and regulation, and was elected to the IPU Executive Board in  the 2016-2019 term.

On February 22, the Vietnamese delegation joins discussion sessions on issues of promoting responsible global governance, reforming the UN General Assembly, role and contribution of parliaments in promoting solutions to prevent, resolve conflicts and preserve peace more efficiently. The hearing will close on the same day.-VNA