Winner of essay contest marking UN’s 75th anniversary announced hinh anh 1UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra speaks at the event. (Photo:

Hanoi (VNA) - Trinh Thi Hanh An, a 3rd-year student, won the first prize of the first national essay competition commemorating the 75th anniversary  of  the  United  Nations.

Her essay features the relationship between Vietnam and the UN, the country’s contribution to the goals and mission of the UN, especially in peace and sustainable development.

An was crowned at the final pitching round for the contest that took place at the Green One UN House on December 14.

Five young finalists were selected from the more than 150 contestants from all across the country, including one online participant from Australia.

In his opening remarks, UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra highlighted: “While the partnership between the United Nations and the Government of Vietnam has been a special and close one for over four decades now since it joined the UN in September 1977, this relationship has evolved over time as it should, and now focuses not only on what the UN can do to support the Government of Vietnam and its people inside the country but also regionally and globally.”

The essay finalists have captured both the domestic and international aspects of the UN’s partnership with Vietnam.

They have reflected on both what this partnership has achieved so far and what it should focus on as Vietnam moves forward in the region and the world over the coming decade./.