WIPO chairmanship reflects Vietnam’s growing stature hinh anh 1Ambassador Duong Chi Dung (front, second, left) and the delegation of Vietnam's Ministry of Science and Technology at the 49th session of the WIPO General Assembly (Photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – The election of a Vietnamese ambassador as Chairman of the World Intellectual Property Organisation (WIPO) General Assembly, with the support of all member countries, has shown Vietnam’s growing stature in the global arena.

Ambassador Duong Chi Dung, head of Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN, the WTO and other international organisations in Geneva, was elected Chairman of the WIPO General Assembly for 2018-2019 by representatives of all 191 WIPO member countries at the General Assembly’s 49th session.

His election was the outcome of strong contributions by the Vietnamese mission and the ambassador himself to the WIPO’s work.

Ambassador Dung was the Asia-Pacific candidate, which has not had a representative serve as Chairperson of the WIPO General Assembly for more than a decade.

Vietnam’s candidacy for the position aimed to continue implementing the country’s multilateral foreign policy to be a responsible and proactive member with practical contributions to international organisations and forums.

The election win marked a new stride in the country’s foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, and integration into the world for peace, development and social progress.

The WIPO, founded in 1967, is one of the 16 specialised UN agencies.

The organisation and the world’s intellectual property (IP) system are forecast to face various challenges in the next two years. The rapid development of science-technology, globalisation and the Fourth Industrial Revolution will greatly influence IP management and policies, including the building of international standards to meet new IP protection requirements.

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Vietnam became a member of the United Nations on September 20, 1977, heralding a new era for the country’s multilateral diplomacy, which has substantially aided national development. 

Aside from the WIPO, Vietnam has contributed to organisations within the UN framework in general. It successfully fulfilled its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2008-2009. It was elected as Vice President of the UN General Assembly in 1997, 2000 and 2003, and President of the 33rd UN Food and Agriculture Organisation General Assembly in 2005.

The country has also worked as a member of other UN agencies such as the Human Rights Council in 2014-2016, the Economic and Social Council in 2016-2018, the Executive Board of the Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in 2015-2019.

It is now campaigning for a non-permanent seat on the UN Security Council for 2020-2021.

Vietnam’s participation in UN activities has helped raise its international standing and protect the country’s interests, particularly in terms of security, sovereignty and territorial integrity, through the principles of respecting all countries’ independence, sovereignty and territorial integrity, peacefully resolving disputes, and ensuring legitimate interests of all member countries.-VNA