2 Vietnam’s Military Officers at UN Headquarters Promoted to New Ranks
|United Nations headquarters in New York. Photo: VNA
New ranks were bestowed upon two Vietnamese military officers working at the United Nations Department of Peace Operations in New York on July 19, VNA reported Wednesday.
The bestowing ceremony was held by Vietnam’s Permanent Mission to the UN at the request of the Department of Peacekeeping Operations under the Vietnamese Ministry of National Defence.
Accordingly, Luong Truong Vinh was granted the rank of Senior Lieutenant Colonel while Nguyen Phuc Dong the rank of Lieutenant Colonel.
Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, handed over their promotion decisions to the officials at the ceremony.
He praised the officers’ efforts to excellently fulfill their assigned tasks, including promoting Vietnam’s cooperation in peacekeeping operations at UN missions.
|Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang presents the new ranks to Luong Truong Vinh and Nguyen Phuc Dong at the ceremony on July 19. Photo: baoquocte.vn
|Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang presents the new ranks to Luong Truong Vinh (left) and Nguyen Phuc Dong at the ceremony on July 19. Photo: baoquocte.vn
The Permanent Representative of Vietnam to the UN, asked the officers to continue bringing into play their capability in task performance, further advise the Party and State about peacekeeping cooperation between Vietnam and the UN, and seek opportunities to increase the Vietnamese peacekeeping force’s participation in UN missions.
Vinh and Dong, two of the three military officers of Vietnam working at the UN Secretariat, pledged to keep doing their utmost to fulfill the tasks assigned by the Party, State and UN.
They also vowed all-out efforts to help boost Vietnam’s engagement in the UN’s peacekeeping operations in the time ahead.
|Delegates at the ceremony. Photo: baoquocte.vn
Luong Truong Vinh previously served in South Sudan and the Central African Republic as part of a UN peacekeeping mission. Both were valuable experiences for him in taking on the vacancy at the UN.
Vinh was the first Vietnamese officer to fill a UN security officer vacancy in New York. He, in January 2020, was recruited as a Planning Officer of the UN Department of Peace Operations.
Nguyen Phuc Dong was the third Vietnamese military officer to qualify for working at the UN headquarters’ Department of Peace Operations.
Dong serves as an officer in charge of military training for the management board of the Policy, Evaluation and Training Division’s Integrated Training Service under the UN Department of Peace Operations in a tenure from 2021-2023.
UN peacekeeping mission headquarters is in New York.
Since its inception in May 2014, the Vietnam Peacekeeping Centre has dispatched many officers on UN missions. To secure a post at the UNheadquarters, Vietnamese officers need to compete against between 150 – 200 candidates from other UN member nations to pass four qualification rounds.
On November 13, 2020, Vietnam's National Assembly passed Resolution No. 130/2020/QH14 on joining the UN peacekeeping force, which clearly stipulates principles, forms, fields and forces, competence, force deployment process, guaranteed funding, regimes, policies and state management for the engagement in the UN peacekeeping force.
Especially, after years of careful preparations, on November 17, 2021, Vietnam officially made debut Sapper Unit No. 1. This is the first time Vietnam has sent a sapper team to participate in the UN peacekeeping operations and also the deployment of the largest number ever, with 184 soldiers, including 21 women.
The first 28 members arrived in Abyei on May 5 and the remaining 156 arrived in Abyei on June 15 (local time).
The number of Vietnamese officers involved in UN peacekeeping missions remains modest but their contribution has been constantly praised by the UN and Vietnam’s international friends.
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