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State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc to chair UNSC’s high-level open debate

Rosy Huong Rosy Huong

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April 15, 2021 | 09:32

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will preside over a high-level open debate of the United Nations Security Council on April 19.

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A meeting of the UNSC (Photo: AFP/VNA)
Vietnam on April 1 began activities in its capacity as President of the UNSC for April, the second and last time the country has assumed the post during the 2020-2021 tenure. In photo: a meeting of the UNSC. Source: AFP/VNA

State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will preside over a high-level open debate of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on strengthening cooperation between the UN and regional organisations in promoting trust and dialogue in conflict prevention and resolution.

The meeting will be held on April 19 in both in-person and virtual forms, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

This is one of the events to be chaired by Vietnam this month when the country serves as UNSC President, its second time in the seat during the 2020-2021 tenure.

Vietnam's new state president Nguyen Xuan Phuc. Photo by VnExpress
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc will preside over a high-level open debate of the United Nations Security Council on April 19. Photo: VnExpress

On April 1 morning, the UNSC adopted the April Programme of Work proposed by Vietnam, under which the council will hold 15 open debates and 10 closed meetings discussing various peace and security matters in the world, including situations in the Middle East, Syria, Libya, Yemen, Sudan, South Sudan, Mali, West Sahara, Colombia, and Kosovo, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.

Vietnam is scheduled to chair four video-teleconferencing (VTC) open debates this month, with the first on “Mine action and sustaining peace: Stronger partnerships for better delivery” taking place on April 8.

Following an open debate themed “Women and peace and security: Sexual violence in conflict” on April 14, there will be another on “Protection of civilians in armed conflict: Indispensable civilian objects”, scheduled for April 27.

Some of the participants in the UNSC open debate, held both virtually and in person on April 8 (Photo: VNA)
Participants at the UNSC open debate on “Mine action and sustaining peace: Stronger partnerships for better delivery” on April 8. Photo: VNA

Vietnam started a two-year UNSC non-permanent membership term on January 3 last year along with five other non-permanent members – Estonia, Niger, Tunisia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, VnExpress said.

For this term, Vietnam assumed the UNSC's rotating presidency for the first time in January, the second time it has done so.

The UNSC, one of the six principal organs of the UN, is charged with ensuring international peace and security, accepting new members to the UN and approving any changes to its charter.

Vietnam was a non-permanent member for the 2008-2009 term, and acted as the council’s president in July 2008 and October 2009.

Last January, Vietnam had for the second time in history become a non-permanent member of the UNSC after securing 192 out of a total of 193 votes, a record high number of votes. A candidate must secure at least two-thirds of all votes for a non-permanent seat in the council.

For the presidency, 15 member and non-member nations of the UNSC typically take turns to assume the post./.

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