UN Affirms to Stand Side By Side With Vietnam in Covid-19 Fight

UN organisations in Vietnam will prioritise cooperating with the country in combating COVID-19 and promoting the transfer of vaccine production technology, affirmed UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra in the meeting with President Nguyen Xuan Phuc in Hanoi on August 12.
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Receiving outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malholta in Hanoi on August 12, State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) expects UN organisations will provide additional assistance to Vietnam, especially in the ongoing COVID-19 fight.
State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (R) hosting outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra in Hanoi on August 12. Photo:VOV

Outgoing UN Resident Coordinator Kamal Malholta made the affirmation at a reception hosted by State President Nguyen Xuan Phuc, in Hanoi on August 12. Vietnam has been and will continue to be an active member of the international community and the United Nations (UN), affirmed President Nguyen Xuan Phuc during the meeting.

The President stated Vietnam will continue to make proactive and responsible contribution to the UN Security Council, join UN peacekeeping activities, and step up the implementation of UN sustainable development goals and climate-change commitments under the Paris Agreement.

He added the country will run for a seat in the UN Human Rights Council for the 2023 – 2025 tenure.

Phuc stated Vietnam treasures UN organisations’ valuable support and cooperation over the past more than four decades, and appreciates their active role in helping the nation respond to COVID-19. He asked the UN to continue giving Vietnam timely policy advice as well as technical and financial support, according to the Vietnamplus.

The State leader reiterated that Vietnam attaches importance to multilateralism and international law and backs the UN in promoting its central role in boosting solidarity and collaboration among nations to tackle global challenges, sustain international peace and security, and foster prosperity.

For his part, Malhotra thanked Vietnamese public agencies and sectors for their assistance for UN organisations and himself. He affirmed UN organisations in Vietnam want to help the nation carry out its domestic development priorities and promote its role and position in the global stage.

He said that the highest priority of UN organisations now is to support Vietnam’s COVID-19 response, especially in accessing vaccine through the COVAX Facility and in the transfer of vaccine production technologies so that Vietnam can be self-sufficient in this regard.

He said the COVAX Facility has so far provided with Vietnam with nearly 10 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines, making up the largest amount of vaccines the country has received from different sources.

President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) hosts outgoing UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra in Hanoi on August 12. (Photo: VNA)
President Nguyen Xuan Phuc (right) and UN Resident Coordinator in Vietnam Kamal Malhotra (left). (Photo: VNA)

UN agencies will continue to lobby other countries and/or organisations for more vaccines to Vietnam channeled through COVAX, he told Phuc.

Malhotra recommended that Vietnam vaccinate as many people as possible, with priority to be given to groups of people over 65 years old and those with underlying diseases.

The outgoing UN Resident Coordinator thanked Vietnamese ministries, agencies and localities for their close coordination with him during his working term, and vowed to continue supporting Vietnam in the future.

For his part, President Phuc congratulated Malhotra on successfully completing his term of office in Vietnam, and affirmed that Vietnam appreciates the valuable support, companion and cooperation of UN organizations for Vietnam over the past decades.

He highly appreciated UN organizations’ active role in supporting Vietnam in responding to the COVID-19 pandemic through various forms, from research and assessment of the socio-economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, to policy advice, especially their participation in campaigning for vaccines for the country.

The President suggested that in the coming time the UN continue to provide timely policy advice and financial and technical support to Vietnam, with a primary focus on transforming its growth model, in order to realize the country’s development orientations.

On this occasion, President Phuc reaffirmed that Vietnam attaches great importance to multilateralism and international law and supports the United Nations’ central role in promoting international solidarity and cooperation to address global challenges, maintain peace and security, and achieve world prosperity.

Vietnam will continue to be an active member of the international community and the United Nations, actively and responsibly contribute to the UN Security Council, and participate in UN peacekeeping missions, while promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, said Phuc.

Top legislator's reception

NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and the UN Resident Coordinator.
NA Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue and the UN Resident Coordinator.

The same day, National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue received the outgoing UN Resident Coordinator, reported the VOV.

Vietnam has an increasingly important role and voice in the UN thanks to its active and responsible participation in and contribution to common affairs of the international community and the UN, Malhotra stated, adding that UN organisations will continue to support and accompany the country in its national development cause.

National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue has expressed his hope that the United Nations (UN) will further support Vietnam in COVID-19 combat and post-pandemic socio-economic recovery at a reception for Malhotra in Ha Noi the same day.

He thanked Malhotra for his contributions and support to Vietnam over the past 32 years.

For his part, Malhotra affirmed that the UN always stands side by side with Vietnam in many major activities, as well as regional and international events.

The UN has helped the Southeast Asian nation not only in development but also in enhancing its position in the international arena, and closely coordinated with its legislative body.

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