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Vietnam attends 142nd IPU Assembly’s plenum

Rosie Nguyen Rosie Nguyen

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May 28, 2021 | 13:25

A delegation of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA) attended the opening of the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly via videoconference on May 26.

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The Vietnamese delegation attending the opening of the 142nd IPU Assembly. Photo: VNA

Vietnam attends the opening session of 142nd IPU Assembly

It is necessary to continue to promote the partnership between the International Parliamentary Union (IPU) and regional parliamentary organizations and international organizations in preventing and settling crises or emergencies like the Covid-19 pandemic, National Assembly (NA) Standing Vice Chairman Tran Thanh Man has said.

Addressing the virtual opening of the 142nd IPU Assembly on May 26, which is themed “Overcoming the pandemic today and building a better tomorrow: the role of parliaments,” Man suggested that the IPU should call on countries with advantages in Covid-19 vaccine production to support developing and pandemic-hit countries to gain fair and timely access to vaccine sources and modern medical equipment at reasonable prices, cited Vietnamnet.

Furthermore, member parliaments must urgently finalize national policies to respond to the Covid-19 pandemic, swiftly allocate budgets, whilst intensify government supervision and accountability when implementing schemes and crisis handling mechanisms to overcome the negative impact of the pandemic.

The Vietnamese delegation representing the NA also proposed that the World Health Organization and other countries promote partnerships and co-operation in technology transfer to boost vaccine production and training to improve the world’s Covid-19 response capacity, according to VOV.

Upon addressing the event, Tran Thanh Man, vice chairman of the NA, said from the outset of the pandemic, the country has taken a range of drastic, synchronous, and timely actions to enjoy the participation of the entire political system in the fight against Covid-19.

So far the nation has largely been able to contain the spread of the pandemic whilst maintaining stability and socio-economic development. These efforts have gained people's trust, support, and the appreciation of international friends, Man said.

In his opening remark, IPU President Duarte Pacheco said that the official opening of an IPU Assembly is a time when parliamentarians from around the world come together to share a common goal and commitment to inter-parliamentary dialogue and cooperation. This is also the moment when our values, ideas and aspirations converge into a strong impulse to strengthen peace and representative democracy, he said.

The IPU President called on all countries to make the most of the IPU, particularly in these troubled times, according to Vietnamnet.

Vietnam attends the closing session of 142nd IPU Assembly’s plenum

Vietnam attends 142nd IPU Assembly’s plenum
Vietnam's NA delegation attends a plenary session and the closing session of the 142nd International Parliamentary Union Assembly. Photo: VNA

Chairman of the National Assembly's Foreign Affairs Committee Vu Hai Ha led a delegation to attend a plenary session and the closing session of the 142nd International Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly, which were held via videoconference on May 27 evening under the chair of IPU President Duarte Pacheco.

During the plenary session, delegates continued discussing many issues related to the common theme of “Overcoming the pandemic today and building a better tomorrow: the role of parliaments”. The session also approved a resolution on parliamentary strategy to enhance peace and security against risks and conflicts posed by climate change-related disasters and their consequences, and a Resolution on integrating digitalization and circular economy to achieve sustainable development goals, especially responsible consumption and production.

Vietnam shared the call in the resolution for the IPU to strengthen cooperative relationships with member parliaments which are members of other organizations, including regional parliamentary organizations, to collect evidence and information on the circular economy, the environment and digitalization, and to develop a guiding framework for parliamentary actions, cited by VNA.

In addition, there should be economic and financial incentives to promote more sustainable goods and services.

At the closing session, delegates emphasized the importance and urgency of vaccination against Covid-19 globally, as well as the fair and equal access to vaccines, and ensuring human rights and continuing to promote the implementation of sustainable development goals in the context of the pandemic.

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