Vietnam Elected as Vice-President of 77th Session of UN General Assembly

Vietnam was elected by acclamation on June 7 as one of the Vice-Presidents of the 77th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) for the period 2022-2023.
June 09, 2022 | 08:12
Vietnam Elected as Vice-President of 77th Session of UN General Assembly
An overview of the meeting. Photo: VNA

Vietnam has been elected as one of the Vice Presidents of the United Nations (UN) General Assembly’s 77th session, representing the Asia-Pacific region, reported VNA.

The country will perform its responsibility within one year from September 13.

At a meeting on June 7 (New York time), the UN General Assembly also elected Ambassador Csaba Korosi from Hungary as the 77th President of the UN General Assembly, replacing Abdulla Shahid, Maldivian, President of the 76th UN General Assembly.

Established in 1945 under the Charter of the United Nations, the General Assembly occupies a central position as the chief deliberative, policymaking and representative organ of the United Nations. Comprised of all 193 Members of the United Nations, it provides a unique forum for multilateral discussion of the full spectrum of international issues covered by the Charter. It also plays a significant role in the process of standard-setting and the codification of international law.

The newly-elected General Assembly President to the UN highlighted that "the General Assembly under 77th session will remain very vigilant and looking forward to how to bring about peace, reconciliation, and reconstruction" once the conflict concludes.

He considers that "there are many actors who are trying now how to bring the sides together." The UN's top official urged to "bring about peace, stability in this very important part of the world."

The Hungarian diplomat Korosi had previously served as Vice President of the UN General Assembly during the period of 2011-to 2012. He also was involved in diplomatic missions in Libya as an envoy to the organization, as well as for the UAE, Israel, and Greece.

Other countries elected as Vice Presidents of the 77th UN General Assembly are Benin, Burundi, Kenya, Mauritania, Niger, Zimbabwe (Africa), Malaysia, Nepal, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan (Asia-Pacific), Chile, El Salvador, Jamaica (Latin America), Estonia (Eatern Europe), Israel, Australia (Western Europe and others).

Vietnam Elected as Vice-President of 77th Session of UN General Assembly
Csaba Korosi, the newly-elected General Assembly President to the UN. Photo: Xinhua/VNA

During its 45-year membership of the UN, Vietnam has shouldered many great responsibilities and made many substantial and effective contributions to the largest multilateral organisation on the planet.

As one of the Vice Presidents of the UNGA’s 77th session, Vietnam can bring into play its role in handling differences among countries and promoting consensus on the UNGA’s decisions, Do Hung Viet, director of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs’ Department of International Organisations and assistant to the Foreign Minister said.

Talking to the press, Viet highlighted Vietnam’s biggest advantage when serving in this post is the prestige it has built up in the recent past, which can be seen in the international community and activities of the UN.

The country recently fulfilled its role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council and is currently a member of the International Law Commission, the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the Executive Board of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), and the Postal Operations Council of the Universal Postal Union.

Another advantage is its trained and experienced personnel who have performed duties at many mechanisms and forums, especially the recent tenure at the UN Security Council. They also have strong support from the homeland, including the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other ministries and sectors, so as to confidently chair activities of the UNGA in the time ahead, according to Viet.

As one of the UNGA Vice Presidents, Vietnam will join the President and other Vice Presidents in chairing UNGA activities.

It will help promote and organise high-level events and others of the UNGA while chairing the building of UNGA documents and initiatives. It can also bring into play its role in ironing out differences among countries and create consensus about the UNGA’s decisions, he elaborated.

Vietnam’s target is to continue its active, proactive, and comprehensive engagement in such fields as promoting international peace and security, disarmament, the building of a new UN agenda for peace, and the peaceful settlement of international disputes.

Other focal areas include the implementation of international commitments on sustainable development, the settlement of common challenges like epidemics, climate change, and environmental pollution, and the facilitation of green transition and digital transformation.

In particular, as a representative of the Asia-Pacific region and developing countries, Vietnam will highlight the demand for international cooperation to provide technological resources for developing nations, the official said.

Vietnam is planning and running for membership of some international mechanisms, including the UN Human Rights Council, he added, expressing his hope that the UNGA Vice Presidency will create momentum for the country to hold important positions in other UN mechanisms.

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