Vietnamese NA Chairman Meets with IPU President

National Assembly (NA) Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue met with President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarta Pacheco in Vienna on September 6 (local time) as part of his trip to Austria to attend the fifth World Conference of Speakers of Parliament (WCSP5)
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At the meeting, the IPU President expressed his impression on the organisation of the 132nd IPU General Assembly in Hanoi, saying this was a great success of the IPU. He highly valued the contributions of the National Assembly of Vietnam when chairing and coordinating with the IPU in the adoption of the 2015 Hanoi Declaration “The Sustainable Development Goals: Turning Words into Actions”.

NA Chairman Hue affirmed that attending IPU activities is an important task in Vietnam's multilateral parliamentary diplomacy in order to promote and protect its interests as well as express the country's views on global concerns, contributing to raising the position of the Vietnamese legislature in particular and Vietnam in general in the international arena, VNA reported.

Vietnamese NA Chairman Meets with IPU President
National Assembly Chairman Vuong Dinh Hue (L) meets with President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Duarta Pacheco. Photo: VNA

It offers opportunities for the Vietnamese NA to access operational experiences and good practices of parliaments around the world in order to improve the quality and efficiency of its activities, he noted.

Hue informed that the National Assembly of Vietnam has actively participated in promoting the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), passing laws, verifying and ratifying relevant international conventions and treaties, and approving national strategies and budgets for target programmes related to sustainable development.

In particular, it has promptly adopted a resolution to create a legal framework for the Government to proactively implement COVID-19 prevention and control measures, he added.

The top Vietnamese legislator made three proposals for the IPU to become an even more effective organisation. They are actively promoting initiatives to innovate operations, enhance the role of the IPU in current international affairs, and further develop the partnership between the IPU and the United Nations (UN), thus ensuring the common interests of member parliaments; contributing to developing world parliamentary diplomacy and strengthening multilateral cooperation; and hastening the implementation of a tripartite cooperation project between member parliaments, the IPU and the UN to support and create conditions for the National Assembly of Vietnam to integrate more deeply into the activities of international organisations, especially in such matters as sustainable development, poverty reduction, post-pandemic economic recovery and development.

Vietnamese NA Chairman Meets with IPU President

The two leaders exchange views to improve the quality and efficiency of the IPU's operations. Photo: VOV

The NA Chairman said that Vietnam is willing to host symposiums at the request of the IPU, considering this an opportunity to both support the IPU and improve its international cooperation capacity.

Expressing his consent with the proposals, IPU President Duarta Pacheco affirmed his willingness to come to Hanoi to discuss in detail the implementation of Vietnam's initiatives, including the organisation of regional symposiums and conferences on SDGs and economic recovery, and a global conference of young parliamentarians between IPU general assemblies.

The two sides agreed that the IPU has been operating actively and effectively as well as made many contributions to inter-parliamentary cooperation and multilateral diplomacy over the past 130 years. In the coming time, member parliaments should actively propose and promote initiatives to innovate the IPU's activities, especially further developing the IPU-UN partnership.

The COVID-19 pandemic has showed the fact that no single country, developed or developing, can solve global problems by its own and multilateral cooperation remains the best way, including through parliamentary channels, they said, affirming that all parliaments need to work together and put their trust in the IPU to build a better world.

In May, a delegation of NA also attended the opening and closing of the 142nd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Assembly via videoconference.

As reported by VOV, 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.

In his opening remark, 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.

Vietnamese NA Chairman Meets with IPU President
Vietnam's NA delegation attends a plenary session and the closing session of the 142nd International Parliamentary Union Assembly. Photo: VNA

Meanwhile, 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.

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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