Vietnam attends ESCAP’s 74th session in Bangkok
Updated : Wednesday, May 16, 2018 9:02 AM (GMT+0700)

DeputyForeign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc has led a Vietnamese delegation to the 74thsession of the Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific (ESCAP),which is taking place in Bangkok, Thailand, on May 11-16.

Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc attends the event - Photo: VNA

The event, themed“Inequality in the era of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development”,attracted more than 500 delegates from member countries, United Nations (UN)agencies, non-governmental and international organisations and embassies.

Speaking at a discussionrelating to policies to address inequality in Asia-Pacific, Ngoc said to dealwith this issue, it is necessary to maintain a peaceful and stable environmentbased on international law.

High political determinationis essential to improve institutions and policies and turn the viewpoint ofsustainable development into a long-term and regular orientation as well asintegrating Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into all nationalpeople-centered strategies and programmes, he stressed.

He called on nations toincrease investment in human resources and underdeveloped sectors whileimproving the management quality of public investment to bring benefits forpeople, especially those living under the poverty line.

He also emphasised theimportance of the enhancement of global partnership for sustainabledevelopment, in which the UN and international organisations play the promotingand coordinating role while developed countries will support developing nationsin improving capacity, transferring technology, facilitating trade, and accessingcapital sources to realise the UN SDGs.

Ngoc highlighted Vietnam’sconcerted efforts to reform administrative procedures and fine-tune legalinstitutions, creating favourable environment for all organisations andindividuals.

The Southeast Asian countryhas also built a national plan to implement the SDGs and a national programmeon sustainable property reduction and new-style rural areas building for the2016-2020 period in order to narrow gaps between residents in urban and ruralareas and help disadvantaged people gain access to preferential credit packagesand enjoy social welfares policies, he said.

While discussing themultilateralism in Asia-Pacific, Ngoc said no single country could addressglobal issues without multilateral approach.

Multilateralism andcooperation are key factors to build an Asia-Pacific region of peace,stability, and prosperity, he said, adding that the region should promoterules-based multilateralism and support equal development of global economicadministration and open multilateral trade system.

He affirmed the approval ofthe Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP) isconsidered a remarkable effort of the 11 countries, including Vietnam, inpromoting a free, open, equal, transparent, and comprehensive multilateraltrade system in the region.

Vietnam is committed tocoordinating closely with members of the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation(APEC) Forum to implement programmes strengthening regional economicintegration, promoting economic, financial and social development, anddeveloping human resources in the digital era.

On the sidelines of the 74thsession of the ESCAP, Deputy Foreign Minister Ha Kim Ngoc had separate meetingswith heads of delegations from Afghanistan, Armenia, Fiji, Nauru, Papua NewGuinea and Vanuatu to discuss stronger cooperation in the fields of politics,diplomacy, economy and trade as well as seek their support for Vietnam tobecome a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council in the 2020-2021tenure.


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