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AICHR convenes second Special Meeting this year

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The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its second Special Meeting via video conference from November 23 to 25. — VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — The ASEAN Intergovernmental Commission on Human Rights (AICHR) convened its second Special Meeting via video conference from Monday to Wednesday, the last official meeting chaired by Việt Nam in its capacity as AICHR Chair 2020.

The meeting brought together representatives of the AICHR from ASEAN member states and the ASEAN Secretariat to review co-operation between stakeholders and results in 2020, while also discussing plans for 2021 and preparations for a meeting between the AICHIR and partners.

The meeting reviewed eight concept papers on activities being implemented in 2019-2021, 19 priority activities for 2014-20, and seven AICHR regional studies. Member states greatly appreciated the AICHR’s efforts during COVID-19 to maintain co-operation and implement priorities to further promote and protect human rights in the region and respond to the impacts of the pandemic.

Representatives discussed and agreed on the content of the Guidelines on the AICHR’s External Relations, which is fundamental to fostering consultation and co-operation between the commission and its partners and guarantees the principles of consensus and ASEAN’s centrality in such matters.

In her remarks as Chair of AICHR 2020, Vietnamese Ambassador Nguyễn Thái Yên Hương underscored the importance of the implementation of agendas and co-operation on the promotion and protection of human rights within ASEAN.

She welcomed active co-ordination between member states in drafting and adopting the AICHR Five Year Work Plan 2021-2025, AICHR Priority Programmes and Activities 2021, and Guidelines on the AICHR’s External Relations.

Việt Nam, as Chair of AICHR and ASEAN this year, has worked with other member states to strengthen the region’s cohesiveness and responsiveness to the impact of COVID-19 and accelerate the progress of the AICHR’s regional co-operation in human rights, Huong said.

Representatives from ASEAN member states also spoke highly of Việt Nam’s role as ASEAN Chair 2020 in leading the AICHR during a time of hardship. They pledged to step up the AICHR’s work with regional and international human rights mechanisms.

They highlighted the relevance of this year’s ASEAN Chairmanship theme ‘Cohesive and Responsive’, which was dedicated to maintaining the grouping’s solidarity, unity, and partnership and responding to the impacts of COVID-19 in the areas of the economy, and social welfare and human rights.

On the sidelines of the meeting, the AICHR held online meetings with representatives from the UN, the EU, Switzerland, and the International Committee of the Red Cross, to exchange experience in issues of mutual interest, such as humanitarian assistance, the promotion of gender equality, the protection of the rights of women, children, migrant workers and vulnerable groups, and the incorporation of human rights and the environment, particularly in disasters and pandemics.

The meeting saw Việt Nam hand over the AICHR Chairmanship to Brunei for 2021. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/813741/aichr-convenes-second-special-meeting-this-year.html

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Vietnam ready for 13th Party Congress

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Vietnam has made an impression on the international community as a safe country with great economic potential, and its success in controlling the COVID-19 pandemic and maintaining economic growth has been miraculous, a Japanese expert has said.

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Addressing the event, Head of the Party Central Commission for External Relations Hoang Binh Quan stressed the significance of the 13th National Party Congress in the development of the Party and the country. The Party Central Committee, Politburo and Secretariat are strictly supervising all the preparations for the event.

The political report submitted to the upcoming Congress sets out the overall objectives, which are: to enhance the Party’s leadership, ruling capacity and combativeness; build a clean and strong Party and political system in all aspects; to consolidate people’s trust in the Party, State and the socialist system; to promote innovations, the willpower and aspirations for developments and the great all-nation unity strength, combined with the strength of the time; to push forward in a comprehensive and concerted manner the Doi Moi undertaking, national industrialisation and modernisation, rapid and sustainable development of the nation; to firmly defend the Homeland, maintain peace and stability; to strive for our country to become a socialist-oriented developed nation by mid-21st century.

Plenum completes preparation for Party Congress

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The 15th plenum of the Party Central Committee wrapped up on January 17 after completing all the contents of its agenda.  

At the plenum, the last of the 12th tenure, the Committee discussed and passed the lists of first-time nominees and the special cases to the Committee of the coming 13th tenure, as well as that of the nominees to the key leading positions of the Party and the State, among others.

Speaking at the closing ceremony, Party General Secretary and State President Nguyen Phu Trong stressed that the current Committee has weathered all the difficulties and completed the working agenda, leading the whole Party, people and army to very important achievements, leaving deep imprints and creating new trust and driving forces to bring the country into a new development period.

The leader asked the Committee members to continue bringing into play their sense of solidarity and responsibility in finishing the remaining work, and working as nucleuses so as to ensure the coming Congress a fine success that meets the expectation and hope of the whole Party and people./.

Vietnam ready for 13th Party Congress

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-ready-for-13th-party-congress-706541.html

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Communications work for 13th National Party Congress prepared thoroughly: official

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The communications work for the upcoming 13th National Party Congress has been prepared thoroughly and specifically, Le Manh Hung, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, has said.

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Le Manh Hung, Vice Chairman of the Party Central Committee’s Commission for Information and Education, and director of the press centre for the 13th National Party Congress (Photo: VNA)

In an interview granted to the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) on January 18, Hung, who is also director of the press centre for the 13th National Party Congress, said the communication work has been carried out through the media and at all-level agencies and localities, covering events after, during and before the congress.

The official highlighted the role played by press agencies in disseminating information about the congress, scheduled to take place from January 25 to February 2, as well as major achievements the country has recorded over the past time.

Regarding preparations for the press centre, Hung said they have been basically completed, adding the centre has outlined specific programmes and scenarios for journalists.

The centre has been equipped well in terms of technology, internet and equipment to serve domestic and foreign reporters.

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Hanoi streets decorated to welcome 13th National Party Congress. (Photo: VNA)

Nearly 500 domestic reporters and technicians, and more than 60 resident correspondents, editors and technicians of foreign news agencies have registered to work at the press centre. More than 60 others will cover the congress online.

All reporters present at the centre will undergo COVID-19 testing, at the request of organisers.

According to Hung, the organisers invited foreign journalists to attend press conferences virtually due to the impact of the COVID-19.

The press centre is to be opened at the National Convention Centre in Hanoi on January 22./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/communications-work-for-13th-national-party-congress-prepared-thoroughly-official-706539.html

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Preparations underway for upcoming elections

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NA Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân speaks at the meeting. —VNA/ Photo 

HÀ NỘI — Joint efforts have been made to prepare for the upcoming elections, a meeting of the National Election Council (NEC) in Hà Nội on Monday was told.

It was reported at the second meeting of the NEC that the council has teamed up with the NA Standing Board, the Government and the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee in the preparation work.

As of January 14, the issuance of documents regarding the elections of deputies to the 15th legislature, and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure has been completed.

Efforts have been made to ensure security and safety for the elections, according to chief of the office of the NEC Nguyễn Hạnh Phúc. Meanwhile, election committees have been set up swiftly in localities.

The council agreed that an online national conference implementing the election work will take place on January 21.

NA Chairwoman Nguyễn Thị Kim Ngân, also chair of the NEC, asked the council’s sub-committees and office to promptly completed documents and provide advice for the council in this regard. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/858727/preparations-underway-for-upcoming-elections.html

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