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Ambassador stresses Vietnam’s policy of promoting women’s role

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Vietnam’s permanent delegation to the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) in Paris has attended the virtual launch of the Paris Hub of the International Gender Champions (IGC), 

during which Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van stressed Vietnam’s consistent commitment to promoting women’s role and potential.

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Ambassador Le Thi Hong Van, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO, attends the virtual conference (Photo: VNA)

Those present at the event included Secretary-General of the International Organisation of La Francophonie Louise Mushikiwabo, Secretary-General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) Martin Chungong, UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay, Secretary-General of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Angel Gurria, Secretary-General of the Generation Equality Forum Delphine O, along with ambassadors and permanent representatives of countries.

Participants shared the view that the COVID-19 pandemic with unprecedented impacts has been worsening inequality, undermining the achievements in narrowing the gender gap in recent years, and posing many challenges to women such as job losses, the digital and gender leadership gap widened in both the state and private sectors, gender-based violence, and the shortage of resources for women empowerment programmes.

They held that it is necessary to have an overall approach that closely associates gender equality with social progress and growth for sustainable, inclusive and resilient development. Women and girls should be placed at the centre of socio-economic recovery solutions in the face of the pandemic.

At present, every resource needs to be prioritised for promoting women’s power, especially economic power, mainstreaming the gender perspective into policies, guaranteeing women’s participation and leadership in all social aspects, and connecting efforts and mechanisms in each country and region with efforts by the entire world, they said.

With the Paris IGC Hub’s establishment, the delegates strongly affirmed the commitment and efforts to boost gender equality via increasing international cooperation, exchanging experience, devising measures, and attracting resources necessary for promoting women’s role and contributions.

Addressing the event, Ambassador Van, Permanent Representative of Vietnam to UNESCO, highlighted the county’s consistent policy of bringing into full play women’s role and huge potential in national development and defence, raising women’s position, and bolstering gender equality in all areas, from politics and economy to culture and society.

She also noted the initiatives and efforts by Vietnam, as Chair of ASEAN in 2020, a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for 2020-2021, and Chair of the 41st General Assembly of the ASEAN Inter-Parliamentary Assembly (AIPA), to foster cooperation in promoting gender equality and women empowerment, which could be seen in the successful organisation of the first ASEAN Women Leaders’ Summit, the ASEAN Ministerial Dialogue on Strengthening Women’s Role for Sustainable Peace and Security, and the International Conference on Women, Peace and Security.

The important outcomes of those activities have helped step up international efforts in the promotion of gender equality in 2020, which marked the 20th anniversary of the UN Security Council’s Resolution 1325 on women, peace and security, and also the 25th anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, Van added.

At the meeting, participants highly valued Vietnam’s active and proactive contributions, as well as its growing stature in the international arena.

The IGC is a leadership network that brings together leaders of international organisations, permanent delegations, and research institutes. Founded in Geneva in 2015, it has been expanded with hubs in New York, Vienna, Nairobi, and The Hague. The Paris IGC Hub initiative was proposed at the Paris Peace Forum in 2019./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/ambassador-stresses-vietnam-s-policy-of-promoting-women-s-role-713799.html

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Vietnamese foreign minister proposes Switzerland continue with vaccine assistance

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Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn (right) and Switzerland’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis attend a press conference after their talks on Thursday. — VNA/ Photo
 

HÀ NỘI — Vietnamese Minister of Foreign Affairs Bùi Thanh Sơn proposed Switzerland continue to assist Việt Nam in accessing to COVID-19 vaccine supply, treatment drugs and necessary medical equipment during his talks with Switzerland’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis on Thursday.

Welcoming the guest to Việt Nam, minister Sơn said the visit, which was made to mark the 50th anniversary of diplomatic relations between the two countries, would contribute to promoting stronger bilateral relations.

The two foreign ministers noted that Việt Nam-Switzerland relations are developing well in various fields including outstanding achievements in the 30-year implementation of the Swiss development co-operation programme with Việt Nam which Switzerland has provided assistance of US$662.5 million for Việt Nam.

The Vietnamese foreign minister thanked the Swiss Government for continuing to prioritise Official Development Assistance to Vietnam in the future, focusing mainly on environmental protection and economic reform.

According to Việt Nam’s General Department of Customs, the total import and export turnover between the two countries in 2020 and during 2016-18 period remained at about US$1 billion. The import value always reached nearly $1 billion, which was almost 1.5 to 2 times higher than the export value.

The two ministers discussed orientations to foster co-operation in politics – diplomacy, economy, investment, trade, science-technology, education and training.

They agreed to increase delegation and high-level exchanges between ministries, sectors and localities, deepening mutual understanding and trust, and promoting substantive cooperation for the post-COVID-19 period.

The two sides said they would create a favourable environment for enterprises of the two countries to expand investment and business in each other’s markets, and share efforts to soon conclude the negotiation of the Free Trade Agreement between Việt Nam and the European Free Trade Association (EFTA) in order to create a strong impetus for bilateral trade and investment exchanges.

On behalf of the Vietnamese Government, foreign minister Sơn thanked the Switzerland Federal Department of Foreign Affairs for donating 500,000 quick COVID test kits, about 300,000 antibacterial masks and 30 oxygen machines with a total value of about VNĐ117 billion to Việt Nam.

Sơn said the presents were an extremely valuable and timely support for Việt Nam.

Vice president Ignazio Cassis believed that Việt Nam will soon recover from the pandemic and agreed that the two countries need to continue to share experiences in COVID prevention as well as roadmap of opening up and recovering the economy.

He said the two countries need to strengthen bilateral cooperation in healthcare, especially the technology transfer of COVID vaccines and treatment drugs.

Also at the talks, the two officials agreed to continue co-operation and strengthen mutual support at multilateral forums and international organisations, including ASEAN and the United Nations.

The Swiss foreign minister affirmed his support for ASEAN’s central role in regional structures and thanked Việt Nam for acting as a bridge to bolster Switzerland-ASEAN partnership.

The two ministers emphasised the importance of complying with international laws, ensuring freedom of navigation, overflight, security and peace in the East Sea, in which the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) is the legal framework governing all activities at seas.

Minister Sơn proposed the Swiss Government continue to create favourable conditions for the Vietnamese community in Switzerland to integrate well, contribute positively to the Swiss development and to strengthening the friendship and co-operation between the two countries.

The same day Switzerland’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Ignazio Cassis greeted Vietnamese vice president Võ Thị Ánh Xuân and met with Vietnamese Prime Minister Phạm Minh Chính. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1004376/vietnamese-foreign-minister-proposes-switzerland-continue-with-vaccine-assistance.html

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Việt Nam denounces China’s military drill in Hoàng Sa islands

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Spokesperson for the foreign ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng. — Photo from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam on Thursday condemned China’s newly announced military drill near its Hoàng Sa (Paracels) archipelago as a serious violation of the country’s sovereignty.

Spokesperson for the foreign ministry Lê Thị Thu Hằng made the comment during the press briefing in Hà Nội, in response to a military drill held between August 6-10 in the northern part of the South China Sea (known in Việt Nam as the East Sea) between Hainan island and Paracel islands by unspecified arms/units of the People’s Liberation Army.

“As constantly reiterated, Việt Nam has sufficient legal grounds and historical evidence proving its sovereignty over Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa (Spratly) islands, in line with international law,” Hằng said.

The area marked for exercise covers 100,000 sq.km of water, including large parts of Hoàng Sa islands which belong to Việt Nam but much of it has currently been under China’s control after a violent seizure by Chinese forces back in the 1970s.

“China’s military exercise in the Hoàng Sa islands area constitute a serious violation of Việt Nam’s sovereignty, go against the Declaration on the Conduct of Parties in the South China Sea, complicating the situation and is not helpful to either the ongoing negotiations between China and ASEAN on the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea nor the maintenance of peace and cooperation in the South China Sea,” the Vietnamese diplomat said.

“Việt Nam asks that China respects Việt Nam’s sovereignty over the Hoàng Sa and Trường Sa islands, put an end to the act and not to repeat offences of similar nature that complicates the situation in the South China Sea,” the spokesperson stressed.

The exercise came as the ASEAN Foreign Ministers Meeting and related meetings are still ongoing, while Chinese top diplomat Wang Yi has insisted during a ASEAN-China session on Tuesday that the two sides have maintained “a stable situation in general and freedom of navigation and overflight have been protected by the law.”

He also called for vigilance against “some countries outside the region” that have become “biggest disruptors” in the sea in thinly veiled criticism of other international actors such as the US or EU in defiance of China’s vast claims of the resource-rich sea.

Regarding India’s announcement of sending four warships to the South China Sea to participate in multilateral and bilateral exercises, including with Việt Nam, the spokesperson said Việt Nam’s consistent policy is that its maritime activities of countries inside and outside the region need to strictly comply with the provisions of the 1982 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Any activity should make responsible contributions to the maintenance of peace, stability, security and safety, order, rules of law, and cooperation at sea for the sake of common interests, in line with the aspirations of countries in the region and the international community, the Vietnamese diplomat noted. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1004353/viet-nam-denounces-chinas-military-drill-in-hoang-sa-islands.html

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President Phúc to visit Laos

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State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc. VNA/ Photo

HÀ NỘI — State President Nguyễn Xuân Phúc and his spouse will pay an official visit to Laos from August 9-10.

The spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Lê Thị Thu Hằng made the announcement on Thursday in Hà Nội.

During the visit, he will hold talks with General Secretary of the Lao People’s Revolutionary Party Central Committee and President of Laos Thongloun Sisoulith, Prime Minister Phankham Viphavanh and President of the National Assembly (NA) Xaysomphone Phomvihane and a number of Laos former and current high-level leaders.

The president will deliver remarks at the first session of the 9th NA of Laos, and at the inauguration ceremony of the NA building and attend other important activities, the spokesperson said.

Both sides will discuss measures to add weight and substance to the great friendship, special solidarity and comprehensive cooperation between Việt Nam and Laos, bringing forward the substantive benefits for the two countries’ people, she said —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/1004298/president-phuc-to-visit-laos.html

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