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ASEAN Week 2020 promotes ASEAN-Russia cooperation

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The ASEAN Week 2020, with a series of cultural, scientific and educational events, concluded on December 11, helping to strengthen ASEAN-Russia exchanges and cooperation.

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Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh  speaks at the international seminar on Russia-ASEAN relations in the context of a dynamic region 

The highlight of the virtual event was an international seminar on Russia-ASEAN relations in the context of a dynamic region, which was attended by more than 20 rapporteurs from Russia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, Singapore, Vietnam, Myanmar and Israel.

Addressing the event, which was hosted by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Russia, Vietnamese Ambassador to Russia Ngo Duc Manh affirmed Vietnam has successfully completed its role as the Chair of ASEAN 2020, as it proactively proposed and implemented many practical initiatives, contributing to solving fundamental, core and long-term issues of the region.

The diplomat emphasised that as the Chair of ASEAN 2020, Vietnam has contributed significantly to deepening the Russia-ASEAN strategic partnership, affirming that Russia and ASEAN have shared fundamental common interests and is facing new challenges in the region and around the world.
He spoke highly of Russia’s role and active participation in mechanisms where ASEAN plays a central role, such as the ASEAN Defence Ministers’ Meeting (ADMM) with dialogue partner countries (ADMM+), the East Asia Summit (EAS), and the ASEAN Regional Forum (ARF).

As the Chair of the ASEAN Moscow Committee, Manh called for stronger cooperation between Russia and ASEAN in the fields of energy, industry, high technology, financial services, agriculture and people-to-people exchange.

According to Dr. Ekaterina Koldunova, an expert from MGIMO, the ASEAN Week aimed to strengthen relationships between young people, experts and scholars from Russia and ASEAN countries.
This year’s event took place on the occasion of the 10th founding anniversary of the ASEAN Centre under MGIMO./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/asean-week-2020-promotes-asean-russia-cooperation-697201.html

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Việt Nam attends IPU’s virtual meeting on peace, security issues

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Vietnamese delegates at the meeting. Photo qdnd.vn

HÀ NỘI — Việt Nam has praised the efforts of the international community, including the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), in raising awareness and actions of parliaments, governments and people about peace and security issues caused by climate change, said permanent member of the Vietnamese National Assembly (NA)’s Committee for External Relations Lê Thu Hà.

She was speaking at a meeting of the IPU’s Standing Committee on Peace and Security held virtually in Geneva on Monday, with representatives from 35 countries taking part.

In order to improve the efficiency of multilateral cooperation, especially increasing the role of parliaments and the IPU in face of threats and conflicts related to climate change, the Vietnamese representative suggested parliaments continue maintaining strong political commitments and carry out specific actions in the spirit of respecting international law, making practical contributions to global agendas on climate change prevention for the world peace and security.

Việt Nam also highlighted the urgent need to provide support to developing countries to access financial resources, improve response capacity, develop new technologies and green energy, build effective and quality infrastructure in combination with generating jobs in adaptation to climate change.

Việt Nam believes that responding to climate change needs to be suitable to conditions of each country, and be integrated into national development strategies and plans on the basis of inclusive development and equality, placing the people at the centre, and further supporting the poor, disadvantaged people, women, and children. It is also necessary to have a national mechanism for monitoring and evaluating the implementation results and the improvement of climate change response capacity.

Parliaments of member countries need to make more effort to establish specific, synchronous and substantive policies and laws for their national and global climate change issues. Việt Nam suggested the IPU set up global initiatives and programmes on developing a low-emission economy to create a foundation for policy dialogue, experience sharing and capacity building for countries, as well as the conditions to encourage private investment in sectors with low greenhouse gas emissions.

The Vietnamese NA call for participating parliaments to urge their governments to fulfil their post-2020 responsibility in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and making financial contributions, if they have yet to complete the mission; and to conduct post-2020 obligations.

The NA also recommended parliaments actively restore economic development and relief activities to help those severely affected by climate change, ensuring that no one is left behind. Also needed is the transformation of development models towards low carbon emissions to ensure sustainable recovery and create new jobs for workers via the promotion of digital transformation, renewable energy, smart agriculture, smart transportation and the establishment of a circular economy.

Participants at the event also adopted a resolution on parliamentary policy to improve peace and security against threats and conflicts caused by climate change and natural disasters. —

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/951558/viet-nam-attends-ipus-virtual-meeting-on-peace-security-issues.html

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Việt Nam calls for use of emerging technologies for correct purposes

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Ambassador Phạm Hải Anh, deputy head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations. VNA. Photo

HÀ NỘI — Ambassador Phạm Hải Anh, deputy head of the Vietnamese mission to the United Nations, called for the use of emerging technologies for the correct purposes at the UN Security Council (UNSC)’s video meeting on ‘The Impact of Emerging Technologies on International Peace and Security’ on Monday.

Addressing the event, which was initiated by the Permanent Missions of China and Egypt, Kenya, Mexico, South Africa and the UAE to the UN, the Vietnamese diplomat said emerging technologies helped promote co-operation and development, and contributed to tackling pressing global issues such as climate change, renewable energy, disease prevention, terrorism and food security.

The UNSC had used emerging technologies such as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to protect civilians and ensure security and safety for peacekeepers in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Central Africa, and Mali, as well as investigate IS crimes in Iraq, he said.

The research, development and use of new technologies must be for the purposes of peace and development of mankind, in line with international law, the UN Charter, and meet the interests of developing countries, he stressed. 

To achieve these goals, countries needed a comprehensive, transparent and constructive approach at all UN forums, he said.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/951588/viet-nam-calls-for-use-of-emerging-technologies-for-correct-purposes.html

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Election preparations ready for voters to go to the polls

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Preparations have been completed in all constituencies nationwide for over 69 million voters to elect deputies to the 15th National Assembly (NA) and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021 – 2026 tenure on May 23.

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Posters on the elections of deputies to the 15th NA and all-level People’s Councils for the 2021-2026 tenure (Photo: VNA)

In its report, the Government noted that despite complicated and unpredictable COVID-19 developments, thanks to the drastic and timely directions and the close coordination between the National Election Council, the NA Standing Committee, the Government, the Prime Minister, the Vietnam Fatherland Front Central Committee, and local Party committees and authorities, election preparations have been carried out in conformity with the Politburo’s directions and legal regulations.

Minister of Home Affairs Pham Thi Thanh Tra said to gear up for the elections, organisations in charge of the voting have been set up in localities, with 63 election committees at the provincial level, 682 others at the district level, and 10,134 at the communal level.

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Police officers of Hanoi’s Ba Dinh district check the preparations for the elections (Photo: VNA)

As many as 84,767 election groups have been established in constituencies across the country. Localities’ data show that there are 69,198,594 voters in the coming elections.

Meanwhile, the official list of candidates in the NA election consists of 866 people, including 203 from central agencies, 663 from localities, and nine self-nominated. The new parliament will have 500 deputies.

There are 6,201 candidates in the election of deputies to provincial-level People’s Councils, including 18 self-nominated. Among them, 3,727 are set to be selected.

So far, the National Election Council has agreed to early voting in some constituencies with certain disadvantages in 15 provincial-level localities, namely Hai Phong, Can Tho, Ca Mau, Quang Binh, Khanh Hoa, Quang Nam, Ba Ria – Vung Tau, Binh Dinh, Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Kon Tum, Hau Giang, Kien Giang, Nghe An, and Bac Lieu./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/election-preparations-ready-for-voters-to-go-to-the-polls-737743.html

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