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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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Vietnamese ambassador runs for re-election to International Law Commission

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In 2016, Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected as an International Law Commission (ILC) member.

Vietnam’s permanent missions to the United Nations (UN) in New York and Geneva have recently sent diplomatic notes to the UN and countries informing the candidacy of Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao to the International Law Commission (ILC) for the 2023-2027 tenure, marking the official start of the Vietnamese candidate’s campaign for re-election to the UN’s important law organ.

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Ambassador Nguyen Hong Thao (Photo: VNA)

In 2016, Ambassador Thao became the first Vietnamese to be elected as an ILC member. During the 2017-2022 tenure, he actively promoted ILC’s research results, delivered speeches and joined discussions at the ILC.

He also helped express developing nations’ interest in new and non-traditional topics, and actively joined in discussions on topics such as protection of the atmosphere and environmental protection in armed conflicts. Most notably, he strongly supported the ILC’s research on rising seawater level and the addition of the issue to the committee’s long-term working agenda.

With an in-depth knowledge about laws on the sea and the environment, he made significant contributions to the first report of the research group on rising sea level in relation to international law last year. 

Apart from valuable professional contributions, Thao also played a role in fostering connections and ties among ILC members to promote exchange between legal researchers and practitioners of international law at home and abroad. He was also speakers at many universities and prestigious seminars in the region. In 2018, he was elected as the second Vice Chairman of the ILC on the occasion of its 70th founding anniversary.

With dedication to the progress of international law, he was nominated for a seat at the ILC for the 2023-2027 tenure, becoming one of the 10 candidates of the Asia-Pacific. The ILC election will take place in New York in November 2021.

Ambassador Thao is a senior Vietnamese diplomat with 40 years of experience. He earned a doctorate degree on law from the University of Paris 1 Pantheon-Sorbonne and is now also teaching international law at the Diplomatic Academy of Vietnam./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnamese-ambassador-runs-for-re-election-to-international-law-commission-715583.html

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Vietnam considers reopening repatriation flights

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Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

The Vietnamese Ministry of Foreign Affairs is working with relevant ministries, sectors, localities and offices to make plans to repatriate Vietnamese citizens in a safe manner based on the developments of the COVID-19 pandemic in the world and the country, especially the domestic quarantine capacity, according to Foreign Ministry spokesperson Le Thi Thu Hang.

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Bringing Vietnamese citizens home (Photo: VNA)

She made the statement on February 25 when responding to reporters’ queries on Vietnam’s plan to reopen repatriation flights, after the Vietnamese Government suspended flights bringing Vietnamese people back home in late January, given the appearance of new variants of the coronavirus SARS-CoV-2, new outbreaks in many countries, and complicated developments of the pandemic in Vietnam.

She informed that recently, Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc has directed relevant offices to discuss with partners in countries with high safety factor about the resumption of commercial flights.

Several partners have expressed their wish to resume commercial flights with Vietnam, and Vietnam’s aviation agencies are considering and discussing specific procedures and dates, she added./. VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/vietnam-considers-reopening-repatriation-flights-715585.html

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Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson shares information about vaccination plan

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The Foreign Ministry’s Press Department is discussing with the Health Ministry to make it easier for foreign reporters to cover news about vaccination for Vietnamese citizens in line with prevention and control regulations.

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Spokesperson of the Foreign Ministry Le Thi Thu Hang shared information about COVID-19 vaccination plan in Vietnam during a regular press conference which took place virtually on February 25.

She said Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc assigned the Government Office and Health Ministry to soon submit a Resolution on vaccination and priority groups to him. At a meeting of the permanent members of the Government and the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control on February 24 morning, the Health Ministry gave its first proposal regarding priority cases, firstly front-line staff in the fight against the pandemic, including medical staff, staff of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control at all levels and those at quarantine sites, press and diplomatic staff, customs and immigration officers, army and public security forces, teachers and those aged above 65, suppliers of key services in the fields of aviation, transportation and tourism, electricity and water services; people with chronic diseases and those wishing to work and study abroad, those in pandemic-hit areas and others in line with the Government’s regulations.

She said the proposal must wait for the Prime Minister’s decision and the Government’s Resolution.

About vaccine suppliers, she said the Health Ministry and Vietnamese firms have been negotiating with vaccine manufacturers and suppliers in the world, including COVAX Facility, AstraZeneca, Pfizer, Sputnik V to provide vaccination for people as soon as possible.

On February 24, the first batch of vaccines, including 117,600 doses provided by AstraZeneca, arrived in Vietnam, she said, adding that the country is focusing on studying and producing vaccines at home. At present, the study and trial is on schedule.

Vietnam wants to access quality vaccines at reasonable prices which could be preserved under Vietnam’s conditions, she said./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/foreign-ministry-s-spokesperson-shares-information-about-vaccination-plan-715587.html

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