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Urban governance to be piloted in Hà Nội

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A resident affected by COVID-19 receives cash support from the People’s Committee of Vĩnh Tuy Ward, Hai Bà Trưng District, Hà Nội. The capital city will start piloting the urban governance administrative model from July 1. VNA/ Photo Trần Việt

HÀ NỘI – A plan to pilot the urban governance administrative model in Hà Nội has been issued by the city’s People’s Committee.

It aims to clarify and give instructions on implementing a Government’s decree on piloting the model in the capital from July 1.  

Under the decree, there will no longer be any ward-level People’s Councils in Hà Nội.

It means that instead of having both a People’s Committee and a People’s Council, each ward will be governed only by a People’s Committee.

The organisational structure of the committee will also be changed.

Instead of having only a chair, vice chairs and members, the new ward-level People’s Committee will also have a police chief, a military commander, and other officers performing different functions.

The chair will hold decision-making power and be responsible for everything that happens in their committee.

They can also authorise justice and civil status officers to make copies and notarise copies of the people’s original documents instead of having to do it themselves.

Officers working for these new ward-level People’s Committees will have the same rights and obligations as those working in their respective district-level People’s Committees.

Each ward-level committee should have an average number of 15 officers, according to the decree, but it’s not necessarily the same for every committee.

These changes will make major improvements to the Hà Nội’s administrative system, said Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Trần Tuấn Anh.

“With the urban governance model we will lay a foundation for the upcoming civil service reform,” he told the Government portal baochinhphu.vn.

“One of the key aspects of this model in Hà Nội is that ward-level People’s Committees work as local state administrative agencies and the chairs are leaders, which will ensure a democratic focus and help modernise the administrative sector.”

Urban governance will also be piloted in HCM City and Đà Nẵng City from July 1.

Instead of closing down ward-level People’s Councils like Hà Nội, these two cities will remove district-level People’s Councils from their administrative systems.

Wherever it is implemented, Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Trần Tuấn Anh said the pilot process would make good use of the cities’ civil officer resources.

“It will also help the cities to be more proactive, responsible and creative in serving the people, making them happy and speeding up the socio-economic developments,” he said.

Source: https://vietnamnews.vn/politics-laws/939060/urban-governance-to-be-piloted-in-ha-noi.html

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Truong Sa – Vietnam’s sacred archipelago

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More than four decades after national reunification, the Truong Sa (Spratly) archipelago has been changing day-by-day. 

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Those who have helped beautify the islands and islets are also those who firmly defend Vietnam’s sovereignty over them.

Truong Sa archipelago consists of 21 islands and islets and is home to 33 navy units. Recognising the importance of the archipelago and the DK1 rigs on the southern continental shelf, over the years the Party, State, and people have joined hands to make them stronger. In addition to military units, Truong Sa now boasts schools, medical stations, cultural houses, memorials, pagodas, and green spaces.

Amid an ocean of difficulties and despite being far from the mainland, navy sailors continue to safeguard Vietnam’s sacred national sovereignty over seas and islands so that Truong Sa is forever a place for Vietnamese fishermen, helping to maintain peace for all./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/maritime-sovereignty/truong-sa-vietnam-s-sacred-archipelago-737519.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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