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Women parliamentarians play important role in Vietnam’s development: study

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The UNDP is looking forward to continuing to work with Vietnam’s National Assembly towards closing the gender gap, both qualitatively and quantitatively, UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen noted.

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UNDP Resident Representative Caitlin Wiesen (Photo: UNDP)

The effort not only aims to get more women in elected positions, but also supports them to be effective when they get elected, she added.

Wiesen made the pledge on February 4 while addressing the launch of the research findings of a study titled “Roles of Women Representatives in Vietnam’s Development during the 2016-2021 Term” held by the University of Social Sciences and Humanities (USSH) under Vietnam National University-Hanoi and the UNDP.

“Women’s equal representation in leadership and decision-making at all levels, in both public and private sectors, is essential for realising Vietnam’s socio-economic development vision and key to equitable development that leaves no one behind,” she said.

The study showed that during the 2016-2021 term, the NA has its first female chairperson and 26.7 percent female representation.

UNDP’s global Human Development Report 2020 ranked Vietnam 65th out of 162 countries and among the top one-third of countries globally for women’s share of seats in parliament.

The study provides empirical evidence of how women have contributed socially, economically and politically to the country’s progress over the past five years. This is an important foundation for society and voters to have stronger confidence in women candidates in the upcoming National Elections.

It also recommends creating favourable conditions for NA delegates of all genders to proactively engage with voters via all channels, making use of social networking channels; and giving women delegates equal representation in all fields by promoting gender parity in all committees of the legislative body.

There is no significant difference between women and men delegates in the amount of time they spend on performing their delegates’ roles and mandates nor in the response rates in handling petitions and proposals from voters during this term, the study found.

For her part, Deputy Head of Mission/Head of Development, the Embassy of Ireland Elisa Cavacece said that the Provincial Governance and Public Administration Performance Index (PAPI) has been a powerful tool for the Vietnamese Government to capture feedback on how policy and public services have been delivered and benefited its citizens.

The soft launch of the research findings is a useful platform for the Embassy of Ireland to support and engage, in order to promote gender equality and women’s empowerment, she added.

The study was carried out with funding from the Australian Government’s Department for Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Irish Embassy Vietnam and UNDP Vietnam, through the Provincial Governance and PAPI research framework./.VNA

Source: https://vietnamnet.vn/en/politics/women-parliamentarians-play-important-role-in-vietnam-s-development-study-711363.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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