Deputy PM chairs UNSC open debate
17:30 | 10/01/2020

VGP – Deputy Prime Minister, Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh presided over a ministerial-level open debate, themed “Upholding the United Nations Charter to Maintain International Peace and Security”, held by the UN Security Council (UNSC) in New York on January 9.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres (left) and Vietnamese Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Phạm Bình Minh at the debate

This was an important event organized by Viet Nam in the opening month of its UNSC tenure, as the country assumes the UNSC presidency.

Amid the complicated developments in the world situation and the significant challenges posed to multilateralism and the UN, the open debate attracted special attention from a large number of UN member states.

Accordingly, more than 100 countries participated and gave presentations at the discussion, with many participating at the high level, such as the PM of Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and foreign ministers of Estonia, Hungary, Timor Leste, Nicaragua and Haiti. UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and former Irish President Mary Robinson, who is Chair of the Elders, were invited to deliver speech at the debate.

All countries highly appreciated Viet Nam’s initiative to hold the open debate with a topical and practical theme, contributing to re-iterating the importance of the UN Charter and multilateral cooperation in maintaining international peace and security.

UN Security Council open debate on the topic of "maintenance of international peace and security upholding the UN Charter" at the UN headquarters in New York

Speaking at the event, Deputy PM Minh emphasized the special significance of respecting and complying with the UN Charter in maintaining international peace, security and dialogue to work out solutions to the current and emerging risks to international peace and security.

Viet Nam believes that the compliance with the UN Charter and international law is the way to achieve sustainable peace and prosperity for mankind and to build a world order based on international law and fair, equal and friendly international relations between nations, the official emphasized.

The UNSC and each member country of the Council should take the lead in complying with and implementing the UN Charter, he said, asking the UN member states to strengthen dialogue, uphold multilateralism and optimize the tools set out by the Charter, especially in preventing conflicts and peacefully resolving international disputes.

Deputy PM Minh called for cooperation among countries to enhance the effectiveness and role of regional organizations, as well as to ensure the planning and implementation of strategies and policies concerning development, security, defense and foreign affairs in accordance with international law and the UN Charter.

Under the direction of the Vietnamese Deputy PM, the UNSC agreed to adopt a Presidential Statement on the respect for the UN Charter. The declaration, the compilation of which was chaired by Viet Nam, affirmed the UN Charter’s sustainable values in maintaining international peace and security, developing international law and regulating relations between nations.

It also reiterated the UNSC’s commitment to the Charter, emphasizing the need for all countries, UN agencies and regional organizations to act in accordance with the UN Charter and turn the fundamental principles of the Charter into orientations in their strategy and policy planning and implementation. This is the first time the UNSC has approved a separate Statement on the UN Charter./.

By Vien Nhu

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