Multilateral diplomacy: New thinking, approach and position

09:26 | 19/08/2014 Cooperation

(VEN) - Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung when addressing the conference on multilateral diplomacy in the 21st century and recommendations for Vietnam held on August 12 said that Vietnam needed to change from active participation to positive contributions in order to build and adopt the common rules.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh speaks at the conference


According to Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung, multilateral diplomacy played a key role in the overall diplomacy policy and Vietnam’s international integration and remained one of the most effective means to implement the diplomacy policy.

Multilateral diplomacy has made great contributions to the building and protection of the country and brought historic successes such as the 1954 Geneva Conference and the 1973 Paris Conference, contributing to protecting the country’s independence and sovereignty.

During the renovation period, multilateral diplomacy had significantly contributed to removing the embargo on Vietnam. Thanks to multilateral diplomacy, Vietnam has become an active member of organizations and important forums in the region and the world such as the United Nations (UN), World Trade Organization (WTO), Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) and Asia-Europe Meeting (ASEM). In particular, in 2010, Vietnam took its turn as chair of ASEAN. Vietnam completed its role and played a part in bringing the ASEAN Charter and a roadmap on the building of the ASEAN Community into practice.

Together with efforts to build and protect the country, Vietnam needs to highly appreciate the role and voice of institutions and multilateral forums, especially the UN and ASEAN. Thanks to strong supports from international friends, Vietnam could resolve policy disputes through peaceful measures on the basis of respect for international law.

Positive contributions

Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung said that the coming time would see the restructuring the economy towards sustainability and empowering the country. Vietnam currently undertakes responsibilities and needs to complete its international commitments. The country needs to change from active participation to making positive contributions in order to build and adopt the common rules.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Foreign Affairs Pham Binh Minh when speaking at the closing session pointed out directions to implement multilateral diplomacy in the coming time. Firstly, Vietnam needs to strongly change from active participation to making positive contributions and focusing on ensuring sustainable development.

Secondly, the state should urgently propose the overall and long-term directions for multilateral diplomacy in the next 10-20 years. This is a prerequisite in order to meet the new demands posed by comprehensive international integration. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs will chair and coordinate with other ministries and agencies to implement its task and report to the prime minister.

Thirdly, multilateral diplomacy should focus on a number of key tasks such as successfully undertaking responsibilities and organizing big multilateral operations, completing international commitments, promoting inner growth and responding to global challenges.

Finally, Vietnam needs to reform and improve information mechanisms. In addition, ministries and departments should closely coordinate in order to respond to changes in the international situation and meet the new demands of the country./.

By Hoa Le