15:36 | 10/11/2015 Cooperation
(VEN) - Vietnam was recently elected to the 54th-member United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) for the 2016-2018 tenure by the United Nations General Assembly. This is an important milestone marking Vietnam’s deeper integration into international organizations. Vietnam has also celebrated 20 years of its membership in the UN and has been actively implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development which was adopted at a UN summit held in September 2015.
A recent ECOSOC meeting
As one of the six UN agencies, ECOSOC considers international economic, social, cultural, educational, health and humanitarian issues, and gives recommendations to promote respect for and implementation of human rights.
ECOSOC plays an important role in building policies, coordinating international efforts and enhancing policy combination to implement international development commitments.
“Vietnam’s ECOSOC membership demonstrates the international community’s confidence in Vietnam and their acknowledgment of our achievements as well as contributions to peace and development in the region and the world during past years,” said Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Pham Binh Minh.
Together with its successful role as a non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the 2008-2009 tenure, a member of the UN Human Rights Council for the 2014-2016 tenure, and a member of the UN Peacekeeping, being elected to ECOSOC will allow Vietnam to involve more in the UN’s work and directly take part in setting international principles and standards.
As one of 54 ECOSOC members, Vietnam will together with them monitor, evaluate and propose measures to implement development goals, share ideas, and find reasons for successes and failure in order to strongly promote the achievement of these goals on a global scale including the implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
The election to major UN agencies shows Vietnam as a dynamically developing country with active international integration and constructive and responsible contributions to protecting major international principles and resolving general challenges facing the international community. The election also shows the international community’s acknowledgement of Vietnam’s active and responsible contributions to the UN, peace, stability, prosperity and development in the region and the world.
To best fulfill its ECOSOC membership, Vietnam will regularly share ideas with other members, raise initiatives and make practical contributions to ECOSOC’s general activities, apart from pursuing Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “Vietnam has achieved many Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) and there is no reason for it not to become one of the leading countries in terms of implementing SDGs,” said Pham Binh Minh.