Vietnam's Position Increasingly Elevated

11:48:48 AM | 14/5/2020

Vietnam’s foreign policies have gradually raised Vietnam's position and prestige in the international arena, enabling the country to play a considerable part in preserving world stability and peace.

More credibility

Vietnam has always expressed its persistent attitude to consistently implement foreign policy of independence, self-reliance, diversification and multilateralism; being active in international integration; and being a reliable friend and partner, a responsible member of the international community. At the same time, in all multilateral foreign affairs, Vietnam shifted from “active participation” to “active contribution and shaping of multilateral institutions”. Therefore, Vietnam has been trusted and elected to important positions in many important United Nations agencies such as the Security Council (2008-2009), the Economic and Social Council (1998-2000 and 2016-2018), the Human Rights Council (2016-2018), the Executive Council (2015-2019), the International Law Commission (2017-2021), and the Commission on International Trade Law (2019-2025).

After counting votes at the 73rd meeting of the United Nations General Assembly on June 7, 2019, Vietnam got 192 out of 193 votes in favor, an almost absolute result. This meant that Vietnam received far more support than the minimum winning requirement of 129 votes and was officially elected non-permanent member of the UN Security Council for the term 2020-2021.

Mr. Pham Binh Minh, Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister, said: “We see very clearly that Vietnam is elected and becomes a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council with the highest votes in favor in UN history. This evidences Vietnam's role and position to other countries”.

Vietnam assumed this position from January 1, 2020 and held the chairmanship of the Security Council in January 2020 with a lot of work to be done. With its best efforts, Vietnam has successfully accomplished all goals. The Security Council worked smoothly and effectively, especially with Vietnam’s two initiatives on organizing an open discussion on compliance with the UN Charter to maintain international peace and security until the opening month of the 75th UN anniversary (1945-2020) and a meeting on enhanced UN-ASEAN cooperation. With concrete actions, the month of Vietnam's successful chairmanship at the UN Security Council left a strong impression and message about Vietnam, a responsible and active member in the international community.

Besides, in 2020, Vietnam takes the rotational chairmanship of ASEAN with five main priorities including: Enhancing ASEAN’s performance of its role and contribution to the maintenance of regional peace, security and stability on the basis of strengthening solidarity and unity of ASEAN; strengthening ASEAN's common stance on cooperation in regional and international issues; promoting the formation and compliance with common rules and codes of conduct in relations among nations; reinforcing partnerships for peace and sustainable development with countries around the world. This raises the voice of Vietnam and is considered an important and influential factor in this developing region.

High international appreciation

Not only coping effectively with the Covid-19 pandemic, despite limited resources, Vietnam has shown generosity towards the international community. Accordingly, in order to support countries in the region and around the world to overcome difficulties in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, Vietnam has actively donated many medical devices and supplies. In the spirit of solidarity and support, Vietnam gave Laos and Cambodia medical devices, including protective clothing, medical masks, antibacterial masks, testing systems and SARS-CoV-2 virus test kits, worth more than VND7 billion for each country; offered 500 test kits to Indonesia; gave Myanmar US$50,000 to prevent and combat Covid-19; donated 5,000 tons of rice to Cuba and supported 550,000 antibacterial medical masks for France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom.

For these practical actions, Vietnam has received various compliments from around the world.

Mr. Derek Grossman, senior defense analyst at RAND Corporation, a Washington-based research agency, said that Vietnam's success in dealing with the pandemic and its high-profile gestures in the context of the crisis is an opportunity for Vietnam to prove its increasing value to the world.

Needless to say, Vietnam’s recent meaningful activities have demonstrated the goodwill of cooperation for a developed economy, a stable, peaceful society, and at the same time preserving its stature and stance on national sovereignty protection. In addition, despite numerous difficulties, Vietnam does stand ready to share difficulties with other countries, especially during the pressing Covid-19 pandemic. It has really helped Vietnam secure a more valuable position in the eyes of international friends.

By Giang Tu, Vietnam Business Forum